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Hessie to Lost Lake

Intermediate
 4.2 (70) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A relatively approachable alpine hike with easy access.


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4.4

Miles

7.1

KM

Loop

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 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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Shared By:

Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 70 votes

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Photos

A bridge aids your passage over this section of the trail.
Apr 8, 2017 near Nederland, CO
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
Great day for a swim!
Jul 28, 2015 near Nederland, CO

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Jul 29, 2020
Gina G
Jul 25, 2020
Tess Harris
Jul 3, 2020
Meg Medina
Beautiful waterfalls on river/creek.
Jun 27, 2020
Rick Zieser
Arrived 6:55am on a Sat, parking was full, took the shuttle. Most of those cars had frosted windshields, though, we were one of the first few parti…
Jun 23, 2020
Kevin F
Camped overnight at Lost Lake, quiet and peaceful. Trail and lake area are well maintained. Fox, Weasel, and Deer sightings!
Jun 20, 2020
Colin Trottnow
Dec 25, 2019
Lala Khalida
Oct 23, 2019
David Hikes