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greenBlue Hessie to Lost Lake

  4.2 ( 56 ) Favorite

Trail

4.4 mile 7.1 kilometer loop
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

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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Jul 11, 2019
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Jun 28, 2019
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Jun 18, 2019
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Jun 14, 2019
Mike Sanders
Jun 10, 2019
Haley Fischman
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Jun 9, 2019
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  4.2 from 56 votes

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