Bear Lake to Fern Lake

  • Bear Lake - © Argyleist flickr user
  • Boulder field over Fern Lake  - © Brendan Bombaci flickr user
  • The Fern Lake Trail  - © John B. Kalla flickr user
  • Reflection on Bear Lake in the Rocky Mountain National Park  - © Frank Kovalchek flickr user

Key information: Bear Lake to Fern Lake

    This 9 mile loop (described by National Geographic as a "slice of heaven"), ascends by rivers, enjoying classic Rockies features including waterfalls and tremendous crags and peaks high above.

    Enjoy high Odessa Lake in its stunning setting, then descend by further streams, rivers and falls, to Fern Lake.

    A shuttle bus from Moraine Visitor Center makes this loop easy to get to/away from.

    This is a tough walk in high, remote mountains, on which you will have to be self-sufficient and where altitude can cause problems. Come prepared.

    This page is at an early stage of development. Please help us by making suggestions and sending photos! Thank you!

    For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Rocky Mountain NP  walk page.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating88
  • Beauty36
  • Natural interest17
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma33
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating88

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 14.5 km
  • Maximum Altitude: 3260m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

The Fern Lake Trail  - © John B. Kalla flickr user
Bear Lake - ©Argyleist flickr user

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