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Mount Fairchild Trail is a 20.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from April until September.

Length 20.5 mi Elevation gain 5,160 ft Route type Loop

Backpacking

Hiking

Lake

Views

Wildlife

Over grown

Snow

No dogs

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Note that Fairchild Mountain lacks an official trail or indeed any easily recognized route. Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day.

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Jim Paddock
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HikingMuddyOff trailOver grownRockySnow

Great views from the summit but this is a long grind, especially coming down. Beyond Lawn Lake the trail goes through a large marshy area (the bad news) but the wildflowers were incredible. There was also a bull moose in the area as well, so no complaints. The trail to the saddle above the Crystal Lakes cutoff is difficult to follow at times because it becomes a stream in places. From the saddle there was no marked trail that I could find. Well worth the effort, however! Took me a little under six hours going up, slightly less coming down.

Craig Jones
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Hiking

Summited Fairchild from campsite at Lawn Lake (doing this from the trailhead is a *really* long day). I ascended from The Saddle (between Fairchild and Hagues Peak) and mostly stuck to the west side of the broad swale on the north flank of Fairchild before turning toward the summit near 13,200'. Summit is a rock pile and a bit of a disappointment: the big views are all around the edge of the summit platform (the summit itself is a hill). In particular, the south edge of the summit platform provides excellent views to Ypsilon Mtn; I didn't make it to an overlook over the cliffs above Crystal Lake. I was chased off the mountain by a storm and so made the descent more down the center of the NE flank swale, navigating around the steeper portions

Kurt Ronn
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Hiking

I did this hike 40 years ago. Still the most memorable hike of my life. Lawn lake, Mummy mountain, and an unexpected, incredible view of the range from the saddle. It is spectacular. A 13,502 ft peak. The only disappointment was someone left a Coke can on the mountain top. Packed it out. Deer at lawn lake on way up, small wildlife, marmots on way down. Small patches of snow, but beautiful weather and clear in early September. A bit of acclimation between 10,000 - 11,000 feet, but cleared up. Boulder hopping up to summit from the saddle. Incredible flowers and unmatched views. Beautiful. And hard hike. Spent the night at Lawn lake.

Chad Huggenberger
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Hiking

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).

Aditya Gourav
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Hiking

This was the hardest hike I have done till date but 22 miles of pure Bliss. We did this in June without any snow in 2017. Started hiking around 9:30 am and we're back by 9 pm. We encountered a few sheep after the saddle towards the mountain. The view of the Mummy Range from the ridge is out of this world. You can also get a glimpse of Estes Park from the top. There's no trail marked after that. On our way down we sort of lost our route as the snow was still melting and we had to circumvent a lot of the swamps and streams. It's probably better to get a sense of these from a good height before starting the descent to lawn lake. All in all had a blast. Bring lots of water and keep hydrated. This is the definition of delayed rewards.

Jim Weber
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Doug Focken
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Scott Groeschl
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Mike C
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