Category Archives: RMNP & Estes Park Wildlife

Cub Lake Trail Is A Beautiful Hike In RMNP

 

Cub Lake Trail in RMNP is one of the most diverse hikes in the area. It is filled with so much geological history as well as an abundance of wildflowers, birds, wildlife and gorgeous scenery.  It’s a 2.3 mile up to Cub Lake which is a great place to stop for a snack or picnic lunch. You might even see a moose along the way.

From there you can backtrack or continue on in a loop down to the Pool and then down to the Fern Lake Trailhead and walk back to your car. It’s a great 6 mile loop filled with many things to see!

Phil and I took about a 1 1/2 mile hike up Cub Lake Trail just to see the flowers, birds and wildlife. We weren’t prepared to do the whole hike so we just turned around and backtracked to the car. Anyway you go, it’s a beautiful hike!

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Bear Lake’s Nature Trail Guide In RMNP

 

When you go up Bear Lake, make sure you get one of the Bear Lake Nature Trail Guides in the little brown box by the lake. Whether you are an older couple or a family with young children, it is well worth it! There are 28 stops as you walk around the lake with very interesting and educational information. You will learn about Long’s Peak, the busy beavers, the birds of Bear Lake, an avalanche, the Greenback Cutthroat Trout, snow  knees,  and more. It is just fascinating! Kids love to find the different stop points around the lake. It’s great fun for the whole family!

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2 Elk Playing In The Water On Cub Lake Trail In RMNP

 

Phil and I were taking a hike on Cub Lake Trail and saw 2 elk in the distance in the meadow through the trees. A few minutes later we heard some very loud munching. Was it the elk or maybe a moose? It was pretty loud! We decided to investigate.

We bushwhacked through the trees and grass and found a pond that we had never seen before. In it were 2 elk who were playing in the water. It was so much fun to see. One would take a step or two in the mud and then slap his hoof on the top of the water. It was very comical! They seemed to be having a great time and we certainly enjoyed watching them.

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The Bull Elk Are Beautiful With Their Velvet Antlers

 

The Bull Elk lose their antlers each year sometime in March or April and immediately start growing a new set. They grow very quickly. By now they are very large and are covered with a  beautiful velvet which they will shed in another month or two as they get ready for the rut in September. You can also see how their fur is getting very sleek as they lose their winter coats and are ready for summer. They are just exquisite animals!

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