The longer I’m a Mom, the more I appreciate back up plans!
We arrived to Rocky Mountain National Park on a popular summer weekend so we couldn’t find a parking spot near the Fern Lake trailhead. The park had a great backup option. We were able to park at the Fern Lake Park & Ride lot (added a .7 mile walk each way on narrow, gravel road).
The hike begins on pretty flat terrain and follows the Big Thompson River. The area is lush with several access points to fish or picnic.
Cecy didn’t sleep well the night before our hike, so she started out pretty fussy. If she didn’t settle down and fall asleep in her carrier, our backup plan was to cut the hike a little shorter by stopping at either Arch Rocks or The Pool. Arch Rocks are 40ft vertical boulders that lean towards one another. They are huge!
The final mile from The Pool to Fern Falls felt pretty steep, so I was relieved to see the waterfall and start our journey back.