Lost Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salida, CO that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
The Lost Trail is a 3 mile out-and-back trail in the Methodist Mountain Trail System south of Salida, Colorado. The trail features views of Salida and the surrounding mountain ranges and is good for all skill levels.
This should actually be classified as an easy trail. The start has a 100 foot section that's a little steep but after that it's a very gradual uphill stroll that is easily handled by kids and people of all ages.
The Lost Trail was 1 mile from the parking lot to the Rainbow Trail that it deadens into. My wife and I had our two and four year old daughters and so we took it slow, but didn't have any problems. There was a couple that came down as we were getting started that seemed to have a challenge with how steep the trail was, but we didn't find it overly difficult even with the kids. Views were decent and there are lots of trails to add to the hike to make it longer. We took lost to Rainbow, then Rainbow to dead bird and that brought us back to the parking lot for a total hike of about 2.6 miles. Trails were marked well and would be a great place to mountain bike.
Lost Trail is part of the Methodist Mountain Trail System. You can easily use this trail in conjunction with others that cross it to make a loop back to the trail head. It is good for hiking, running, or mountain biking.
On this trail, there is one spot with more than usual steepness and it can be hard to manage if you're trying to go too slow because it had some loose gravel and dirt (I found it easier just to run up/down it and get it over with). The rest of the trail I would consider easy. The trail offers good views of the mountains to the west, hills to the north, and town below.