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greenBlue Hessie to Lost Lake

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Trail

4.4 mile 7.1 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 860' 262 m
Descent: -860' -262 m
High: 9,834' 2,997 m
Low: 8,988' 2,740 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

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Snowy - Slushy but very deep snow.

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A relatively approachable alpine hike with easy access.

Nick Wilder

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 Park and Ride (just west of downtown). Use this parking symbol to navigate to the Park and Ride

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!

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Apr 8, 2019
E L
4.8mi — 1h 58m
Apr 6, 2019
Rachel Pierstorff
Packed snow the whole way, crampons definitely useful but my friend did it without spikes and used hiking poles 4.4mi — 2h 00m
Mar 31, 2019
Yoshiyuki Takahashi
4.4mi — 4h 20m
Jan 5, 2019
Cheryl McMaster
Jan 5, 2019
AJ Fisher
Very well tracked trail. No need for snow shoes but I'd recommend crampons for steep inclines.
Nov 20, 2018
Carolyn Jungels
4mi
Nov 17, 2018
Leah Rawdon
4-6" of snow; snowshoes not necessary at time of trip. 1.5mi — 1h 15m
Nov 15, 2018
Kim Chrislip
w/Sam. Good weather with a few wind gusts at the start. 4mi — 2h 00m

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  4.2 from 51 votes

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#94

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Parking is very limited at the trail head. However, there is a shuttle bus from the RTD in Netherland to the Hessie trail head. Jul 15, 2018

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