Getting on/off van; driving approximately 30 miles roundtrip; about 1/2 hour each way. Hiking approximately 5 miles roundtrip; about 5 hours hiking with lunch stop; well maintained but rocky trail with steep inclines and descents. Trailhead elevation is about 8,250 feet; elevation gain/loss of approximately 540 feet; maximum elevation of roughly 8,800 feet.
At a local restaurant, we’ll order plated meals from the menu, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water included.
We depart by van from the motel each morning. The trail to Cub Lake begins at the west end of Moraine Park and has a reputation for being a good trail for viewing wildlife, including elk, ducks, and songbirds. Cub Lake is covered with pond lilies in the summer and affords a nice view to Stones Peak. This is a great first day-warm up hike in Rocky Mountain National Park!
At a pleasant stopping point along the trail, we’ll have boxed lunches. Pre-selected sandwich, chips, fruit, and dessert.
We’ll continue our morning hike and return to the trailhead in the mid-afternoon. En route to Estes Park, we’ll then stop at the Visitor's Center for a rest stop and an opportunity to independently explore the exhibits. Will we return to the hotel before dinner.
At a local restaurant, we’ll order plated meals from the menu with soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.