Hessie Trail to Lost Lake Trail

MODERATE 37 reviews
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Hessie Trail to Lost Lake Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Eldora, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1000 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

lake

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Vail: From the main Vail roundabout, travel west on North Frontage road for 1 mile. You'll see a sign on the right side of the road marked Piney Lake/Red Sandstone Road. Turn right at the sign. At 3/10 of a mile from the turnoff, follow the road to the right as it makes a hairpin turn and continues up the mountain. At 6/10 of a mile from the turnoff, you'll see a sign for Piney River Ranch at the beginning of a dirt road (FDR 700). To access the west trailhead, continue for 6 miles on Red Sandstone Road, passing Lost Lake Road. The west trailhead is located just before the intersection with FDR 701.To access the east trailhead, turn right off Red Sandstone Road onto Lost Lake Road. This road has many spurs and it's easy to get lost. Throughout three junctions, always take a left until the trailhead appears.

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyed the waterfalls, wild flowers. Saw moose on the road leading to trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail had everything: waterfall, mountain forest, and the beautiful, serene lake at the end (we did lost lake). The only downside was a lot of the trail was super rocky, like gravelly almost. The loop around the lake is beautiful, with lots of little places to go down closer to the water. I would definitely do it again.

1 month ago

Rocky terrain

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

2 months ago

Gorgeous trail with the reward of a bull moose at lost lake. Some wet areas, but nothing too terrible.

hiking
2 months ago

I felt like I went through every season on this trail! Dirt, rocks, mud, streams, slush and then snow for the last half mile. Absolutely loved the bike, would recommend to anyone! Gorgeous waterfall and lake.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

We took advantage of the May 2017 snowfall on the wonderful trail! Made it to Lost lake on snowshoes! Can't wait to come back in the summertime ! It's a perfect day hike!

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

Beautiful views, great secluded hike. Did it in late March. Lots of hard packed snow on the ground, well marked trail, easy to hike in the winter. Overall great hike

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Not as much snow as a few weeks ago, very windy on the lake, nice climb up to Lost lake!

6 months ago

Not enough snow to snowshoe but beautiful hike. Definitely recommend getting spikes for your shoes as parts as icy

hiking
8 months ago

Unfortunately I didn't have snowshoes but I can see this being a really fun trail to ease into snowshoeing. I made it through with hiking boots but snowshoes would've helped.

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9 months ago

10 months ago

This hike is worth while but has a few draw backs. The "trail" is almost exclusively a loose rock logging road with only minimal areas of dirt trail. This trail is VERY busy. So much so that there is a shuttle bus for when parking is bad, 2 outhouses, and a friendly ranger writing parking tickets. Lost lake itself is pretty but not the most beautiful of mountain lakes. The changing of the leaves made this hike better than it would have otherwise been, but still worth while.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016