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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, camping, 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: 869 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

horseback riding

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

snow

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. In the summer, catch the free shuttle from the RTD Park-n-Ride in Nederland.

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3 days ago

recorded Lost Lake via Hessie Trail

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snow
3 days ago

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snow
9 days ago

‘Twas a windy hike. Snowshoes needed to get through the very deep snow drifts. Easy hike. Beautiful lake. Perfect for ice skating!

icy
snow
9 days ago

Hiked it this morning. Arrived at 7:30 and were some of the first on the trail. Just used spikes but had to blaze trail and was up to my knees and hips in one place so snowshoes could have worked. Tons of people were coming as we were leaving so it might be packed down again. Windy at the start but got better in the trees.

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snow
12 days ago

First time doing this hike, we are staying in eldora for thanksgiving and it’s right down the road. Not too long, but some good uphills at some points. Recommended for any level of hiker. Views from the backside of lost lake are gorgeous, definitely should walk around once you get up there. We had micro spikes but took them off after .5 mile , a lot of snow around but the trail is packed down and soft. Looks like a fun trail for snowshoes, will definitely be back for the devils thumb trail.

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snow
16 days ago

Super fun hike in the snow. Yak tracks ( or equivalent) and poles definitely recommended. Very windy at the start but sheltered on the trail ( most of the time) so don’t be discouraged at the start.

hiking
17 days ago

Road was not bad. My sedan made it no sweat. Some snow but was just fine in boots. Lake was gorgeous

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29 days ago

Icy on 11-10. Bring mini crampons. Anticlimactic ending

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icy
snow
1 month ago

Hiked Sunday (11/10/2019) morning. The dirt road to the TH is in great condition- it’s very well maintained, and clear of snow and mud. This is an absolutely beautiful hike! It is very snowy and icy, so I definitely recommend microspikes and/or poles. It’s winter, so pack and dress accordingly. Dog owners- please pick up your pet waste!!! It is very inconsiderate and destructive to the environment to leave it on the trail. There is a garbage can at the TH- please pack your pet waste out and dispose of it properly!

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Lots of packed snow- highly recommend yaktrax or something for traction on the icy parts... limited parking: get there early or be prepared to walk farther to the trailhead... awesome hike!

Hard packed snow on the trail all the way to Lost Lake. Snowshoes aren't necessary but crampons or good boots help a lot. The road to the trailhead was plowed and clear. Beautiful conditions!

Perfect snow hike! bring your spikes, snowshoes, or crosscountry skis. Can easily do in 2 hours or less. beautiful views, the lake is a little less climatic than expected but still worth the hike.

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1 month ago

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snow
1 month ago

Fair bit of snow up here. Was planning on doing Diamond Lake from 4th of July Rd but didn't work out due to snow, so opted for this trail instead. It was a pretty easy- moderate hike. Definitely want spikes, especially later in the day as the sun warmed up the snow. Honestly could have used snow shoes if you wanted to.

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snow
1 month ago

Great little trail! It was SO snowy - several inches deep and continuously falling with a constant wind. So, kind of miserable conditions but absolutely gorgeous and my dog and I enjoyed it!

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rocky
snow
1 month ago

Hiked on 10/19 and there were some snowy parts. The waterfall had snow but was flowing. Pretty rocky in some parts and gets colder the higher you go up so bring layers. ~ 2.5 hours with stopping

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snow
1 month ago

Hiked on Friday 10/18. We had some snow and windy conditions, which made it quite cold on the face. The trail was not icy or anything yet, the lake was partially frozen. Waterfall was still rushing, but there was snow and ice forming on the creek. Porta johns available by the parking area. The parking is about 0.5 miles from the actual trailhead start, so add about 1 mile round trip to your 4ish mile hike. Just enough elevation gain to get your heart pumping. Took us 2 hours rounds trip with minimal stopping.

Great hike. Steady incline with views all along the way. Started at 10:30, got to the lake at 12:15, took a lap around and got back to the end by 2. Recommend getting their early to get parking.

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hiking
1 month ago

Dog friendly. Easy. Spoiled with other CO hikes. Views leave a lot to be desired

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rocky
1 month ago

Great trail! Beautiful view at the lake when we got there. Windy and chilly when exposed in some spots, but not bad with proper gear. Got to the trail at 8am and there was still a decent amount of parking left. Rocky and gravelly in some spots, which made it a little slick, but you should be okay with a good pair of hiking boots. Few ice patches noted. Steady elevation gain once you hit about a mile in up until you hit Lost Lake. Highly recommend for a quick hike with a great view!

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rocky
2 months ago

great easy hike! the waterfalls on the way are beautiful, make sure to check them out. definitely needed a jacket at the lake itself but the rest of the trail was t shirt weather. dog friendly, met bunch of nice doggos.

hiking
2 months ago

The Aspen leaves are blown away near the trail but there are still some beautiful Aspen groves to behold! Windy and Cold at the lake. We had on most of our layers throughout the hike. Fun trail! Will definitely come back next Spring/Summer.

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rocky
2 months ago

Incredible hike for people not used to high altitude because it’s hard but doable. Beautiful views (a great hike for peak aspen season!) and the lake at the top is a hidden treasure. Definitely recommend! It’s pretty windy and cold by the lake so bring layers! It had some great campsites too up by the lake. Lots of hikers and dogs!

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