Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers
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 High School. Use this parking symbol to navigate to the Park and Ride
(the shuttle parking location has changed from the RTD PnR to the Ned HS. Please update the parking symbol as well.
Excellent altitude training without the dangers (lightning, ankle-twisting scree) found on the higher alpine trails nearby.
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!
Shared By: Nick Wilder