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Fern Falls

Fern Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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Awesome medium hike to waterfall that is better than Alberta Falls

This hike takes some time, but doesn't really get strenuous till the last mile or so. But the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
MarkDMarkDMarkD
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Tucson, Arizona
Plan parking strategies by going early.

If you hike this trail there are several choices for parking along the road leading to the... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Becky W
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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Fern Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hike takes some time, but doesn't really get strenuous till the last mile or so. But the reward is a better looking waterfall that is less crowded than Alberta Falls. This waterfall will mist you to cool you off and there is a small...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

If you hike this trail there are several choices for parking along the road leading to the trailhead. If you park in the lot by the restrooms it is a.6 mile hike on the road to the trailhead. There are a few nooks between the...More

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Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

A very beautiful, easier hike in RMNP. The falls are beautiful and the mist from the falls really cools you down. The trail can be really busy on weekends mid day. I've hiked this trail a few times.

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Reviewed 20 October 2016

Hiking up this trail to see the falls is more about the journey than the destination. The falls are okay...small, but getting there was a delight. The trail along the Thompson River was spectacular wth the aspens and fall colors surrounding the trail. It is...More

Thank TeacherDoris
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Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We walked about 2 miles in from the Fern parking lot. Well marked moderate trail. Follows Big Thompson stream. Plenty of access points to the stream. Our favorite hike of the weekend.

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Reviewed 1 August 2016

Took the 5.2 mile roundtrip hike to Fern Falls, a beautiful and tall waterfall. Wanted to continue on to Fern Lake but my teens were burned out from a busy week of hiking. No challenges, but steep last mile was worth the view.

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Reviewed 23 July 2016

A review by a senior (70's) for seniors. I know; I cheated. We decided to just go to the Pools on the Fern Lake trail. But Granny can do this hike--it's 3.4 miles--before breakfast. It is said to be the flattest trail in the park....More

Thank Earl D
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

We hiked here from Bear Lake, and had lunch on a large boulder, while taking in the scenery and sunshine. Nice hike

Thank got2bebiking
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

This was our first hike upon getting to the park. Somewhat strenuous, but very pretty. The falls are worth the hike.

Thank Rick G
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

Signage was excellent on this well maintained & traveled trail. Beautiful views, easy to get to, parking & shuttle bus available.

Thank peggymangancross
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