Hessie Trail to Lost Lake Trail

MODERATE 41 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
964 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.

hiking
1 month ago

My husband and I took our pup up to Lost Lake Jan 13th. We used our Yack-Tracks which worked perfectly. People were also hiking the trail in plain hiking boots and some had snowshoes. A fairly easy winter hike with very rewarding views at the lake.

hiking
5 months ago

Had some great aspens starting to turn yellow, will be really pretty by October.

5 months ago

Hiking

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months 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.

7 months ago

Rocky terrain

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 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 hike, would recommend to anyone! Gorgeous waterfall and lake.

snowshoeing
9 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!

hiking
9 months ago

Went a little early for the season so there was fresh snow. Hard to keep track of the trail without the app. Beautiful lake at the top that was well worth the confusion! Not to hard of an incline.

hiking
11 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

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

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

Sunday, February 19, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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.

Monday, October 03, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

This trail was out and back for a total of 7.0 miles, not the 1.3 miles listed. Although there were a few scenic areas, there are other trails more scenic.

hiking
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I enjoyed the hike which took you thru areas that had been logged out. It was interesting how you could see stripped areas and reforrested areas. The views are surprisingly diverse. Worth doing a little bushwaking to see sights that aren't too clear from the trail

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Good trail, a little slow in some places. A little logging operations still remain

hiking
Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hiked 10/11/14. This is a nice quick 7 mile hike on a well maintained trail. There was logging going on when I hiked, which does let you see more of the Vail valley. I would rate it higher, but there are more scenic hikes in the area, but they are longer and more difficult.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Good trail, recent clear cuttings made the views better. In a few years after logging operations have cleaned up will be much better trail

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