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Lost Man Trail #1996

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (7)

A moderate loop climb with a couple of steep sections to/from Independence Pass.


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Map Key

9.2

Miles

14.7

KM

Point to Point

12,782' 3,896 m

High

10,511' 3,204 m

Low

2,338' 713 m

Up

1,333' 406 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The trail begins to the left of the bulletin board and quickly crosses a wooden bridge. At the mile mark the trail forks. Take the right branch (the left goes to Midway Pass) and continue to Lost Man Reservoir. Stay left around the reservoir. At approximately the 3 mile mark there is a junction, turn right (left goes to South Fork Pass). The trail gradually ascends to Lost Man Lake. From the Lake, the trail ascends steeply to the top of the pass and then descends steeply to Independence Lake. The trail descends gradually to Highway 82 about 4 miles from your starting point.

Fishing is fair in Independence Lake, Lost Man Lake and Lost Man Reservoir. The trail is not a complete loopit is a good idea to set up a shuttle.

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Tom Robson

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  4.6 from 7 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
The hike back down to the parking area.
Jul 11, 2018 near Aspen, CO
Seasonal flowers (Marsh Marigolds) surround Lost Man Lake
Jul 2, 2018 near Aspen, CO
Just Below Independence Lake
Oct 14, 2019 near Aspen, CO
Lost Man Lake
Oct 14, 2019 near Aspen, CO

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Aug 25, 2020
Ellen Conry
Started from upper trailhead, going counterclockwise. stopped at Linkin Lake and South Fork trail. 10.5mi
Oct 6, 2019
Chad DuBois
Sep 8, 2019
Kat W
9.2mi — 5h 30m
Jul 20, 2019
Melissa Knesal
nice walk to the reservoir
Aug 8, 2018
Kinsey Davis
Jul 6, 2018
Kat Chorman
hiked with Laurie. perfect day - hiked in tshirt and shorts most of the day. good wildflowers but still early. 9.2mi
May 26, 2018
Spencer Merage
With Maddy and Mihana. A bit muddy and snowy at times. Out and back 2 miles each way. Stopped at hunter frying pan wilderness sign 4mi
Aug 21, 2017
Michael Ames