Lawn Lake


  • Respect Wildness... Practice the 7 Leave No Trace Ethics
  • Plan ahead and prepare: Plan your trip carefully. Prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies. Plan for the least experienced member of your party.
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces: Hike single file in the middle of the trail or side by side in areas without trails. Camp in hardened areas only, not in meadows or on vegetation.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pick up all spilled foods and trash. Disperse washing and cooking wastewater 70 adult steps (200 feet/60 meters) from camps and all water sources. Leave no evidence of your stay.
  • Leave what you find: Leave plants, rocks, antlers and artifacts as you find them for others to enjoy.
  • Minimize campfire impacts: CAMPFIRES PROHIBITED AT THIS SITE. Use portable stoves only.
  • Respect Wildlife: Use carry-in/carry-out bear resistant food storage canister April 1 through October 31. Minimize noise. Avoid lakes and streams at dawn and dusk.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Respect the quality of every visitor’s experience.

EMERGENCIES: In case of emergency, call 911. Area map shows the location of the nearest phone.

Site Location: Site is in a mixed fir and spruce forest on north side of lake, northwest of Patrol Cabin. Lawn Lake was once a man-enlarged lake, but the dam broke in 1982 causing considerable flooding downstream and forming the Alluvial Fan and Fan Lake. The lake now exists at its original level. Wood signs indicate the paths to the sites; the paths may be marked by red arrowheads on trees. Camp safely away from standing dead trees, as near as is safely possible to the silver metal arrowhead.

Number of Sites: 4 individual; 1 stock
Elevation: 10,990 feet
Distance: 6.2 miles from Lawn Lake TH, 8.6 miles from Cow Creek TH, 8.7 miles from Lumpy Ridge TH
Approximate Travel Time: 5 to 6 hours
Elevation Change: 2,450 feet gain from Lawn Lake TH, 3,150 feet gain from Cow Creek TH, 3,150 feet gain from Lumpy Ridge TH
Privy: YES

Water Source: Water is available at inlet or outlet streams of lake. Boil or adequately treat all water.

To Reach the Trailhead (TH): Lawn Lake TH: From Beaver Meadows Visitor Center follow Hwy 36 west to Hwy 34 at Deer Ridge Junction (approximately 4.3 miles). Turn right onto Hwy 34 and drive to Horseshoe Park (approximately 1.7 miles). Then turn left onto the road to Endovalley and watch for the TH parking on your right. A stock loading area is a little further up the road on the left side of the road.
Drawing of Lawn Lake Campsite Location
Modified: 08/22


Last updated: August 12, 2023

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Mailing Address:

1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517


970 586-1206
The Information Office is open year-round: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily in summer; 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mondays - Fridays and 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Saturdays - Sundays in winter. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222.

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