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Lawn Lake Trail



6.3 mile 10.2 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 2,448' 746 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 10,997' 3,352 m
Low: 8,549' 2,606 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)


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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A wonderful, moderate trail through a historically flooded drainage.

Brian Smith

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


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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Aug 20, 2019
Bruce Benke
Aug 15, 2019
Rachel Reinhardt
10.9mi — 5h 15m
Aug 11, 2019
Greg Collette
Jul 12, 2019
Cara Hubbell
With Kelly. To the lake and back. 12.8mi — 4h 55m
Jul 4, 2019
Deanne Modaff
Amazing trail! Very well maintained and marked with only a slight incline the whole way. 6.3mi — 5h 15m
May 26, 2019
Steven Freund
Trail is clear until about 3.5mi in, at which sloped snowdrifts becomes difficult to navigate. 3.5mi — 1h 30m
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

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