Lost Lake Trail

MODERATE 164 reviews
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Lost Lake Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, horses, and snowshoeing and is accessible from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.6 miles 879 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Nice hike for a short day. If you don't have very much time, then this is a good one to do.

snowshoeing
3 days ago

15 Jan 2017 - Easy morning hike/snowshoeing excursion. Get there early, even at this time of year. Due to snow, the road is closed about 1 mi before the trailhead. Got there at 07:50 and then got to the trailhead by 08:30. Since it had been a while since the last big snow, I barely needed snowshoes at all. Moose tracks near the end. Lost Lake was very serene, but the vistas were not spectacular. Got to the lake by 09:45. By the time the hike was over (10:45), the trail was a zoo and the road was totally parked up, so be sure to go early. [3.3/5]

hiking
8 days ago

Hiked on Jan 2, 2017. A nice winter trail, packed down so we just hiked in our boots. Lots of snowshoers and some cross country skiers. Definitely a popular trail, and it had nice views, especially once you get to the west side of the lake. It is mostly uphill to the lake, some gradual inclines, some flat areas, and then the last 0.2mi is uphill. That just means the hike back out is super easy. :) Our dog loved it too. Someone was even ice fishing on the lake - there was about 12in of ice on it.

hiking
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23 days ago

I've only gone in winter, snowshoeing. The last mile and a half is a bit steep!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

It was such a fun trail to go and experience with my uncle and dad and also with my dogs. Hope to be able to explore more of the beautiful trails all around colorado soon.

hiking
2 months ago

vero nice trail! defiantly an easy one to get started with in the area

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3 months ago

I loved this hike. Incredible autumn colors. Many hidden waterfalls. The last climb to the lakes was steep but not too tough. It took me about three hours there and back and that includes hanging out by the lake for a good amount of time.

backpacking
3 months ago

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Gorgeous hike ! A lot of it is incline which was really tough for me . I honestly was disappointed in the lost lake but enjoyed the hike,trees and waterfall on the way up . Highly recommend !!

3 months ago

Beautiful creek the entire way up. Some gorgeous waterfalls. And it's not too long! Go early because it will be packed. I suggest spring hikes because of the amount of water. We tried to get to Woodland Lake but there was too much snow; we got lost and had to turn back.