Lawn Lake

July 7 - 8, 2017 · Rocky Mountain National Park

Lawn Lake sits in a high wide glacial bowl, the valley is wide, and very lush. The lake is usually calm and flat and reflects the mountains onto the lake giving the effect of two skies. There are deer everywhere, and on occasion you can see moose too.

On this two-day trip the weather was not the best, I got to experience just about every type of weather Colorado has to offer: sunny clear blue skies, cloudy, thunder, lightning, wind, rain and hail. On the first day I spent most of the best times to take pictures and explore under a tarp during the hail storms.

After the hail storm and the clouds began to clear I went for a walk looking for moose, I had heard of two bull moose at the far end of the lake. As I was walking through the tall grass, I came across a deer bedded down. It was at that moment that it dawned on me just how bad of an idea it was to be walking through the tall grass. If I can come across a deer bedded down, that means I could possibly come across an elk, moose or worse a bear bedded down in this tall grass. I made my way out of the tall grass as fast as I could and without event.

In the camp site there is a resident marmot and a very curious deer, neither seem to be too bothered by people, a good thing and bad thing, I think. I talked with a park ranger on the way up and he said there had not been any reported bear contact at Lawn Lake, that was good news, the bear contact was happening mostly down at the car-camp sites.

The trail to Lawn Lake has a fairly constant up-hill gradient, but nothing too strenuous. The trail skirts the Roaring River and there is severe river bank erosion. The trail has been pulled back up-hill as the banks fall into the river. You can see where parts of the trail are about to collapse into the river. There are depressions on the trail indicating a pending fracture and collapse into the river.

Despite the less than ideal weather, Lawn Lake is a calm, beautiful and very peaceful place. Checkout my GPS tracks here.


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AREAS HIKED

Collegiate Peaks Wilderness9
Eagles Nest Wilderness10
Fossil Ridge Wilderness1
Fraser Experimental Forest1
Gunnison National Forest1
Holy Cross Wilderness12
Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness3
Indian Peaks Wilderness17
James Peak Wilderness1
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness2
Mount Evans Wilderness2
Mount Massive Wilderness2
Pike National Forest1
Raggeds Wilderness1
Rocky Mountain National Park41
San Isabel National Forest6
Sangre de Cristo Wilderness1
White River National Forest10
Zirkel Wilderness1

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SEASONS ON THE TRAIL

2021

The 2021 Season has started. Though the pandemic created a challenging 2020 season, I am looking forward to building on the 2020 season to create an incredible 2021 season. The pandemic has taught me a few things about when and where to go hiking. As such planning for the 2021 se...

2020

The 2020 hiking season has been incredible, even in the face of adversity. The pandemic has made for a logistically challenging season. Somehow, I was still able to piece together an incredible 230+ miles on the trail this season and able to see some truly spectacular places. Enj...

2019

The 2019 hiking season was an interesting season, this was the first season that I started and ended the season snowshoeing and a full summer of hiking for a total of just under 225 miles on the trail. What this season has taught me is that it's winter in the mountains for a long...

2018

The 2018 Summer Hiking Season has come to an end. What a season, incredible views and just over 230 miles on the trail. Even with 230 miles, this season seems short to me, perhaps I'll add something to it during the winter season - snowshoeing perhaps. In the meantime, I hope you...

2017

The 2017 hiking season was interesting, I was able to explorer more of Colorado's National Forests and get in some camping, not as much camping as I would have liked, but hopefully next year I'll able to get in more multi-day hikes. This season came in just under 129 miles roundt...

2016

The 2016 hiking season was about spreading out and exploring more of Eagles Nest Wilderness, Indian Peaks Wilderness and touching on White River National Forest - and of course a few trips into Rocky Mountain National Park. These are amazing National treasures. This season came i...

2015

The 2015 hiking season was a big hiking season, I decided to do a fundraiser for The Red Cross (I learned a lot about fundraising - it was very interesting) with my pledge to hike over 200 miles for this season, I came in at 217 miles for the season; what a great time out on the ...

2014

The 2014 hiking season was almost all about exploring Rocky Mountain National Park, it really is a beautiful park. What I learned during the course of this hiking season is, although people may roll their eyes when you say you're going on a hike in RMNP, it really is spectacular ...

2013

2013 is the year this all started. The hike to Pitkin Lake started it all. Although it was a difficult trail, I was hooked immediately. However, I didn't have the right gear and the seasons were changing quickly. So, even though this season only brought two hikes, I new this was ...