Winter Hike to Lost Lake via Hessie Trail
A short and simple hike that takes you to a beautiful alpine lake in Colorado’s Arapaho National Forest. The lake is situated at 10,000ft (3,000m) in Colorado Rockies and offer backcountry camping along with exceptional views of the lake and it’s surroundings. Campsites are first come, first served and you can camp in designated sites or pitch tents within 30 feet of campsite makers. Map and additional information can be found here: Link
- Distance: 4mi (6.5km) roundtrip
- Elevation Change: 900ft (270m).
- Estimated Duration: 2-3 Hrs
- Interactive Map: Lost Lake Hike
- Directions: Hessie Trailhead
- Camping: Lost Lake Trail Camping Info
When you arrive at the intersection of Hessie Rd & 4th of July Rd, park your car on the side of the road and head west on Hessie Rd. If you have a high clearance vehicle, you can also drive a little further and park along the road.
After hiking for some time on a curvy service road, the trail will narrow and you will come to a junction by the stream crossing. Turn left and cross the stream, then follow along Devils Thumb Trail until you reach a junction for Lost Lake. Make a left and continue until you reach the lake. Once at the lake, we’ve hiked all around and also found a perfect spot to glissade!