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Lawn Lake Trail

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Length


6.3 Miles 10.2 Kilometers


2,448' 746 m

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Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

10,997' 3,352 m

High

8,549' 2,606 m

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Shared By Brian Smith

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All Clear 79 days ago
Icy, Fallen Trees - The last mile or so gets increasingly icy. Yak tracks recommended for the last quarter mile to Lake Ypsilon. History

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A wonderful, moderate trail through a historically flooded drainage.

Brian Smith

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

From the Lawn Lake Trailhead, this trail immediately starts to ascend the southern flank of Bighorn Mountain through a series of switchbacks. At about the one mile mark, the grade lessens and the trail contours toward the Roaring River Drainage.

You'll hike into the drainage and follow it, through occasional switchbacks and steeper sections, for the remainder of the trail. Evidence of damage from the 1982 Lawn Lake flood is still apparent along Roaring River. Eventually you'll reach a junction with Black Canyon Trail at which point you've covered just over 5.5 miles. Continue past the junction for another half a mile or so to the terminus at Lawn Lake.

From here, you have the option of following the Crystal Lake Trail (1.5 miles) to Crystal Lake.

In the summer of 2016, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) teamed up with the National Park Service (NPS) to restore this trail which sustained significant damage during the September 2013 floods. To learn more about VOC's Lawn Lake Trail Restoration project, click here.

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Oct 23, 2018
Curry Perkins
We broke the trail up into two days. We stayed one night at Cutback camp and the next at the lake. It was tough for us flatlanders! 18mi — 14h 00m
Oct 20, 2018
Priscila Marin Amory
Oct 4, 2018
Greg Nava
Aug 9, 2018
Kendall Beggs
Moderately steep hike up to a beautiful alpine lake. We were there during the busy season and we still had the lake all to ourselves.
Aug 2, 2018
Audrey Mines
Aug 1, 2018
Flatlander Greg
Great Hike! Tough for a couple of flatlanders from Illinois not accustomed to altitude, but very achievable and worth it! Saw lots of wildlife nby!
Jun 17, 2018
Megan Pamperin
Beautiful hike, no snow before the lake. — 5h 30m
Jun 10, 2018
Keith McCue

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  4.5 from 20 votes

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Always wondered what it was like. Now I know and will not repeat this one. Long hike and not particularly difficult. Best part is seeing how the forest changes with elevation. Vistas are better on the way down. If time is limited, there are much more scenic options. Jun 2, 2018

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