Mount Fairchild Trail

HARD 3 reviews
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Mount Fairchild Trail is a 20.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fall River Estates Subdivision, Colorado that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and backpacking and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
20.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5,160 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

hiking

walking

lake

views

wildlife

over grown

snow

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

What a hike! Haven't done something quite like this in almost 20 years. For this to be classified as "moderate" couldn't be more incorrect. This was probably one of the most difficult hikes I've ever done. Started at the Lawn Lake trail head at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday (7/1) and got back down around 5:00 p.m. We did the Lawn Lake portion of the hike a little over a month ago. It was remarkable to see the change.........3-4 feet of snow at the lake, to absolutely no snow this time. The trail north of Lawn Lake is not very well maintained. There is a lot of overgrowth covering parts. Once you split off of the Saddle Trail there is NO marked trail to the summit. We tried following the trail that is posted on AllTrails, but there were parts that were just impossible. Stayed on rocks as much as possible, but there were parts that it was unavoidable to walk on plant life. We took a long loop around on the top so that we could get great views of Crystal Lakes (WELL worth it) and ended up making a stop at them on the way down. If there was an actual maintained trail to the summit of Fairchild this would be a much more popular hike. Not for the faint of heart. Bring lots and lots of water and be prepared for a long day. (Took us just over 11 hours round trip).

hiking
Saturday, August 02, 2014

hiking
Saturday, June 29, 2013