Lost Lake via Hessie Trail

MODERATE 356 reviews
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Lost Lake via Hessie Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, horses, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
931 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Nice hike for a short day. If you don't have very much time, then this is a good one to do.

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Nice short hike with lots of scenery. The waterfall was as pretty as the one we saw at RMNP.

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13 days ago

Nice hike. It's a bit rocky the entire way up, but nothing unmanageable. Lost Lake is pretty with mountain views. Will definitely be back to check out some of the connecting trails.

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13 days ago

We did this trail in early May, 2017, good bit of ice/snow in spots, needed poles or yaktracks ! Very pretty hike not hard, few climbs, beautiful lake at the top. To much ice to circle lake, would do it again and would recommend

14 days ago

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15 days ago

FANTASTIC HIKE!! Just read through the comments. There is NO PARKING PROBLEM HERE on weekends. Why? There is a FREE SHUTTLE with frequent runs from Nederland PnR to Hessie trailhead on Sat and Sun; the peak hiking days. Also, dogs must be leashed at ALL TIMES and NOT in the water or running around pooping everywhere. That goes for people too. Your poop must be buried and your dog's bagged and carried out. LEAVE NO TRACE. Here's a link to the Indian Peaks Wilderness rules. Cheers! https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/passes-permits/?cid=fsm91_058238

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16 days ago

Like other reviews, it IS a bit rocky in the beginning but it's worth the trek to get to Lost Lake. We got there before 9am and parking wasn't bad. Great for out of town visitors still acclimating to altitude. It's shorter, great views, but still calls for some work!

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17 days ago

Just did this hike a few days ago and it was awesome! Got there around 11:30/11:45am and parking was VERY limited so get there early!
Got to the lake and set up some hammocks, plenty of awesome spots to do so. Bunch of people fishing and dogs swimming, so glad we went!

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17 days ago

Amazing sights all the way up!