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    The Pool Hike

    Difficulty
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    Very Easy
    Duration
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    1-1.5h
    Distance
    This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
    5.3 km
    Elevation
    This reflects the total elevation gained throughout this route as measured by the GPS file. This includes all ascents and descents, and is higher than what is quoted in most route guides, which simply measure the distance between the starting-point and high-point of the route.
    79 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    Adventure through the Rocky Mountain National Park as you hike The Pool Trail. Ascend the forested path along the Big Thompson River to The Pool. The Pool is formed by several turbulent cascades of the Fern Creek and Big Thompson River colliding, making a mesmerizing pool of blue-hued swirls.

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    Route Description for The Pool Hike

    The Pool Hike is a wonderful subalpine adventure to a hypnotic pool. The sight of the blue-hued swirling waters is inviting, but don’t let it fool you, the turbulence of The Pool is very dangerous. This short but sweet path to The Pool is ideal for families and spontaneous hikes in the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP)—just make sure you have your park pass! The Fern Lake Trail goes beyond The Pool, and The Pool Hike itself is popular, so if you wish to secure a spot in the parking lot and avoid heavy traffic, we suggest arriving nice and early!

    Begin your adventure to The Pool of the Rocky Mountain National Park, by way of the Fern Lake Trailhead. From here, follow the Fern Lake Trail east, along the curves of the Big Thompson River, where you may spot anglers and spectators atop the riverbanks. Hike the mildly undulating path through granite outcroppings and beneath the sparse tree coverage, enjoying sights of the looming summits peeking through the tree breaks. Eventually you will have to ascend a steep ridge to The Pool.

    Once at The Pool, enjoy the ambiance of the rushing waters and the mesmerising sights of the cascades. Revel in the grandeur of the towering cliffs and the serene vistas of the subalpine wilderness. Explore The Pool, and when you are ready, retrace your footing along the path back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the The Pool Hike Trailhead

    The Pool Hike departs from the Fern Lake Trailhead off the Fern Lake Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Old Forest Inn Designated Dispersed Campsites, view details here.

    • When to do

      Year-round

    • Pets allowed

      No

    • Family friendly

      Yes

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      Extreme

    • Route Type

      Out and back

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