Lost Man Trail

HARD 28 reviews

Lost Man Trail is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2641 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Aspen: 1. Lost Man Campground: Drive 14 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82 to the parking lot directly across from Lost Man Campground. The trailhead begins on the left (north) side of the highway. 2. Last Switchback: Drive 18-1/2 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82 to the parking lot at the last switchback before the top of Independence Pass. The trailhead is on the left (north) side of the highway.

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15 days ago

A Colorado favorite of mine. If you're used to life at sea level, you may wanna take a day or two at high altitude to acclimate before hiking it. Gorgeous.

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1 month ago

hiked to lost man Lake today(July 4,2017) starting at the higher trailhead- via Independence Lake. there was some snow but nothing to stop the hike. the snow is melting quickly and I highly recommend this hike. one of the great advantages of starting this hike from the upper Trailhead is that you start above tree line so the views are spectacular right from the start.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike through many different terrains. Beautiful sights and some challenging climbs.

hiking
1 month ago

We were going to do the Lost Man Loop from Upper to Lower but had heard that there was still a large soft snow field on the Lower Lost Man side of Lost Man Pass so we opted for the out and back from Lower Lost Man to The South Fork Pass Trail junction. The trail meanders gradually uphill along the creek and through pine forests until the approach to junction at which point it gets significantly steeper. The trail was clear but muddy in places. Gorgeous day and gorgeous views. 7/9/17.

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1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Lost Man Trail undeniably lived up to its name for us, as we certainly lost the trail on more than one occasion. Having completed the full "loop" but a few days ago, starting at the Independence Lake trailhead and hiking down to Lost Man Campground, I can definitely say it was a hike worthy of our effort. Coming from our direction, the ascent to the pass was gradual and pleasant, full of amazing valley views and a fun brush with a bit of snowfield to cross. Upon reaching the pass, we were rewarded with a fantastic view of both sides and also met with the sight of the largest snowfield yet. Rock scrambling, post holing, and deep snow for miles gave way to muddy trails and soggy ground once in the valley. Sadly, wildlife sightings were not a part of this hike, but it was a fantastically rewarding trip all the same.

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2 months ago

My favorite! Especially at the peak of wildflower season, July-ish! You get a bit if everything on Lost Man: High elevation hiking and views, waterfalls, streams, flowers, forest, and you can even climb rocks, Ha! Really beautiful. There are a few different ways to hike this trail. If you are a group of 2 or more you can park one car at the bottom trailhead and then drive up to the top trailhead and hike down the trail. You can do the flip of that and hike up from the bottom, or you can take one car and hike it as a "loop" which requires a 4-mile hike on hwy 82 to get back to your car. My favorite way is to hike down from the top trailhead (and have 2 cars).

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

Gorgeous hike above treeline. Recommend taking hiking sticks as there are a few places where you'll need extra balance. Also recommend taking gloves, hat, raingear and puffy. We went on August 13, 2016 and it snowed on us! We went all the way to the top (13,000) but the weather changed and we decided to head back down. We started at the Linkins trailhead.

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

One of my favorite hikes, beautiful valley and nice uphill hike to the saddle overlooking the lake. 2 hours up. Usually very windy at the top and can be a little cold, so take a light jacket. The entire loop from lower Lost Man to Upper, or also the other way is a great full day hike.