Rocky Mountain National Park: Lawn Lake Trail - Backpacker

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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Hike Lawn Lake Trail

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

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