Hike Profiles for Rocky Mountain National Park and Surrounding Areas
Spectacle Lakes

Lakes elevation: 11,350/11,360 feet - Trailhead elevation: 8,540 feet - Net elevation gain: 2,810 feet
Lawn Lake Trailhead - Rocky Mountain National Park - Distance: 5.0 miles one-way
These lakes lie in a spectacular setting
near the base of Ypsilon Mountain. The
last half mile of this hike is a steep
ascent with no maintained trail, and requires route finding and brief rock scrambling to reach the lakes.
RMNP boundaries in green / major roads in gold
Red star shows location of Spectacle Lakes
Major Trail Landmarks
Junction of Ypsilon Lake and Lawn Lake Trails (1.3 miles one-way from trailhead)
Chipmunk Lake (4.1 miles one-way from trailhead)
Principal Destinations Near Spectacle Lakes
Ypsilon Lake (4.5 miles one-way from trailhead) - via Ypsilon Lake Trail
Chiquita Lake (5.3 miles one-way from trailhead) - via off-trail route past Ypsilon Lake
Backcountry Campsites near Spectacle Lakes
Upper Chipmunk - (4.2 miles one-way from trailhead) - elevation 10,640' - 2 individual sites
The Lawn Lake Trailhead is located on the east side of the Continental Divide in the
northeast portion of Rocky Mountain National Park. The trailhead is located just off U.S.
Highway 34 in the Horseshoe Park area. To reach Horseshoe Park, drive on Highway 34
west of Estes Park to the Fall River Entrance Station. Continue west past the station for just
over 2 miles to where the highway turns south beyond Sheep Lakes, and turn right (west)
on to Fall River Road. The trailhead parking area is just 0.1 mile after this turn, on the
right (north) side of Fall River Road. The trailhead can also be reached from Highway 36
at Deer Ridge Junction by taking Highway 34 north to Horseshoe Park, and turning
left (west) on to Fall River Road.