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Tamera V. on Lost Lake via Hessie Trail
Slushy snow of course this time of year but loved it, can't wait to go back in Spring
(1.14.2017) I completed this train back in January. Portions of the trail we're icy/snowy, but it was Jan. in Colorado so that's to be expected. Like other reviews, I also found portions of the trail hard to follow, after the waterfall, but over all it was a nice, short hike. Good for winter days when you don't have as much daylight. I would be interested in going back in the summer and camping.
This hike was a blast. Relatively easy and not too much traffic. You do have to park on the side of the road and walk a little ways to get to the trail, but the hike is gorgeous and the lake at the top is beautiful also! Not one of the prettiest lakes I've ever seen, but still definitely worth it.
Went last weekend and about half way the trail is blocked by a huge tree, but the biggest problem is that the trail tends to just disappear and is not clearly deffined. This happened at multiple spots. IMO this is more of a moderate trail than easy. This time of year, water is very low and trail is a bit muddy mixed with ice in spots and is expected, but that should dry up with the warm weather we have had recently.
We drove and parked on the side of the road. There is a makeshift "roadblock" meaning a pile of snow which blocks access to Hessie Road from town. You can put your snowshoes on, and hike about 0.75 miles to the Hessie Trailhead (turn left for Hessie, versus right for 4th of July trail). From there, you hike a mile to the Lost Lake turnoff. Then it's about another 0.5 miles uphill to Lost lake. There is a nice base of snow for snow-shoeing the whole way. At the beginning on the road, it was very windy and cold. Once you get on the trail, the trees provide shelter and cut the wind. Bring a backlava to cover your face! I's overall a very nice, moderate winter hike!