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Hessie to Lost Lake

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

4.4 mile 7.1 kilometer loop
85% Runnable
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 run 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

Runner Notes

Excellent altitude training without the dangers (lightning, ankle-twisting scree) found on the higher alpine trails nearby.

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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Aug 8, 2016
Matt Saunders

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  4.2 from 66 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
Great day for a swim!
Jul 28, 2015 near Nederland, CO
Beautiful waterfalls all along the hike up to Lost lake
Jul 28, 2015 near Nederland, CO

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