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Lost Lake Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Buena Vista, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 2.6 mi Elevation gain 465 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Kid friendly Cross country skiing Fishing Hiking Horseback riding Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Snow
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Cottonwood Pass road is closed seasonally. Check on closures before visiting. A short, easy hike below the summit of Cottonwood Pass good warm up for other hikes in the Collegiate Mtn Range as well as excellent aspen viewing in Sept. Lost lake is below the continental divide with beautiful turquoise water & incredible 360 degree views. South of the lake is the Sanford Basin with 13ers Mt Kreutzer & Jones Mtn. Trailhead is unmarked when you see the final 2 switchbacks on Cottonwood the trail is on the left with asphalt pullout / parking on the right

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Jakeb Novak
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Absolutely beautiful lake with stunning views of the surrounding peaks! Kids enjoyed playing in the remaining snow from the storm a couple weeks ago. Encountered a couple muddy crossings. Really enjoyed this one!

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Chris Geiger
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Beautiful views. Easy hike though mountain meadows. Mountain views. Nice lake at the end.

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Adam Carl
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Hiking

Great short hike with beautiful lake at the end. Trail is easy overall and mostly flat. Little snow but good condition.

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Emma Marushack
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Hiking

Very beautiful out and back hike right off the road. Really enjoyed! Great way to start breaking in my new boots!

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Tina Kopp
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HikingGreat!

This was an awesome trail, we hiked on Saturday following the snowstorm. Access to the trailhead isn't marked, so we missed the first time drove back and found it. The first lake was frozen over, but Lost Lake was incredibly beautiful. The one thing we did notice was a total lack off respect by a group of hikers, they ere mid twenties decided to swim in the lake then one of the idiots decided to stand on a rock and piss in the lake. Several others including my husband yelled at him to stop

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Troy Ogborn
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Britany Lousberg
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Camping

This was a great little hike with cows lol

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Ryan Short
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Hiking

Great hike - easy with kids and beautiful views. The lake is amazing. Was muddy in parts a few weeks ago but dried up now.

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Amanda Bridger
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Amazing short hike!!

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Lindsay Davis
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Nathan Corbin
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Susan Schmitt
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Hiking

Beautiful views, easy trails and magnificent lake at the top! Highly recommend!

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Jackie Dimmick
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Hiking

beautiful. stay to left at bottom lake

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Aries Rah
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Hiking

Awesome hike to a lower lake first, then a steeper climb to Lost Lake. Beautiful scenery!

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David F
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Michael Bush
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Nice short hike to beautiful lake!

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Brenda Anysz
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. A few muddy spot, but not too bad. A few steep climbs.

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Amy Roberts
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Hiking

Great hike to a beautiful alpine lake. Saw a moose!

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Beatrice S
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Beautiful trail, nice lake at the end. Trailhead isn't marked so need to map it out beforehand.

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Taylor Brunson
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Hiking

Very short. If you keep going there is another lake not much further up. Both pretty!

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Timothy Gallegos
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Such a gorgeous treasure the the short hike. Arrive early to park near the trailhead

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Liddy Romero
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Caitlin McVeigh
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HikingGreat!MuddyNo shade

Well maintained trail. Keep an eye out for moose! Enjoy

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Karen Thompson
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Very popular

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Brady Bergman
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Hiking

Fantastic hike with one of the most beautiful lakes you’ll ever see at the end. A few muddy spots but easy enough to navigate by hopping across stones. Makes the trail even more fun!

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Richard Rinehart
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Hiking

Great trail. Nice and easy!

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Chris Cunningham
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Hiking

Beautiful lake. Crowded tho...

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Lauren Losande
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