Lawn Lake Trail

MODERATE 74 reviews
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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, walking, 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
2536 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

camping

fishing

hiking

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

muddy

no dogs

hiking
27 days ago

With the threat of snow we decided to give this a go. The early stages were steep with some switchbacks but it evened out, lulling us into a false sense of security! As we progressed further up, past some of the other trails, the snow started falling. As we got higher it got deeper until the last mile it was up to our knees! We persevered, mainly because we were following a trail runner's footsteps! We had seen him heading out as we did, so we thought if he could run it, we could surely walk it! However, he must be superhuman, or at least a world class athlete, as we found the last couple of miles horrific! The snow was getting deeper, and we had to take it in turns to lead! The wind was blowing the snow around and visibility was poor! We got to the lake and it was frozen with very little to see!!!! However, we felt a great sense of achievement! Needless to say we racticalky romped back down trail taking great delight as the snow got lighter. We were frightened half to death by 2 massive claps of thunder, and we were spurred on by the ever darkening sky!
We left car about 9.30am and got back there about 4pm- we did take a lot of breaks and selfies!
I can only imagine this is spectacular in the warmer weather, we did "enjoy" it though!! We don't often see snow as white, crisp, clean and deep as this so it was a great experience!

backpacking
1 month ago

Nice trail. Switch backs at beginning were a bit of a challenge. Definitely doable though.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

We went September 29, 2017. We came across all types of weather, sunshine rain and snow especially closer to Lawn Lake. After a mile and a half into the hike we only came across three other people. The scenery is beautiful and had a mixture of waterfalls, rivers and dense forest. I consider this hike moderate to difficult mostly due to the length. All trails report the length to be 13.2 miles. However my I watch reported 14.8 miles. Total time 6 hours.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

First mile is the toughest, if you pass that test you should be fine the rest of the way. Plenty of switchbacks through the trees, gradual but not strenuous incline throughout the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike, very few people at the trailhead 9/14 which was great. Lake is beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

A little tiring for beginners like us. We started late and was told not recommended due to its difficulty and late start. But I and my wife ended up trying it, started at 1030am. It is a pretty stony trail especially towards the second half of the trail. Scenery is beautiful particularly the lake opens up at the end of the trail. It took us about 8 hours to finish the round trip including lunch and some water breaks. Despite the foot sore and knee pain, it is worth the view.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! The beginning is a lot of switchbacks and through the woods. The ascent didn't seem too difficult, and we rarely felt winded during it. We could be in the minority but from beginning to end we only saw 7-8 people total while on this trail. Past about the 2 mile mark we only saw a few people at Lawn Lake itself. I'd recommend continuing past Lawn Lake and adding the extra 1.5 mile hike to Crystal Lakes Trail as well. While on this hike we saw a fair amount of wildlife. Saw a couple marmots, a few deer and a moose at Lawn Lake. Overall a very beautiful and fun hike!

hiking
4 months 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.

hiking
4 months 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).

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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.

hiking
5 months ago

5 months 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!

hiking
5 months ago