Lost Lake via Hessie Trail

MODERATE 216 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.

hiking
2 hours ago

Beautiful winter hiking spot, but beware parking on the residential streets before the road opens up in the spring. We got a parking ticket for the open spot we found.

camping
23 hours ago

Always a beautiful, fun little hike. My girlfriend and I camped for one night. I brought my fishing rod and even got us 2 brook trout for dinner. Beware: we saw at least one fox who was clearly a regular, barely afraid of people. He tore into my girlfriend's backpack and stole some food, and was circling the camp sites all afternoon and night.

5 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes. Beautiful scenery, lots of waterfalls, and a lovely lake.

hiking
12 days ago

camping
12 days ago

Challenging little hike that takes you over scenic rivers and up rocky creek beds. There was considerable snow during the second half of the hike in which trekking poles or crampons would be advisable. The scenery around the lake was gorgeous and camping among the foxes and coyotes was a nice contrast to city life.

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18 days ago

loved this trial, quick little get away. lots of snow packed inclines, way better with krampons. River roaring beautifuly. stalked by a moose and dropped phone in lake (had to jump in to get it) and still had a blast

hiking
19 days ago

The second half of the trail is still PACKED with snow! The first quarter mile also has a lot of water from the snow melting. I would advise hiking poles to keep from slipping and no tennis shoes.

20 days ago

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hiking
20 days ago

Great hike, upper half of trail still snow packed.

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

Always a beautiful trail. Even after the fresh snow that just fell, you didn't need snowshoes to make it to Lost Lake.

snowshoeing
27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Easy 6 miles RT to the lake and back. I would highly recommend wearing traction on your feet. Yaktrax , chains, or spikes. Especially for the second half as there are some more steep slipperier parts. Snow is thawing aggressively at the moment. Plenty of snowy waterfalls.

hiking
1 month ago

Make sure when you reach the lake to walk on the left up to a beautiful view of the climb! Lake is still frozen but amazing waterfall on the way up and snowy forests make this quite beautiful! Waterproof shoes/spikes are a must

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail! Just know that at least 2/3 of it is snow covered including some rather steep portions, so wear appropriate footwear! Lake and mountain views are amazing at the end and well worth the hike. Parking got full on Saturday, so just know you might have to walk around an extra half mile or so from where you park down the road.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, well-marked. It's a bit snowy still, so definitely don't wear tennis shoes like some hikers we saw on the trail. Lost Lake is frozen as of yesterday, but that should soon change! A great hike if you only have a few hours but still want to get some elevation gain.