Lonesome Lake Trail is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Red Cliff, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
Rolling incline, only couple spots (beginning and end) that had steeper inclines. Beautiful meadows and lake for camping at top.
Easy/moderate hike in, I would recommend skipping the trail head and driving further (immediate left after trail head) maybe half mile up this road there is 3 boulders blocking an old access trail. park here, hike up the two inclines. a lot better than the trail head entrance. it meets back up with the trail after the first spillway. Once you are at the lake, you will find multiple camp sites, all secluded from one another. I recommend checking out the ones on the west side. Hammock guys should know, not a lot of trees up here! Bring your bug spray!
Worth going to. I'd probably suggest going later in the season (late July and on) to avoid any late snows making the ground a marshland.
Here are some HD videos of some scenery along the trail:
This is a great hike and camp. We did 3 days and 2 nights without any problems.
Great hike overall. The first part is uphill for a bit. The hiking after that is pretty easy with some up and some downs and some flat areas. Some of the meadow areas were pretty wet. I definitely recommend waterproof hiking shoes. When you near the end, there is some uphill for a bit like the beginning. At the end it felt like there were 3 false summits, but once you finally reach the lake, all the uphill is forgotten.
A favorite hike.