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Round trip about 2.5 hours. Beautiful view at the top and the waterfall was amazing. As of today, no snow or slippery areas. Parking was easy too!

One of our favorite hikes! So beautiful and lush in the way up, with excellent views of Aspen and the mountains behind on the way down. This is one we repeat every time we're in town.

Beautiful hike. Worth it even just to Independence Lake. Good variety of steeper inclines and flatter trail. The last push from Independence Lake to Lost Lake is steep, but worth the view.

Beautiful trail in the fall, even if you just go to Independence Lake.

hiking
27 days ago

Walked this yesterday and it was spectacular. We walked trail past the lake for about 1 mile. The views are out of this world. Hike is a steady up, but very nice trail with switchbacks. Only met 1 person the whole day. Recommended!!!

hiking
27 days ago

This is a beautiful hike. It is a steady ascent all the way up, but there are 360 views up high. We walked for about 1 mile above the lake and then views of hunter-frying pan wilderness come into view. Truly spectacular

hiking
1 month ago

No one in reviews has mentioned car parking so forgive me if it's just me. Parked in car park at sign Hunter Valley Trail. (The first 200m shared with the Grande town walk). It wasn't until I got back to car I saw signs saying No Car Parking for Hunter Valley Trail. For the sake of this review, I drove around, thought I had found park on other side of road but this had same dire warning about car being hauled away. Just be careful because I couldn't find parking.
As for trail, didn't do Alltrails loop as shown, just kept going up the valley keeping left all the time. Fantastic views of valley for last hour where trail eventually trail finishes in dead end. Did out and back to avoid finish on road shown on the loop trail. Highly recommend this hike despite tough start.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike. Started at Lost Msbn TH and walked up to what might be described as the head of the valley about halfway before turning back. Pity this 'loop' trail doesn't end back at he same spot. A real walkers hike rather than a climb at least for the part I did. Super views and open all the way. Saw one person on the way back in the afternoon, a hunter looking for deer. Hope he didn't find any.

hiking
1 month ago

A real treat. First part uphill through trees is not too tough. The views and panoramas above tree line are spectacular. The lake is end of this trail but the views do encourage you to go on. A lot of bear scat at beginning of the trail. Makes you wonder with an entire wilderness to choose from why bears choose do their business on trails. No thought for others. Shameful! Recommend this trail without hesitation despite my reservations on wildlife toiletry habits.

The altitude was a bit tough for this flatlander from Wisconsin but all worth the effort.

hiking
1 month ago

Hunter Creek Trail is not a loop! The actual Hunter Creek Trail is out and back. In order to make a loop you turn off to multiple other trails and even include hiking on paved road. Silly to call this hike a loop. The actual Hunter Creek Trail is worth hiking..beautiful rushing stream..rocky, inclined hike.

hiking
2 months 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.

on Lost Man Trail

hiking
2 months 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:)

The first part of the hike was shaded but then after a while it got pretty hot. Also at the end we had some trouble finding the trail. Over all we thought the hike was fun for our family.

So beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent hike. We did it clockwise in the afternoon, which was great because the first part is then in the shade, and you can see the sunset from the road on the way down. Recommended!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail; nice views; long climbs. Last part was kinda weak, walked a long ways down a road.

4 months ago

Love this hike

hiking
4 months ago

My wife and I decided to hike 2.5 miles up this trail, beginning at the Western TH (Linkin Lake side), which takes you up to the saddle above Independence Lake. For a day hike this was perfect -- LOTS of snow on the trail. We didn't need spikes, but the trail disappears in the snow for most of the route, and there was some surprise post-holing as we stepped gingerly across some of the snow fields. Pretty exhausting, but the views were well worth it! There is a (very) wet river crossing near the start, so bring some water shoes.

4 months ago

Take two cars and drop the one at the lower trail head for this four hour hike over beautiful tundra forest and the Rocky Mountains

hiking
6 months ago

Did this loop after a good 4-6 inch snow accumulation over night. First tracks around 9 am were fine trudging through with beautiful snow covered trees and babbling streams. Took smuggler coming down with great snowy views of the valley below. Got a bit muddier as it got warmer. Great trail and loop! Wubba lubba dub dub!

hiking
9 months ago

Due to lack of snow, you have to watch out for ice patches in some sections, hiking poles were helpful. Absolutely gorgeous hike/scenery with mixture if moderate and easy hiking.

hiking
10 months ago

Definitely one of my favorite day hikes. At the peak, we just had bagels and cheese, with the glorious view of the lake. Returned with some friends visiting from California; they loved it.

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11 months ago

hiking
Saturday, October 07, 2017

Snowy, muddy, wet and sloppy but still a gorgeous view at the top. Stunning panoramic views halfway up the trail.

hiking
Saturday, October 07, 2017

My wife and I explored this hike the last weekend on August of this year. There are two entrances off of 82, we ended up beginning on the entrance faster to the west, but I would suggest starting at the trailhead further east along 82. We actually didn't complete the loop as indicated on the map bust just did an out ab back. Beginning from the western trail head, the trail is a gentle slope up, providing beautiful views of a lush valley. The grade steepens a bit as you progress, but nothing too bad. Near the top, the trail splits, taking the path to the right will keep you on the lost man loop. We bent around for a bit and admired the range to the east before turning back. Little did we know that continuing on the loop will take you to a high point at a pass that is supposed to be quite nice. The trail head on farther east of the loop will get you to the pass more quickly if you wanted to make this a shorter out and back. The whole trip for us (as an out an back from the western trailhead) took about 3 hours with breaks.

hiking
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Chemin facile

hiking
Monday, September 25, 2017

We loved the pretty views on this trail! Very rocky on the first half of the trail, so proper footwear is a must!

trail running
Sunday, September 17, 2017

This was a fun trail! I didn't complete it due to not carrying water and wanted to keep my run short. Definitely rocky in some areas. But can't wait to come back and do the entire trail probably hiking. This was my first trial run and the altitude kicked my butt!

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Arrived at trail head around 7:45. Hiked up to Linkins Lake first. Got some beautiful pictures of the lake. The trail to the pass is very open, a steady climb, well marked, and challenging because of the altitude. We took pictures of Independence Lake and Lost Man Lake. Only a dozen people on the trail during our hike.

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