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Lost Man Lake

Intermediate
 4.7 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An easily accessible high alpine lake not too far from Independence Pass.


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5.4

Miles

8.7

KM

Out and Back

12,776' 3,894 m

High

11,523' 3,512 m

Low

1,525' 465 m

Up

1,525' 465 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

An excellent hike through lovely wildflower-strewn alpine meadows to a tranquil mountain lake. The short 3.5 miles are worth the effort for the wonderful views of the surrounding mountain range and the calm waters of Independence Lake—which also provide great fishing for the adventurous angler.

Description

This hike begins off of Highway 82 just west of Independence Pass. The trailhead is located at the bend in the road with plenty of parking on both sides. It is marked accordingly, with a map at the entrance, along with wilderness rules and regulations.

The trail is uphill all the way to Independence Lake, but the grade should be manageable more most folks. It is very well loved, and it shows with many muddy spots as you make your way to the lake. You'll travel over many small streams, all with plenty of rocks to keep your feet dry. The entire hike is above treeline, with only small brush as company, so expect complete sun exposure the duration of the time. Sunscreen, hats, and long sleeves are highly recommended.

This trail is easy to follow and you'll likely not be alone, as this is a fairly popular hike, especially during the summer. Overall this hike is absolutely worth the effort and will not disappoint.

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Hiking Project Staff with improvements by John Shuttlesworth and 1 other

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  4.7 from 6 votes

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Photos

Beginning the descent to Independence Lake.
Sep 26, 2016 near Aspen, CO
Looking down on Independence Lake.
Nov 16, 2015 near Aspen, CO
Seasonal flowers (Marsh Marigolds) surround Lost Man Lake
Jul 2, 2018 near Aspen, CO
The hike back down to the parking area.
Jul 11, 2018 near Aspen, CO
Lost Man Lake
Oct 14, 2019 near Aspen, CO
Just Below Independence Lake
Oct 14, 2019 near Aspen, CO

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Check-Ins

Jul 19, 2020
Eric Harrill
5.4mi
Oct 13, 2019
Ryan William
Oct 11, 2019
Livia Abuls
Aug 12, 2019
Evan Kamis
Jul 10, 2018
The Mulvins
3mi
Jun 23, 2018
Til T
Climbed to saddle above pass between Lost Man and Independence lakes. 5.7mi
Sep 16, 2017
Andrea Asiala
Jun 30, 2017
Chris Hume