Marguerite Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park - Day Hikes Near Denver

May 29, 2016 Comments (0) 7-9 miles, Creek or Brooks, hikes near estes park, Medium, More than 90 Min, Rocky Mountain National Park, Waterfall Hikes, Waterfalls, Wildflowers

Marguerite Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park

Marguerite Falls is a set of casacades with upper and lower leaps, just below Fern Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. After the 3.9 mile hike up to Fern Lake, a social trail leads into the woods along Fern Creek to the falls. Explore the full Marguerite Falls hike profile below for trail map, driving directions, and more of the details and tips you need to enjoy this adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park.


Trail Snapshot: Marguerite Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park

  • Hike Distance: 7.8+ miles Round Trip (from Fern Lake TH)
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Duration: Approx 5hr Round Trip
  • Trail Type: Out and Back
  • Starting Elevation: 8155′
  • Elevation Gain: Approx +1285′
  • Seasons: Summer through Early Fall
  • Dogs: Dogs Prohibited in RMNP
  • Hike Trail Map: Click for a Map of Marguerite Falls RMNP
  • Recommended Trail Map with Location of Marguerite Falls: National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map
  • Denver Drive Time: 1 hr 40 min
  • Driving Directions to Fern Lake Trailhead: Click for Google Map
  • Driving Directions to Fern Lake Bus Stop Parking: Click for Google Map
  • Driving Directions to Park & Ride Trailhead: Click for Google Map
  • Town Nearest Hike: Estes Park, Colorado
  • Beauty: Sub-alpine lakes, mountain views, river, wildflowers, aspen trees, ponderosa pine, waterfalls, wildlife: Abert’s squirrel, elk, deer, moose, duck
  • Activities: Picnicking, hiking trails, snowshoeing, fishing, photography
  • Fee: Park Pass Required


Parking & Trailhead Information for Marguerite Falls in RMNP

Parking is more limited in this area of Rocky Mountain National Park, and you’ll likely have to park at the Park & Ride then take the shuttle to the Fern Lake Trailhead. You’ll find driving directions above to The Fern Lake Trailhead (closest to this hike), the Fern Lake Bus Stop Parking area (very limited parking), and for the Park & Ride lot. See the RMNP Shuttle page for dates and times of service. Avoid parking along Fern Lake road as this damages the road side. If you park or are dropped off at the Fern Lake Bus Station, the hike from the station to the trailhead will add and additional .8 mile, one-way, to your hike.



The Hike: Marguerite Falls in RMNP

After hiking the 3.9 miles up to Fern Lake from the Fern Lake Trailhead–see the full Fern Lake Trail Profile--a social trail can be found just before the bridge that crosses over where Fern Creek pours out of Fern Lake.

00-fern-lake-rocky-mountain-national-park-header-dnd

The social trail down to Marguerite Falls is just to the left before crossing the footbridge.

marguerite-falls-rocky-mountain-national-dnd-social-trail-begin

The social trail is steep at first, then weaves through a tangle of trees along Fern creek. Hikers should exercise caution, especially when the meltwater is high and the creek is swift. The trail may quickly become difficult to discern and hikers may need to navigate their way alongside the creek until the the cascades come into site.

marguerite-falls-rocky-mountain-national-dnd-socialtrailatfernlake

Marguerite Falls has two sets of cascades, the first, upper leaps, are located about 1/10th of a mile downstream from the lake. The second are approximately 1/10th of a mile further downstream.

marguerite-falls-rocky-mountain-national-dnd-leaps

The best route back is to trace the creek back up to the mouth of Fern Lake where it meets up with the main Fern Lake Trail.

Tips & Resources for Hiking to Marguerite Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park

  • TIP: Parking fills up fast. To avoid having to take the shuttle, we advise arriving at the Fern Lake Trailhead before 7:30 AM
  • Trekking Poles & Traction Devices are Recommended in Spring and Winter: During this time of year, there can be patches and even longer segments of snow and ice on the trail. Because of this, we recommend Trekking Poles and/or Traction Devices for this trail.
  • Bring a snack or picnic lunch: The rocks near the Big Thompson River and the shores of Fern Lake can be a great place for picnics. Plus, you’re going to need some fuel for this hike.
  • Trail Map for Fern Lake: Trail Map for Marguerite Falls in RMNP
  • Packing List: Always pack the 10 Essentials. Download our Hiking Guide to get list and dayhiking packing checklist.
  • Colorado Road Conditions: Colorado Road Conditions
  • After the Hike: Baba’s Burgers & Gyros


Weather

Estes Park, CO
22°
66% humidity
wind: 18mph W
H 39 • L 22
30°
Fri
29°
Sat
25°
Sun

Map & Driving Directions


Click for Driving Directions



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *