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Lawn Lake Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (26)

A wonderful, moderate trail through a historically flooded drainage.


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Map Key

6.3

Miles

10.2

KM

Point to Point

10,997' 3,352 m

High

8,549' 2,606 m

Low

2,448' 746 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

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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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Brian Smith

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  4.5 from 26 votes

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Photos

Start of Big Thompson with permission from dreamer 200
Jan 11, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Beautiful! A very special place.
Apr 28, 2018 near Estes Park, CO
Staggering vistas along Lawn Lake Trail. with permission from dreamer 200
Jan 11, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Waterfall along the Lawn Lake Trail. with permission from dreamer 200
Jan 11, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
A curious marmot comes to check me out along the Lawn Lake Trail.
Jul 4, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
The bridge across Roaring River has been rebuilt, providing easy access to the Ypsilon Trail.
Jul 4, 2017 near Estes Park, CO

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Aug 7, 2020
Alex Munoz
Camped out at cutbank after a 3 hour hike, slept then made a 7 hour hike up to lawn lake. drop your gear and go see crystal lake; pack lightly. 6.3mi
Jun 7, 2020
Irene Solis
Sep 15, 2019
Jake Stanton
13mi — 7h 15m
Aug 25, 2019
Greg Collette
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