Lost Lake #502

The Lost Lake Trail #502 climbs several hundred feet in elevation from the southwest corner of Mesa Lake to the east end of Lost Lake just below the rim of the Grand Mesa.  The trail provides access to fishing on South Mesa Lake and to Lost Lake and offers many scenic vistas, but may be impassible from the late fall through the winter months into the late spring due to snow drifts.  Lost Lake is a long, narrow lake tucked up against the rim of the Grand Mesa surrounded by a large talus field of basalt boulders.  The lake supports some fairly large trout that are difficult to catch but many hikers hike up to the lake just to enjoy the emerald green waters of the lake and to enjoy the scenery of the area.

Geo-Ref Trail Map   Geo-Reference Instructions

At a Glance

Open Season: June
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to Hiking and Fishing.
Closest Towns: Mesa, CO

General Information



From Mesa, travel south on Highway 65 to the Mesa Lakes Resort.  Take the access road into the Mesa Lakes Resort to the Glacier Springs Campground which is located on the west end of Mesa Lake.  Take the Mesa Lakes Shore Trail #503, which begins from the parking area for the Glacier Springs Campground, for 0.18 miles along the south end of Mesa Lake to the intersection with the Lost Lake Trailhead. 


The upper trailhead for the Lost Lake Trail is located on the east end of Lost Lake.  The trail dead ends at the east end of the lake and can only be accessed by hiking up the Lost Lake Trail itself from the lower trailhead.



Off of the Mesa Lakes Shore Trail #503.  T.  11S.,  R.  96W.,  Sec. 35.  U.S.G.S. Map:  Mesa Lakes.


On the east end of Lost Lake.  T.  12S.,  R.  96W.,  Sec.  2.  U.S.G.S. Map:  Mesa Lakes.


Lake and Pond Fishing

Day Hiking

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
0.97 Miles

  Elevation : 
9,980 - 10,100


4 people hiking over a rock ledge

Hikers on the Hope Lake Trail