Lost Man #1996

Starting at the Upper Lost Man Trailhead, this is a moderate hike with a couple of steep sections. This trail is good for hiking and backpacking. Fishing is fair in Independence Lake, Lost Man Lake and Lost Man Resevoir. The trail is not a complete loop—it is a good idea to set up a shuttle. This trail accesses Hunter-Frying Pan Wilderness where restrictions apply.

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Lost Man Trail is within Hunter/Fryingpan Wilderness where specific restrictions apply. Please educate yourself about the wilderness hiking ethics. DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH.
Closest Towns: Aspen, Colorado
Information Center: Aspen-Sopris Ranger District

General Information


There are 2 ways to access Lost Man Trail:

1) From Lost Man Campground:

From Aspen, Colorado drive 14 miles east on Highway 82 to the parking lot directly across from Lost Man Campground. The trailhead begins on the left (north) side of the road.

2) From the last switchback before Independence Pass:

from Aspen, Colorado drive 18 ½ miles east on Highway 82 to the parking lot at the last switchback before the top of Independence Pass. The trailhead is on the left (north) side of the road.

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  Area/Length : 
8.8 miles one-way (14.2 km)

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  Elevation : 
10,507 feet (3203 m) - 12,800 feet (3901 m) at Lost Man Pass