Hessie Trail to Lost Lake Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Eldora, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Vail: From the main Vail roundabout, travel west on North Frontage road for 1 mile. You'll see a sign on the right side of the road marked Piney Lake/Red Sandstone Road. Turn right at the sign. At 3/10 of a mile from the turnoff, follow the road to the right as it makes a hairpin turn and continues up the mountain. At 6/10 of a mile from the turnoff, you'll see a sign for Piney River Ranch at the beginning of a dirt road (FDR 700). To access the west trailhead, continue for 6 miles on Red Sandstone Road, passing Lost Lake Road. The west trailhead is located just before the intersection with FDR 701.To access the east trailhead, turn right off Red Sandstone Road onto Lost Lake Road. This road has many spurs and it's easy to get lost. Throughout three junctions, always take a left until the trailhead appears.
This hike is worth while but has a few draw backs. The "trail" is almost exclusively a loose rock logging road with only minimal areas of dirt trail. This trail is VERY busy. So much so that there is a shuttle bus for when parking is bad, 2 outhouses, and a friendly ranger writing parking tickets. Lost lake itself is pretty but not the most beautiful of mountain lakes. The changing of the leaves made this hike better than it would have otherwise been, but still worth while.
This trail was out and back for a total of 7.0 miles, not the 1.3 miles listed. Although there were a few scenic areas, there are other trails more scenic.
I enjoyed the hike which took you thru areas that had been logged out. It was interesting how you could see stripped areas and reforrested areas. The views are surprisingly diverse. Worth doing a little bushwaking to see sights that aren't too clear from the trail
Good trail, a little slow in some places. A little logging operations still remain
Hiked 10/11/14. This is a nice quick 7 mile hike on a well maintained trail. There was logging going on when I hiked, which does let you see more of the Vail valley. I would rate it higher, but there are more scenic hikes in the area, but they are longer and more difficult.
Good trail, recent clear cuttings made the views better. In a few years after logging operations have cleaned up will be much better trail
Good activity, but not very scenic until we got to the lake. Lots of felled trees, only saw Aspens on the first mile.