PT and I went for a great hike yesterday on Cub Lake Trail. The forecast was to be in the 50s with no rain in sight. The wind had died down here at the house but we know by now that weather conditions in Rocky Mountain National Park are sometimes very different. We did bring all of our winter gear….just in case!
When we got to the trail-head, which is about 10 minutes from our home, the winds were howling and it was cold. We were the only car there. We bundled up in our fleece and Gore Tex jackets, with mittens and hats and set out. It was a glorious day, full of bright sunshine and we were ready for a good hike. Cub Lake Trail is one of the most diversified of all of the trails in the park. You go through meadows, across a river where you might see an American Dipper, along the old glacier field dotted with thousands of huge balancing rocks and sometimes many elk, through the pine trees, through the aspen trees and on up to Cub Lake.
If you’re lucky, you might even see a moose…we didn’t yesterday. It got warm hiking up the incline but once we got to the lake, we zipped up again as the wind was ripping across the water. The mountains were white with snow covering them. They’ve gotten really hammered in the past week. It was a short stop, just enough to take some photographs and then we headed back down. It was such a beautiful day and a great day for a hike…we were glad that the winds didn’t scare us away.