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hiking
3 days ago

What a great way to get away into the mountains fast! We drove from Carbondale in the morning on a Wednesday in late August. The 3 of us had the full spectrum of hiking experience, so we hiked to the pace of our slowest friend—and we had a great hike! We parked at the hairpin turn (the upper trailhead) that you encounter before Independence Pass—plenty of parking there and it’s a paved surface. So we did the hike counter-clockwise and reached Independence Lake after 2 hours of very slow hiking. My friend has a heart condition, so we’re happy she could come so far! We hiked to the saddle above the lake and stopped for a half hour as we watched a herd of mountain goats approach and pass us on the trail. We decided to turn back to the car so our friend could rest but my athletic husband decided to trail run the rest of the loop (so he continued on past Lost Man Lake). So we split up and by the time I reached the parking lot for the Lost Man Lake Campground, he was already there (albeit very sweaty). I’m posting this long narrative hoping it shows just how awesome of a trail this is—a short morning hike, a trail run loop, a picnic spot, wildlife viewing, wildflowers even in late August, a camping option, clearly marked trail, and easy access.

Awesome place to take the 4x4 n camp out over night

off road driving
4 days ago

Did this trail in a stock 18 tacoma off-road with no issues. Had been there a couple weeks back but had to turn back due to my friends 09 2wd jeep commander not being able to make the rut towards the beginning of the trail, but it looks like someone has filled in one side with some rocks since then. Overall a great trail, anyone with reasonable ground clearance and 4wd should be able to do it. Only gripe is it gets really busy on the weekends

off road driving
4 days ago

It was a nice, relatively easy drive with the family, I went up in a 4Runner with only a couple inches lift and never felt like I was close to scraping anything. Beautiful scenery. There were lots of people at the top, I counted 35 trucks up there on a Saturday around noon. I thnk calling this trail moderate is a bit much, it's slightly slightly more complicated than what I'd call easy.

off road driving
4 days ago

I loved this trail. It was a 5/10 difficulty. It basically has two “harder” obstacles at the very beginning but once you get past those it’s great.

The only reason it gets 4 stars is because it’s extremely crowded. There are hikers walking along the road and campers everywhere. If you’re looking to “get away” this isn’t the spot for you.

hiking
4 days ago

I went early so there weren't too many cars on the road up. Beautiful views!

hiking
5 days ago

A very scenic trail/road that follows a river most of the way up! It is a 4WD road so you may be passed by cars at times but don’t let stop you! If you drive it you miss all the beauty of the river and wildflowers (that are now in full bloom). Once to the first lake keep hiking to the top via a skinny path through the bushes to rise above the lake and see two more. This is a great place to take out of towners for epic views but you’ll need to breaks on the way up with the inclined road and steeper path to the top.

off road driving
6 days ago

The Destination: Wonderful place for a picnic and/or camping. Beautiful serene lake at altitude. Water is too cold for recreational swimming, but good for fishing. Also, a kayak or paddle board would make for great exploring around the lake rim and up to the waterfall. The lake area doesn't offer much shade. Bring sunscreen, or a cover of some sort (umbrella, lean-to, overland-awning). Remember UV exposure hits harder up here.

The Trail: The trail is more of an access road than trail. Moderately trafficked by SUVS, Trucks, and ATV's. Hikers may not enjoy being passed by off-road vehicles (be courteous 4WD'ers). Trail is suitable for novice drivers and unmodified SUVS/Trucks with 4WD and a little ground clearance. Tire placement will be essential for stock vehicles. I would recommend 9 to 10 inches of ground clearance.

Pros: Easy to access. Great picnic spot. Open areas to play. Good easy hiking up form the loch.
Cons: Easy access (maybe too easy for preservation), Novice trails attract newer less courteous (uneducated) off-roaders and even tourist in rentals.

Ran this in my stock 4Runner with BFG KO2’s with no problem at all. Great trail lots of camping. Make sure to bring your fly rod.

on Lost Man Trail

hiking
7 days ago

My favorite hike! Majestic views with lovely lakeside picnic spots. Makes for a wonderful day in the mountains. Two-car
shuttle is perfect with starting point at Linkin Lake/Lost Man TH and second car awaiting at Lost Man Campground/TH below:)

off road driving
7 days ago

The second gate is now open for summer 2018. Great camping spots along this off road trail that leads right up to the beautiful lake.

hiking
9 days ago

Fairly easy, though rocky on the road, so just look down when you hike. All gates open. It was busy with campers. Hiked it from the 4x4 road which made the hike about 6 miles. wildflowers in abundance, might not last with all the dogs off leash, but beautiful. Go up to the 3 lakes above the lock the further up the better flowers. There is also a lions den up there, so be watchful, though with all the people, we never saw any. Get there early for calm waters and less crowds.

Does anyone know if the second gate is open yet so I can drive up to lake?

Took the Rock Creek Trail for about 1.2 miles before a fellow hiker told us we were taking the much longer route with lots of bush whacking. Decided to turn around and take the Gore Trail instead. This trail was about 6 miles round trip from the trailhead to the lake. The trail itself wasn’t exceptionally interesting but the lake is well worth the trek. Beautiful views!

11 days ago

Great views . Easy trail , need good ground clearance. During the week is not as busy makes it more enjoyable.

off road driving
12 days ago

Good trail. Not hard especially with a lift. We took our lifted JK, XJ, and WK up today. Lake is beautiful with a waterfall at the back. Next time with more time we will hike to the other three lakes.

hiking
12 days ago

Ok, so here’s the deal. Yes, you will definitely be passed by many 4x4 vehicles, but they are definitely courteous to the hikers using the road. The wildflowers are AMAZING right now. There’s a mountain stream that follows most of the route that creates a lushness that isn’t always experienced when hiking in CO. Once we got to the first lake, it was a bit busy with campers and people fishing. However, once we hiked up to the second tier of lakes, there was more peace. We ran into a couple guys who had hiked even further up and saw a cave that the stream came through as well as another set of lakes. We didn’t make it up that far, but look forward to doing it in the future!

paddle sports
16 days ago

Love taking the jeep on there! Beautiful Lake with a waterful at the end of the trail to go SUP boarding on. BTW: did you find my PADDLE? I left it there july 2018 :( I wouldn't recommend this trail for hikers. Don't think having to get out of the way of all the 4x4ers would be fun.

hiking
16 days ago

While Thunder Lake itself is a serene beautiful spot, getting there isn't that much fun. Tons of loose rocks underfoot and not a flower in sight makes this a boring trail. Didn't really enjoy much after Ouzel Falls to be frank.

hiking
16 days ago

This isn't an enjoyable hiking trail because there were too many vehicles on the road and no real scenery on the way up. I'm not really excited to hit the mountains and inhale exhaust and dust every 50 yards I hike.

This is not your typical trail. It is a 4 x 4 road but has great views once you get to the lake. I parked at the bottom and hiked up, but you can drive up too if you have a 4 x 4 vehicle.

17 days ago

growing up here in Colorado I'd go here alot but the off road trail up to the lake has gotten bad couple big trench's near the lake you need some serious 4x4 to crawl up it to make it to the lake. sad to see the trail in that condition

off road driving
17 days ago

7/28/18. Lakes, waterfall, and hikes from Loch Lomand are worth seeing/doing. Fun drive up to Loch Lomand with some rough spots. One section has a deep rut with large rocks that some vehicles were getting stuck in and it appears the rut is becoming deeper. Passed fine on the way up but hit the bottom of stock GX460 on the way back down.

This should not be on this site as a "trail". There is not a trail. It is all a road for 4x4s. 15 vehicles passed me on way in. 20+ at the lake. Not a hike worth ever doing again.

You will be hiking up a 4X4 road, but the view and waterfall is beautiful. Plenty of wildflowers right now in the meadow areas

Very very cool lake

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

There are multiple gates... you can make it to the first, no problem but limited parking. Going past that I would recommend only if you’re in a 4x4. Hike up along the road - beautiful wildflowers and streams. Loch Lomond has two trails along the left (Southwest) side from the parking area, if you’re facing the waterfall. The lower takes you to the waterfall, the upper can take you to the upper 3 lakes. Beautiful day!!

We couldn’t even make it up in a SUV.

off road driving
23 days ago

Great trail and a great lake! Definitely will go again.

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