Lost Lake via Hessie Trail

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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
839 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Lost Lake is accessed from the Hessie Trailhead just outside the southeast boundary of the Indian Peaks Wilderness near Nederland, Colorado. From downtown Nederland, go south on Highway 72 for .5 miles to County Road 130 and make a right. You will see a sign for Eldora Ski Resort at this junction

hiking
1 day ago

A gentle, gradual hike up to the lake which is surrounded by a lot of open area to post up for lunch. Spikes will make the slippery, snow-packed trail easier to navigate. The trailhead is easy to find and has endless parking alongside the road. The trail was almost empty for our climb up around 9:30 but packed on our walk down around noon - having the lake all to yourself is worth the early hike.

Very scenic, easy hike and it was especially beautiful with a bit of snow. The trail was lightly snow packed and slick in some areas. Would recommend microspikes or something with good traction right now.

1 day ago

Just truly beautiful!

hiking
2 days ago

Lost lake is a nice, short winter hike. The trail was snow covered and had some ice but I didn’t need to resort to yak traks. The lake was fully frozen and the trail around the lake was tricky to follow given the snowfall.

hiking
6 days ago

Nice hike, but suppppperrr icy. I went with 2 other girls and 2 dogs, and all of us took a spill at one point. I definitely suggest yak traks or something of the like.

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8 days ago

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16 days ago

Winter wonderland and virtually nobody on the trail the day I hiked. I want to go an overnight there in summer!

16 days ago

Trail is still in pretty decent condition, although towards the top it’s very icy... I brought my Yaktrax and they helped a lot!

hiking
16 days ago

Trail is mostly snow/ice covered so bring shoe spikes, there is a open stretch of about a quarter mile with no snow at the beginning. The higher you go the more snow, any trails passed the Lost Lake would require snowshoes. But it’s a fun nice trail. I did a couple of short jogs up other trails.

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1 month ago

Great hike today. Good views. A little slick on the way down. But overall was great. A few more weeks and riding will be nice at eldora

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1 month ago

Great hike! Mountain views, open meadows, waterfalls and a beautiful lake at the end! Trail was snowy and slushy at the top! Enjoyed our day.

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1 month ago

This was a great hike with an excellent view and scenery around the lake. Definitely fine what I would think from March to November but starting to be more on the snowy end this time of the year in the end of October. Looking forward to going back and using one of the eight camping spots around the lake. Also a good hiking spot to stop at and do Devil's thumb possibly the next day.

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1 month ago