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Hessie to Lost Lake

Intermediate
 4.3 (73) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A relatively approachable alpine hike with easy access.


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4.4

Miles

7.1

KM

Out and Back

9,834' 2,997 m

High

8,988' 2,740 m

Low

860' 262 m

Up

860' 262 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

Exceptionally popular, and for good reason. This is one of the easier ways to enjoy a high alpine lake, beautiful forest, and good sense of the Indian Peaks Wilderness. It's popular, so expect company.

Need to Know

Trailhead parking is extremely limited, and there are no good alternatives when it's full. Take the free shuttle from the Nederland High School. Use this parking symbol to navigate to the Park and Ride



(the shuttle parking location has changed from the RTD PnR to the Ned HS. Please update the parking symbol as well.

Description

From the trailhead, cross the footbridge and take the Devil's Thumb Trail #902, which climbs steeply for about 0.5-miles on an old road. The shorter Devils Thumb Bypass turns right (north) in 0.8 miles, but stick left and you'll soon come to the Lost Lake Trail.

Beautiful forested trail continues and you'll quickly get to the lake. There are 9 campsites available (first come, first served, and popular). It's cold, but people have been known to take a dip. Fishing is also popular.

Enjoy the views, circle around the lake, and meander back down!

Contacts

Shared By:

Nick Wilder with improvements by Alex HW

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 73 votes

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Photos

The view across Lost Lake into the IPW.
May 3, 2015 near Nederland, CO
Many stunning views on the way out of High Lonesome Trail loop (clockwise) 08/08/18
Sep 28, 2018 near Nederland, CO
A nice view half way up to Lost Lake.
Nov 24, 2015 near Nederland, CO
Be sure to get an early start to beat the crowd.
Apr 8, 2017 near Nederland, CO
Lost Lake
Jul 5, 2021 near Nederland, CO
Great day for a swim!
Jul 28, 2015 near Nederland, CO

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Oct 2, 2021
Ross Therrien
Sep 25, 2021
ASWIN SINGH
Jul 28, 2021
Alex O'Connell
Wild flowers are having a banner year. Beautiful hike & destination. Extra mile is for the walk to actual TH 5.4mi
Jun 30, 2021
Matt Culpepper
Amazing wildflowers, spectacular waterfall, and cool subalpine lake. Campsite #2 is prime (4.5/800) 4.5mi
Jan 30, 2021
Rachel Pierstorff
Mostly snowpacked, some rocky spots. Snowshoes or spikes are useful but not necessarily required. 4.4mi
Dec 29, 2020
Katie Osland
Snowy, some traction and poles are helpful but possible to do with just hiking boots. 2mi
Dec 20, 2020
Matt Twyman
Windy AF but beautiful 4.3mi
Jul 29, 2020
Gina G