Great moderate trek with stunning views to the lakes and not many people. We didn’t have two cars to shuttle with so we started at the bottom (west side) and hiked clockwise for 3 hours (did not complete the whole trail obviously!) Would recommend taking the upper trailhead to the lakes and coming back down the same way though. Directions from Aspen: 1. Lost Man Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. So we kept wondering WHERE IS THE LAKE? There are TWO SEPARATE trailheads. To get to the reservoir from Aspen, drive 14 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82 (Independence Pass Road) to the parking lot directly across from the Lost Man Campground. This hike needs to be done as an out and back or a point to point! 0.3 miles from the trailhead the Lost Man Trail approaches the south side of the reservoir and then follows its shore as it proceeds northward up the valley. Trailhead End: Roaring Fork Trailhead TH End Elevation: 11,520ft. Independence and Lost Man Lakes via Lost Man Loop, County Road 399 to Forest Service Road 394, https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whiteriver/recarea/?recid=40513. This trail is sooo pretty! Lost Man Reservoir Trail is a 2.1 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The campsites are within a lodgepole pine forest at 10,500' above sea level. Independence Lake and Lost Man Lake are located 1.8 miles and 2.75 miles from Independence Lake Trailhead on Highway 82 in the Hunter-Frying Pan Wilderness. The trail is not a complete loopit is a good idea to set up a shuttle. Fairly quiet - not too many peoe. 2. A reasonable day hike is to Independence Lake and back. Left a car at Lost Man Trailhead and then started at the Linkins Lake Trailhead. All in all our favorite hike of our trip. It is fairly steep and somewhat challenging with a large pack on your back. Offering a moderate climb with a couple of steep sections, the 8.8 mile Lost Man Trail begins to the left of the bulletin board at Lost Man Campground and quickly crosses a wooden bridge. It's pretty, but it's very accessible. The reservoir is pretty and worth the stop. Hike to Lost Man's Pass in the Hunter Fryingpan Wilderness. Having light pants and a light long sleeved shirt will protect your arms and legs from the shrubbery extending into the trail. The trail starts by following the creek through the woods and along an open meadow. Connects: Lost Man Trail, Midway Creek Trail Aspen, CO – Reservoir Lost Man Reservoir (10,580 ft) is a 30- to 40-acre-foot earthen-bottom reservoir on Lost Man Creek near Independence Pass in Aspen, CO. The upper Lost Man Trail parking area, located past mile marker 59, is also the trailhead for Linkins Lake Trail, also called the Independence Lake Trailhead. The reservoir is great for picnicking and/or fishing. Can be a challenge if not ready for the elevation. Really fun for families as there is a lake with a beach and kids can wade into the water. Independence and Lost Man Lakes via Lost Man Loop, County Road 399 to Forest Service Road 394. It is located near Aspen, CO right off of Cooper Ave (CO-82/Independence Pass). The best hike ever in these 15 days here. We were pretty tired so we didn’t get far on that side of the hike. For an experienced hiker, it’s very easy. Great spot to stop, with awesome views in all directions sitting on a big bedrock outcropping. Just a caution if you hike this during dusk, we saw a black bear swimming in the lake! We set up at Lost Man Lake. When the pass first opens on Memorial Day the loop provides an excellent cross-country skate ski for the entire loop. Pretty good trail. You'll travel over many small streams, all with plenty of rocks to keep your feet dry. Please note that the Lost Man Campground has been reported closed. The Lost Man Loop Trail is accessible from two trailheads on Highway 82 east of Aspen CO. The second is from Independence Lake Trailhead, 17.3 miles east of Aspen at the last switchback before reaching Independence Pass. It is a flat, easy, big bang for your buck trail. If you need fishing tackle, or are looking for a fishing guide or fishing charter please visit Tackle, Guides, Charters Lost Man Campground is closed due Covid. It is very well loved, and it shows with many muddy spots as you make your way to the lake. It was a good short experience, we added a little by going onto another trail. Total Decreed Volume. The first is at Lost Man Campground, approximately 13.3 miles east of Aspen. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from May until September. In early and mid summer there are abundant flowers along the route. Took us a bit more than 4 hours to complete (no stops). A little windy today, but you have to expect that in the high country. Enjoy the views at Independence Lake (and Lost Man Lake if you decide to make a loop). Really easy hike. In addition, we’ll conduct routine trail work on ½ mile of the Lost Man Trail from Highway 82 to the Linkins Lake Trail junction. The Lost Man Loop Trail is accessible from two trailheads on Highway 82 east of Aspen CO. If you start on the East side it begins with some steep inclines. The incline going clockwise is definitely there but so slight that we barely realized how high we ended up until we turned around. Still lots of water running off too. to the trail that heads to the South Fork of the Frying Pan River. Even if you don’t have the luxury of having two vehicles, I am sure one could bum a ride back to your car from someone. stop at the lake for your snack! ROARING FORK RIVER: Owner Name. This is an information site, not Facebook. Taking the right fork at the 0.5 mile mark (left fork goes to Midway Pass), Lost Man Trail continues to Lost Man Reservoir. We had to stop every 100 feet to take in the views. You'll travel over many small streams, all with plenty of rocks to keep your feet dry. The lake has some of the largest Brook Trout I have caught in the state (15-16 inch). The trail descends gradually to Highway 82 about 4 miles from your starting point. The trailhead begins on the left (north) side of the highway. Lost Man Family Campground is situated directly across Independence Pass road from Lost Man Trailhead. The trail is not difficult at all, and after getting to the pass above Independence Lake, it’s all downhill to the other trail head. I was a professional trail runner until recently and would classify this as moderate for an experienced hiker to hard for a recreational hiker. Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Views are non stop. Lost Man Trail #1996: White River National Forest. This was a nice easy hike, one I could make. 17 cars in the parking lot but we only saw two actual hikers up to the reservoi. We started at the upper trailhead. Moderately busy today. Fishing is fair in Independence Lake, … Trailhead access to Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness is across the road. To find Lost Man Reservoir enter the 39.126377 latitude, and -106.621422 longitude coordinates into your GPS device or smart phone. Turn left (north) and follow the wide trail along the ditch until you arrive at the reservoir. After half a mile from the west trailhead, you'll come across Lost Man Reservoir. Coming from the higher elevation the trail is a lot more tundra. Unfortunately the higher access, the EASIER and shorter side that goes to the lakes, was NOT clearly marked. Saw a handful of people on a Thursday in October. Incredible. To Lost Man's Pass and back is 4.5 miles with ~1200 feet of gain. Great for hiking with family or friends, with a small reservoir at the end. It is mostly uphill if you start at the bottom trailhead. Thx. It sits above timberline at 12,500 ft so gloves, hats, and other warm gear that are water resistant or waterproof is recommended at these high lakes. Started at the higher vantage point and did 5 miles in total — beautiful lakes at the end point and amazing views the entire time. Lost Man Reservoir is accessed along the Lost Man Trail. After we got back to our car we drove to the other trailhead just to see a little bit of that side. Lost Lake is a lesser known spot off of Cottonwood Pass, that sends you through some forested areas and meadows, that eventually lead to an alpine lake. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Manmade Structure: Water Source. LOST MAN LAKE. You can always turn around early to make this a shorter trip! Lost Man Lake is an alpine lake in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States, located high in the Sawatch Range in the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness of White River National Forest. The first is at Lost Man Campground, approximately 13.3 miles east of Aspen. Continued into the Hunter Fryingpan Wilderness Area where we sat by the creek to enjoy the surrounding fall colors and the sound of the babbling brook. From the Lake, the trail ascends steeply to the top of the pass and then descends steeply to Independence Lake. The trail arcs to the Midway Creek Trail split (.35 miles : 10,620') and rolls to the edge of Lost Man Reservoir (.55 miles : 10,610'). Views in every direction of countless mountain peaks. SHARE, don't just BRAG. Hiked Lost Man 7/9/20 between 11:45-3:45 - lost my wedding ring/band. That included stopping for lunch just before the jct. The hike took us 5 ½ hours to complete and we weren’t breaking any speed records. We left our truck at the Lost Man Lake trail head, and then we all drove up in their car to the Independence Lake trail head above. Be aware that the loop is not a full loop. 4 lakes. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The trail is uphill all the way to Independence Lake, but the grade should be manageable more most folks. The footing is challenging for probably 60-70% of the trail. Two miles to the east is the ghost town of Independence, an early mining town. The views of the mountains are amazing, the lakes are wonderful, and the forests are surreal. ORDWAY CO 81063: Total Decreed Rate. Quite a few people on the trail, and going in both directions. 0.8 mile after leaving the north end of the reservoir you will see a sign indicating that you are entering the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness Area. Plenty of parking and fairly easy trail to the reservoir. If u find it please email me at amdprop3@gmail.com. 82, east of Aspen, on Independence Pass, there is a campground called Lost Man Campground. You can hike in and stop at the lake and have a picnic, or keep hiking along the stream as far as you want in an idilyc valley. Beware there is very little shade, so it is ideal to do it on an overcast cooler day. Lakes are super blue and beautiful. Get your acts together and explain things more clearly! The trailhead is just to the left of where the Roaring Fork River drops through a culvert channeling the river beneath Highway 82. If you are traveling the entire Lost Man Loop there is a 4 mile gap along Independence Pass Road (HWY 82) to get back to your original trailhead parking area. It is very well loved, and it shows with many muddy spots as you make your way to the lake. For more information, see the camp page here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whiteriver/recarea/?recid=40513 We were greeted by a family of 7 Mountain Goats who ended up spending 3 hours with us. Great hike. If you make a loop including Lost Man's lake to the lower trailhead is about 11.5 miles. Couldn’t figure out which way to go at the trailhead. Little bit of snow but you can definitely do it in running shoes!! Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out. Aspen, CO – Lake. But it ISN'T. MISSISSINEWA LAKE 15,072 acres - 3,180-acre lake Established 1968 TRAIL CemeteryTABLE TRAIL MILEAGE TRAIL TYPE 1 EasyGate Access 2 Lost Sister 3 Blue Heron 4 Moswa 5 Shepoconnah 6 Wildlife Area Hiking 0.4 2.5 2.5 1.5 1.0 Easy Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate/Rugged LEGEND Boundary Road Hiking Trail Bike Trail Seasonal Wildlife Refuge Rocky! Continue through the valley and at the 4 mile junction, stay right and continue uphill to Lost Man Lake. Beautiful along the whole walk so you can make it as long as you want to. Hiking trip report, map, and photos for Sugarloaf Mountain and Lost Man Peak Loop, located in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona. The hike from the lower trailhead is rather easy for the first several miles until you start the climb up to Lost Man Lake. The lake is accessible via the Lost Man Loop Trail from State Highway 82 west of Independence Pass. Families yelling at their son because he is messing with the fishing pole, etc. It was awesome! Check out the map for some cool lakes you could use as resting spots. This is a 7.8 mile loop hike with 3800 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 4-6 hours to complete. The second is from Independence Lake Trailhead, 17.3 miles east of Aspen at the last switchback before reaching Independence Pass. In order to make this a loop you would have to walk along a few miles of Independence Pass - this is NOT safe! Very scenic trail. Fun! The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, fishing, and horses and is best used from May until August. Was hoping for some wildlife activity, but not today. This lake sits in a basin (Lost Man Trail Loop) on Independance Pass area. Gorgeous views the entire way. Great day hike!! You can also access the trail from Lost Man reservoir about 2.5 miles down the road. The two are separated by Lost Man Pass (12,810') on the Lost Man Loop Trail. The trailhead says LINKINS LAKE. In the summer the area has a wonderful wildflower display. So we went to the SECOND bend in 82 across from the Lost Man campground which has a LARGE sign identifying it as THE Lost Man Trail. Lost Man Lake (12,450 ft) is an alpine lake in the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness accessed by the Lost Man Trail. Went both directions a short distance, but neither was matching up with the map. The trail gradually ascends to Lost Man Lake. amazing views, well marked, easy to follow. Can go fishing for brook trout in the stream. The trailhead is on the left (north) side of the road. Now we have to go back to go from the one that is mismarked Linkins Lake in order to actually go to the Lost Man Lake. Follow the sign at the trailhead to Lost Man Reservoir. Lost Man Campground: Drive 14 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82 to the parking lot directly across from Lost Man Campground. Dogs are also able to … While heading north the trail follows the North Fork of Lake Creek with great views of the valley and the slopes of Mount Champion on your right. The last 5 miles are not as impressive, esp in muted past peak fall, but it was still a nice hike. Independence and Lost Man Lakes via Lost Man Loop is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. So that means that too many people are there. Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO. Gorgeous views everywhere you look. The trailhead is on the left (north) side of the highway. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, fishing, and horses and is best used from May until August. Nice easy trail that can be as long as you want. Deadman Lake is located 6.8 miles from the same trailhead over South Fork Pass along the South Fork Frying Pan River. This has it all. Relatively flat for folks looking for an easy trail. then turned around and it took us 2 hours to make it back - with a stop for lunch somewhere in there. START AT THE TOP!! On hwy. And gave up after 4 miles and reaching the South Fork Pass signpost which ALSO says Lost Man Trail is a LOOP. This Trail starts at about 11,200 feet right before the top of cottonwood pass. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. A great trail. From the trail sign, there is a 0.5 mile trail to the right that leads directly to Lost Man Reservoir. High Point: 12,815ft. From there it is just a beautiful hike down through a lush valley for 8.9 miles, which took me about 3hrs. There are 10 campsites available. Great trail. Streams provide ample water if you have a filtration system with you. Starts as double track, but shortly converts to trail. Fishing is fair in Independence Lake, Lost Man Lake and Lost Man Reservoir. Very easy hike. It was pretty at the top, some nice foliage changing colors for fall. This would be the direction I would recommend. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Creek sounds, alpine wildflowers, mountain goats, and a beautiful mountain lake. I would post my photos but I am not paying to call myself a "PRO". From the top trailhead it is uphill for about an hour until you get to Lost Man Lake, which is gorgeous. If you love mountain peaks in every direction, water, flowers, lakes and passes, then this one has it all. Started at upper trailhead & went to saddle beyond Independence Lake. 2: N39 07.577 W106 34.996 — .15 miles : Linkins Lake Trail split + Wilderness Boundary 3: N39 07.833 W106 34.889 — .48 miles : Cross Roaring Fork River to east side of valley 4: N39 08.205 W106 34.694 — 1.0 miles : Steady climb in expanding upper valley A beautiful day!. Lots of places to stop for a break/lunch. Lost Man Reservoir Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. 100: About Us. If you are a serious hiker, you can cross the reservoir for a harder path. 5.5 hours to complete for our group of 4, 2 over 60 years old. Driving there we ended up seeing mountain goat and big horn sheep. Lost Man Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. There are 2 ways to access the Lost Man Trail: 1) Linkins Lake / Upper Lost Man trailhead: Drive 18.5 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82 to the parking lot on the left (north) side of the road at the last switchback before Independence Pass. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Sunny! Starting at 11,500-ft. off Highway 82 just below Independence Pass (12,095-ft.), the trail features some of the easiest access to an alpine wonderland of … The trail is uphill all the way to Independence Lake, but the grade should be manageable more most folks. This is an 8.8 mile trail in the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness close to Independence Pass near Aspen, CO. This is one of our favorite trails in the area. TWIN LAKES RES COMPANY & CANAL COMPANY: Owner Location. The Lost Man trail provides instant gratification to anyone who loves traversing high alpine terrain with see forever views. 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. Trip Mileage Total: ~19 miles TRIP REPORT: This backpacking trip involved hiking the Lost Man Lake Loop with a detour to Dead Man Lake and beyond. LOST MAN RESERVOIR: Location Type. Also, the wildflowers are stunning at this time of the year. After summiting the Divide it is mostly all downhill through a more Alpine zone. Beautiful! I would do it again tomorrow if I had the chance! Once you pass by the lakes it gets super easy (we started on the upper trailhead). It’s about 3 miles to the actual Lost Man Lake. Great trail overall. Volunteers will help place stepping stones in sensitive meadows and building steps on the Linkins Lake Trail. I would also say the counterclockwise direction is easier than the clockwise direction. Before too long you intersect an irrigation ditch. Hiked back to upper trailhead through fields of wildflowers, braided streams & lakes. Lost Man Trail #1996, also called Lost Man Loop (though the trail itself is not a complete loop), is a difficult trail you can hike, run, and horseback ride that is dog friendly. Hiked the Lost Man Trail on 9/23/20 to the reservoir from the parking lot across from the campground. More information about Lost Man Lake can be found at: White River National Forest – Lost Man Trail #1996 (Hiking) The trail descends gradually to Highway 82 about 4 miles from your starting point. Trail: Lost Man Lake Loop Trailhead Begin: Lost Man Creek Trailhead TH Begin Elevation: 10,560ft. Started at the upper trailhead as other reviewers suggested which allowed for a steep but short first two miles up to the lakes, then coming down the other 6-7 miles was just very long with little change in the view. Virtual Tour of Lost Man Lake. From the Lake, the trail ascends steeply to the top of the pass and then descends steeply to Independence Lake. Great scenery, meadows, valleys, canyons, forest. We went with some friends who drove up as well. Hiked this loop today and once again, another great high country Colorado hike. Great! Lost Man Campground. Across the Hwy is the trail head to the reservoir, and beyond.