Lost Man Trail

HARD 14 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.

9.6 miles
2641 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly





wild flowers


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.

5 days ago

14 days ago

1 month 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).

10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

11 months ago

Breathtaking views, but only made it to Independence Lake due to snow on 6/26/16. It's still worth the trek to Independence Lake. Looking forward to doing it again!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Snow up high in July!!

Friday, August 14, 2015

One of my favorites! The wildflowers are gorgeous and the lake at the top was incredible. My dogs loved cooling off in it...so did my feet :)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Amazing hike with gorgeous views! Lots of snow to be found around Lost Man lake, be prepared to get your shoes wet!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

An awesome trail that starts at the first hairpen curve on the west side of Independence Pass, at timberline.On the hike you pass Independence Lake, go over a saddle and down to Lost Man Lake. Both lakes have brook trout in them. The most scenic part of the hike is over in my opinion, but you can hike all the way to Lost Man Res. and campground if you have someone to meet you.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013