The Spirit of the Rockies
Hike Profiles for Rocky Mountain National Park and Surrounding Areas
Cub Lake
The trail to Cub Lake
begins at the west end
of Moraine Park, and
has a reputation for being
a good trail for viewing
wildlife, including elk,
ducks, and songbirds.
Cub Lake is covered with
pond lilies in the summer
and affords a nice view
to Stones Peak.
Distance: 2.3 miles one-way

Lake elevation: 8,620 feet

Trailhead elevation: 8,080 feet

Net elevation gain: 540 feet

Cub Lake Trailhead

Rocky Mountain National Park
Cub Lake and Stones Peak
Major Trail Landmarks
There are no major trail landmarks on the hike to Cub Lake
Principal Destinations Near Cub Lake
The Pool (4.1 miles one-way from trailhead) - via Cub Lake Trail
Backcountry Campsites Near Cub Lake
Cub Creek (2.2 miles one-way from trailhead) - 2 individual sites
The Cub Lake Trailhead is on the west end of Moraine Park, on the east side of Rocky Mountain National
Park. From the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station on U.S. Highway 36, head west less than a quarter mile
and turn south on Bear Lake Road toward Moraine Park. Follow Bear Lake Road about 1.2 miles to a
right-hand turn toward Fern Lake and the Moraine Park campground. This road follows the north side of
Moraine Park for a half-mile to another junction. At this junction, turn left (south) toward the Fern Lake and
Cub Lake Trailheads. Cub Lake Trailhead is about 1.2 miles from this point, and parking space is limited

The Cub Lake Trail leads on a fairly level grade west through open areas where beaver ponds are common.
The trail then passes through a stand of aspen trees and passes the Cub Creek campsites before
reaching the marshy area at Cub Lake.
Sample photographs of the hike to Cub Lake
Cub Lake Trail near the trailhead
Cub Lake trail near the lake
East end of Cub Lake
Stones Peak and Cub Lake
Cub Lake topographic map
Principal summer trail marked by solid red line; unmaintained trail or route marked by dashed red line.
Map is oriented with north to the top of the map
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