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Great trail. Don't recommend doing it in the snow as it is very slippery. Very beautiful area. Very dog friendly

The trail was a little more difficult than "moderate" since most of it was coated with snow. Consider using snowshoes or wait until it melts. Despite this, the views were beautiful and certainly a hike well worth doing!

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.

Great conditions. Deeper snow starts about half way to Lost lake

nice trail, too much snow still...

Beautiful lake. Wasn't too crowded. Dog had a great time too!

hiking
9 days ago

Slushy snow of course this time of year but loved it, can't wait to go back in Spring

hiking
14 days ago

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.

snowshoeing
29 days ago

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!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Easy hike to a beautiful mountain lake.

The map on AllTrails is incorrect, though. The real trail is easier and separates from the Devil's Thumb trail to go an additional .3 miles to the lake.

snowshoeing
1 month ago