dogs on leash
I took some wrong turns so it added some milage, but I hiked by myself with my two dogs and they loved it! The scenery was fantastic! I used just hiking boots, but it might be smart to bring snowshoes. Definitely get there early! Even in the winter! I got there around 830 and there were about 10 cars, but by the time I got back the lot was almost full!
Another thing that might help with others that possibly come across the same issue I did: to get to the trailhead of Lake Isabelle in the winter you obviously have to hike to Brainard lake, but once you get there you pass the lake on either side and follow the only sign there is to other lakes ( I unfortunately cannot remember their names, Isabelle is not listed on this sign). From there you will be able to access the trailhead.
Tamera V. on Lost Lake via Hessie Trail
Slushy snow of course this time of year but loved it, can't wait to go back in Spring
This hike was a blast. Relatively easy and not too much traffic. You do have to park on the side of the road and walk a little ways to get to the trail, but the hike is gorgeous and the lake at the top is beautiful also! Not one of the prettiest lakes I've ever seen, but still definitely worth it.
We drove and parked on the side of the road. There is a makeshift "roadblock" meaning a pile of snow which blocks access to Hessie Road from town. You can put your snowshoes on, and hike about 0.75 miles to the Hessie Trailhead (turn left for Hessie, versus right for 4th of July trail). From there, you hike a mile to the Lost Lake turnoff. Then it's about another 0.5 miles uphill to Lost lake. There is a nice base of snow for snow-shoeing the whole way. At the beginning on the road, it was very windy and cold. Once you get on the trail, the trees provide shelter and cut the wind. Bring a backlava to cover your face! I's overall a very nice, moderate winter hike!