Elevation: 8,540 ft - 9,632 ft (campground)
Elevation Gain: 1,092 ft
Date Hiked: 22 October 2011
Dogs: No, National Park
Bathroom at trailhead: Yes
|Llamas on the Lawn Lake Trail|
The stock parking for Lawn Lake is a quarter of a mile up Fall River Road from the Lawn Lake Trailhead. It is quite large and the stock trail starts just across the road. While it does head to the trailhead, there is a turnoff for the trail itself that cuts a few hundred yards off the trip.
|Looking down on the Alluvial Fan. Large boulders the size of cars litter the valley, testament to the power of water.|
|20 years later and flood is still evident|
I have always liked this trail because it winds leisurely along the eroded banks of the Roaring River. Back in 1982, the Lawn Lake dam failed, causing a torrential flood that ripped out the banks of the the Roaring River, creating the Alluvial Fan (a great place to walk in the park), and flooding Estes Park, killing one camper. The force of that flood is still evident today.
|Mt Chiquita (13,069 ft) peeks above the trees while Ypsilon Mountain (13,514 ft) stays out of site just to the right.|
|Long's Peak dominates the view looking back down the trail|
|Our turn around point. Lawn Lake is another 3.5 miles further near the mountain in the distance.|
|Llamas Krescent and Liberty smile for the tourists..."Can we pet them?" was a common refrain.|