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This route description is part of a two-car shuttle that leaves one vehicle at the Lawn lake TH and another at the Chapin Pass TH on the one way, Old Fall River Road. To view the rest of this route description, you will need to read the descriptions for Mount Chiquita, Ypsilon Mtn., and Fairchild Mtn. One way mileage and elevation gain estimates are measured from the summit of Fairchild Mtn. Round-trip figures assume completion of the entire circuit.
From the summit of Fairchild Mtn., descend NNE along a broad ridge to "The Saddle" at 12,398 ft. You'll be walking over a combination of tundra and probably a little more embedded rock than you would like. Expect patches of snow to large snowfields on this north facing slope depending on the season. As you begin the ascent to Hagues, things will steepen considerably. You will encounter a variety of terrains including sandy talus, rocks, boulders, large blocks and most any other unpleasant arrangement you can think of. There is virtually no tundra. As you approach the summit, contour a little to the east to avoid some obstacles closer to the ridge. The summit itself is surrounded by small cliffs and comprised of large, block type boulders. The west side drops off dramatically. Pick your own route through.
Alternates: 1. If coming from Mummy Mtn. by following the east ridge of Hagues, you'll find easy walking on tundra that gives way to more rock and boulders as you approach the summit. 2. Hagues can also be climbed by hiking the entire length of the Lawn Lake Trail from the TH of the same name. It's appx. 6.5 miles to the north end of Lawn Lake from the TH. From there, continue NW for another 2 miles on the same trail to "The Saddle" at 12,398 ft. From the Saddle, follow the route description provided above. Round trip, this would be close to an 20 mile day. See this link for more details:
http://www.protrails.com/trail/62/rocky-mountain-national-park-lawn-lake. There are two fairly close designated backcountry campsites. One is right at Lawn Lake, just west of the patrol cabin. The other is further down trail, about two miles before the lake. The link above provides further detail or search the RMNP website for further information.