Like Fern Lake and Fern Creek, Fern Falls probably was named after a local lady rather than after the many bracken ferns that grow along the lower part of the trail, which follows a very easy grade along the Big Thompson River. These ferns are relegated to stream valleys, where moisture is readily available. Look closely at the lacy patterns of the fern leaves, which are particularly lovely in fall, when they turn a rusty golden color. The Fern Lake Trail often emerges from the forest into meadows opened by beavers removing aspen. Throughout the warm months, these meadows produce many wildflowers that brighten the open spots with masses of color. Arch Rocks, which probably fell from the cliffs above rather than being deposited by retreating glaciers, are interesting megaliths along the trail. The Pool is a wide spot where a bridge crosses the Big Thompson River, providing a sturdy platform for viewing swirling patterns of white water. Highlights: Arch Rocks, The Pool, Fern Falls.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Estes Park|
|Skill Level||Easy to moderate|
|Season||Best summer and fall|
|Trailhead Elevation||8,155 ft|
|Top Elevation||8,800 ft|
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