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Hike Profiles for Rocky Mountain National Park and Surrounding Areas
The Saddle
The Saddle is a remote
pass in the northeast
portion of Rocky Mountain
National Park. It is the
low point on the ridge
between Hagues Peak and
Fairchild Mountain, and
can be reached by a
narrow but easy-to-follow
unimproved trail leading
from Lawn Lake.
Distance: 8.3 miles one-way

Pass elevation: 12,398 feet

Trailhead elevation: 8,540 feet

Net elevation gain: 3,858 feet

Lawn Lake Trailhead

Rocky Mountain National Park
View toward Lawn Lake from The Saddle
Major Trail Landmarks
Junction of Lawn Lake and Ypsilon Lake Trails (1.3 miles one-way from trailhead)
Junction of Lawn Lake and Black Canyon Trails (5.6 miles one-way from trailhead)
Lawn Lake (6.2 miles one-way from trailhead) - end of maintained trail
Junction of unimproved trails to Crystal Lake and The Saddle (7.0 miles one-way from trailhead)
Principal Destinations Near The Saddle
Crystal Lake (7.7 miles one-way from trailhead) - via unimproved trail beyond Lawn Lake
Fairchild Mountain (8.8 miles one-way from trailhead) - via unimproved trail beyond Lawn Lake

Hagues Peak (9.0 miles one-way from trailhead) - via unimproved trail beyond Lawn Lake
Backcountry Campsites Near The Saddle
Lawn Lake (6.2 miles one-way from trailhead) - 5 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.

From the trailhead, hike the Lawn Lake Trail for 6.2 miles to Lawn Lake. Continue on the trail along the
north side of Lawn Lake, as the path narrows but continues as a visible trail. This trail splits west of Lawn
Lake, with the left-hand trail leading southwest to Crystal Lake and the right-hand trail leading to
The Saddle. Follow the narrow right-hand trail through alpine meadows and tundra to The Saddle. This
approach may necessitate a crossing of a very shallow stream without a bridge, depending on the season.
Sample photographs of the hike to The Saddle
Fairchild Mountain and Crystal Lake cirque
Mummy Mountain from near The Saddle
Hagues Peak from The Saddle
View south to Fairchild Mountain
The Saddle topographic map
Principal summer trail marked by solid red line; unmaintained trail or route marked by dashed red line.
Map is oriented with north to the top of the map
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