Saturday, August 3, 2019

Fern Falls and Cub Lake

Another great day to get out for a walk, in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Original plan was to hike from Bear Lake.

But, we didn't get going in time. The parking lot was full before we even got through the park entrance. 

So after a brief re-plan I found another trail that might be accessible, and we went for it. The 8.5 Mile loop went up to Fern Falls and back around Cub Lake.

As it happened there was a shuttle bus, that pulled up as we left the car. Took us a Mile up the busy dusty road, which was nice to avoid.

The first park of the trail meanders with Thompson creek. Then climbs from the pools, up to the waterfall.

A quick back track to the pool, and around to the south side of the valley.

This side had a completely different feel. It had burt in the last few years so was sunny, and the wildflowers and raspberries were abundant !

Also still climbing and right at the Montane elevation

Plenty of water from snow melt and afternoon thunder showers. The flowers and butterflys are loving it.

Butterfly Balm. AKA Horse Mint.

Maddy the Eagle, over Cub Lake.

Lots of Lilly pads on Cub Lake.

Nice to have the cloud shade, I bet it gets hot here on sunny days.

Can't help but smile walking passed all the wildflowers. So colorful.

The red rocks seem much redder in real life.

getting back down in to Moraine Park Meadow land.

Lots of good beaver terrain.

Nice variety of spectacular terrain, views flowers and geology.

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