Rocky Mountain National Park: Lawn Lake Trail

A wicked flood raged through this valley 20 years ago, carving wide furrows down the Roaring River from Lawn Lake. This hike is 11.6 miles round trip.
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A wicked flood raged through this valley 20 years ago, carving wide furrows down the Roaring River from Lawn Lake. This hike is 11.6 miles round trip.

INFO For information on permits, current trail and camp conditions, and wilderness guidelines, go to nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm

PERMIT A wilderness permit is required for all overnight camping in the backcountry. Reservations accepted ($20 administrative fee for permits during peak season). nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/backcntry_guide.htm

CONTACT Rocky Mountain National Park, (970) 586-1206; nps.gov/romo

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 18.7

Waypoints

LLT001

Location: 40.407383, -105.626213

Lawn Lake trailhead; stiff climb with stunning views of Hidden Valley

LLT002

Location: 40.407745, -105.625793

Turn L @ T

LLT003

Location: 40.415199, -105.633316

Horseshoe Falls

LLT004

Location: 40.417667, -105.633469

Large mudslide on opposite side of Roaring River

LLT005

Location: 40.420017, -105.634987

R @ Y, staying E of river

LLT006

Location: 40.431149, -105.639801

Small stream joins river on L

LLT007

Location: 40.433098, -105.635796

Watch for flood scars; in 1982, a 30-foot wall of water raged down the Roaring River after an un-maintained dam broke at Lawn Lake

LLT008

Location: 40.443531, -105.625893

Continue upstream along W edge of Tileston

LLT009

Location: 40.460743, -105.621239

Bear L @ Bear Canyon Trail

LLT010

Location: 40.466396, -105.628891

Lawn Lake sits in the shadow of the Mummy Range; return home. Optional: Climb 1.2 mi up to the blue waters of Crystal Lake