Lawn Lake Trail

MODERATE 65 reviews
#32 of 135 trails in

Lawn Lake Trail is a 13.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and horses and is best used from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
13.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2746 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

no dogs

hiking
8 days ago

Took me from about 7am to 1:30pm to get from trailhead to Lawn Lake and back. I ran a lot of the way down. It gets crowded later in the day. Lawn Lake is worth the walk! Have lunch up there. There are a few brief steep uphill portions but otherwise it's a smooth incline. Currently horses are not allowed on this train due to reforestation/maintenance issues, according to the signs.

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12 days ago

Hiked Sunday 8/6/17

The trail initially switchbacks then straightens along the side of a ridge with views of Horseshoe Park to the south and then levels for a couple miles along the banks of Roaring River before turning deeper into the forest and gradually climbing again on a rockier trail, later curving back nearer to the river before reaching Lawn Lake. It was nice to hear the sound of the water tumbling over the rocks for much of the hike. The trail is muddy in places but never deep, and was nearly entirely shaded during the morning’s ascent, but a few sections of the trail were sunny and warm in the afternoon on the way down. Along the trail, you can enjoy occasional views of the surrounding peaks, cascades along Roaring River, and the quiet of a dense forest. Lawn Lake itself is large and open and has a somewhat sandy shore—no scramble up to it or rocks to maneuver around to reach it. The trail not strenuous and we reached Lawn Lake in 2.25 hours, leaving the TH around 6:45 AM and arriving at 9:00 AM. We were the only ones at the lake at that time and encountered no others ascending the trail—only a few campers returning to the TH. We then continued onto The Saddle and Crystal Lakes (see respective AllTrails pages).

24 days ago

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1 month ago

Did this hike with the entire family, kids 12 and 14. It is long, but the trail offers several great views of the river and mountains. Lawn Lake at the end does not disappoint.

hiking
1 month ago

Longer than we expected but it was a great hike overall. 70% of it is in the woods and there are many switchbacks. The entire way there is uphill, especially the first mile. But the view, oh the view. Lawn Lake is absolutely gorgeous, so happy we did this trail.
Set aside 6 hours for the hike (including a few stops and half hour lunch).

hiking
1 month ago

First one mile is straight up. Then you arrive at a stream in a canyon. You can have lunch at the stream and their is a bridge crossing it. Turned around at the 1.5 mile mark or so. Did not go to the end.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

A beautiful and steady climb from the Lawn Lake trailhead guides you along the eastern bank of Roaring River through a series of varied alpine habitats. This hike maybe longer than other in the area but the climb is gradual and relatively easy most of the way allowing for a quick out and back or a leisurely day hike with great rewards. Aspen trees give way to older denser growth which helps keep this hike cool until you approach the more wide open spaces around Lawn Lake. Well worth the time to experience some picture perfect views without the crowds. Get to the trailhead early as it is usually full by 8 am on the weekends and swamped with people by 12. Happy Hiking!

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1 month ago

Long, beautiful hike up to a gorgeous lake surrounded by 13ers. Very few people on the trail after about 4 miles. Only 2 other people at Lawn Lake. I continued on to the 3 Crystal Lakes. Should be noted that it's farther to those lakes than the app states. Is definitely worth going on for the views and wildlife. Pretty decent elevation gain but it's gradual throughout so it's not too bad if you are acclimated to the altitude. If not, wouldn't recommend going past Lawn Lake. Still quite a bit of snow after Lawn Lake and trail pretty over grown with shrubs and very wet. Got sleeted/snowed on. Total round trip was 16.5 miles but great

1 month ago

1 month ago

If you want peaceful solitude and a trail all to yourself, then take this hike. Lawn Lake is truly worth the effort. I started about 6:45 am and was very comfortable, but by the time I was headed back down, it had become quite hot. An absolutely beautiful trail. Ypsilon Lake was my other favorite.

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2 months ago

Great hike! One of my fondest memories with my Dad!

2 months ago