Lawn Lake Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Elevation Gain3,914ft
Trailhead Elevation8,553ft
Elevation Min/Max8553/11092ft
Elevation Start/End8553/8553ft

Lawn Lake Trail

Lawn Lake Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 6.6 miles long and begins at 8,553 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,914 feet. Lawn Lake Trail Head and another parking are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Black Canyon Trail, Ypsilon Lake Trail, Little Horseshoe Park Trail and Crystal Lake Trail.
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Pathfinder | 141 pts
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The trail along the roaring river is amazing. After a quick climb up steep switchbacks, the trail begins to follow the river to Lawn Lake. This river is an absolute jewel that most hikers ignore. It contains one of the few self-sustaining native trout species (greenback cutthroat - rainbow/brown are actually non-native). My absolute best day of fly fishing was here where almost every cast was a catch. It is undoubtedly the most beautiful trout as well. But if you do fish this river, please take all precautions as this is an endangered species, barbless catch and release and quick release is a must - no photos. I never made it to the lake, but I hear the fishing is great there too. I also saw elk on the trail, but you clearly see what my highlight was.
Adventurer | 491 pts
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This is an amazing trail that shows the forces of water during a flood. The hike only gets more beautiful as you go further up the trail. Once you reach Lawn Lake, hike around and on up to Crystal Lakes, which sit in a spectacular glacial valley. Truly stunning!
Explorer | 40 pts
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I hiked this trail with my girlfriend. As we came above treeline we ran into a bit of a hail storm and packing all the neccessities became very helpful. This trail starts off along the river in a fairly wide open soft dirt trail. As you reach some of the higher elevations it gets steeper and there are lots of loose rocks. Good boots helpful. On July 4th we probably ran into 5-10 other groups of people on the hike...I would think you could find days where you wouldn't see anyone. Beautiful hike, 100% recomended.

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"Lawn Lake was once a reservoir, but the dam broke in 1982, causing a flood that roared down the slopes of Fall River Canyon and into Estes Park. Long and narrow, the lake looks a little like a bathtub half full of water. Key Species: Greenback cutthroat trout." Read more
"This hike is full of drama: the Y-shaped, snow-filled scar on Ypsilon Mountain; Horseshoe Falls and the canyon gorged by the escaped dam waters of Lawn Lake; and the lung-busting climb of the Ypsilon Trail. You’ll be widely entertained— not to mention sufficiently tired—at the end of this hike to the Upper Chipmunk Campsite, which is located between Chipmunk Lake and Ypsilon Lake and provides access to both." Read more

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