A 5-mile out-and-back hike on the Fern Lake Trail leads to Fern Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park. To get to the trailhead from the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station in Estes Park, drive .25 miles, turn left onto Bear Lake Road, go 1.25 miles and turn right toward Moraine Park Campground. Drive .5 miles, turn left on Fern Lake Road and then continue 1.5 miles to a winter parking lot or 2 miles to the summer lot at Fern Lake Trailhead. When hiking the trail you will cross the Big Thompson River on a footbridge at 2 miles. Bear right at the pool and cross another footbridge over Fern Creek. Continue to Fern Falls, left of the trail.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Susan Joy Paul