Lost Lake Trail

  

Lost Lake in June with snow and views of high mountain peaks (photo courtesy of Nick Turner)

From Hessie Trailhead, cross the footbridge following Devils Thumb Trail #902 which climbs steeply for about a half-mile on an old road.

Do not take the Devils Thumb Bypass which turns right (north) in 0.8 miles just before the bridge. This trail does not pass the Lost Lake Trail junction. Instead, cross the bridge and stay on the main Devils Thumb Trail.

It is 1.1 miles from the trailhead to the Lost Lake Trail junction. Turn left (south) following signs for Lost Lake Trail #813. The lake is up another half mile on a good trail.

Camping is allowed only at designated campsites. Click here for a map.

Click here for a trail description.

At a Glance

Permit Info: No permits are required at this time.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: The Lost Lake Trail is located outside the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Wilderness regulations do not apply. Camping at Lost Lake is restricted to eight designated campsites around the lake. Permits are not required, camping is first-come, first-served. Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Closest Towns: Nederland, Colorado
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515; Contact Us

General Information

Directions:

From Nederland, head south on Colorado Highway 119 for 0.6 miles. Turn west onto County Road 130, signed for Eldora. Follow the paved road through the valley to the Town of Eldora, where the pavement ends. Continue beyond the end of the pavement for 0.75 miles to the fork in the road. The left fork goes to Hessie Trailhead.


Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Fishing

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Hiking

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Day Hiking

This is a short, steep trail. It splits from Devils Thumb Trail about one mile out of Hessie Trailhead, then climbs for another 1/2 mile, ending at Lost Lake. It offers distant views of the Continental Divide.
Fire InformationUnless seasonal restrictions are in effect, campfires must be attended at all times and cold to the touch with the bare hand before being abandoned. Collection of dead and down wood is allowed; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood.
Elevation descThis trail gains 800 feet over 1.5 miles
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Backpacking

This is a short, steep trail. It splits from Devils Thumb Trail about one mile out of Hessie Trailhead, then climbs for another 1/2 mile, ending at Lost Lake. It offers distant views of the Continental Divide.
Fire InformationUnless seasonal restrictions are in effect, campfires must be attended at all times and cold to the touch with the bare hand before being abandoned. Collection of dead and down wood is allowed; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood.
Elevation descThis trail gains 800 feet over 1.5 miles
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Horse Riding & Camping

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Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
1.4 miles. (One way)

  Elevation : 
9,100' - 9,800'

 



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