Can be a challenge if not ready for the elevation. The trail is uphill all the way to Independence Lake, but the grade should be manageable more most folks. Across the Hwy is the trail head to the reservoir, and beyond. The trailhead is just to the left of where the Roaring Fork River drops through a culvert channeling the river beneath Highway 82. The trailhead is on the left (north) side of the road. The last 5 miles are not as impressive, esp in muted past peak fall, but it was still a nice hike. Before too long you intersect an irrigation ditch. 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. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from May until September. Aspen, CO – 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'). Started at the higher vantage point and did 5 miles in total — beautiful lakes at the end point and amazing views the entire time. Having light pants and a light long sleeved shirt will protect your arms and legs from the shrubbery extending into the trail. To find Lost Man Reservoir enter the 39.126377 latitude, and -106.621422 longitude coordinates into your GPS device or smart phone. From the trail sign, there is a 0.5 mile trail to the right that leads directly to Lost Man Reservoir. This trail is sooo pretty! Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO. Pretty good trail. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 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. Took us a bit more than 4 hours to complete (no stops). 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. When the pass first opens on Memorial Day the loop provides an excellent cross-country skate ski for the entire loop. To Lost Man's Pass and back is 4.5 miles with ~1200 feet of gain. Independence and Lost Man Lakes via Lost Man Loop, County Road 399 to Forest Service Road 394. It was a good short experience, we added a little by going onto another trail. 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. The trail starts by following the creek through the woods and along an open meadow. Great moderate trek with stunning views to the lakes and not many people. 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. The Lost Man trail provides instant gratification to anyone who loves traversing high alpine terrain with see forever views. Very scenic trail. For more information, see the camp page here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whiteriver/recarea/?recid=40513 Can go fishing for brook trout in the stream. It is mostly uphill if you start at the bottom trailhead. Plenty of parking and fairly easy trail to the reservoir. It was awesome! Total Decreed Volume. The trailhead says LINKINS LAKE. Hike to Lost Man's Pass in the Hunter Fryingpan Wilderness. I would also say the counterclockwise direction is easier than the clockwise direction. 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. Views in every direction of countless mountain peaks. And gave up after 4 miles and reaching the South Fork Pass signpost which ALSO says Lost Man Trail is a LOOP. The lake is accessible via the Lost Man Loop Trail from State Highway 82 west of Independence Pass. The first is at Lost Man Campground, approximately 13.3 miles east of Aspen. Couldn’t figure out which way to go at the trailhead. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The incline going clockwise is definitely there but so slight that we barely realized how high we ended up until we turned around. amazing views, well marked, easy to follow. The views of the mountains are amazing, the lakes are wonderful, and the forests are surreal. Great day hike!! The reservoir is pretty and worth the stop. This lake sits in a basin (Lost Man Trail Loop) on Independance Pass area. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, fishing, and horses and is best used from May until August. Families yelling at their son because he is messing with the fishing pole, etc. Still lots of water running off too. This Trail starts at about 11,200 feet right before the top of cottonwood pass. Really fun for families as there is a lake with a beach and kids can wade into the water. Thx. Lost Man Campground is closed due Covid. A little windy today, but you have to expect that in the high country. 17 cars in the parking lot but we only saw two actual hikers up to the reservoi. After we got back to our car we drove to the other trailhead just to see a little bit of that side. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Rocky! The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, fishing, and horses and is best used from May until August. Directions from Aspen: 1. It's pretty, but it's very accessible. 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. The lake has some of the largest Brook Trout I have caught in the state (15-16 inch). 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 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 second is from Independence Lake Trailhead, 17.3 miles east of Aspen at the last switchback before reaching Independence Pass. 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. Enjoy the views at Independence Lake (and Lost Man Lake if you decide to make a loop). Hiked this loop today and once again, another great high country Colorado hike. It is a flat, easy, big bang for your buck trail. So that means that too many people are there. Once you pass by the lakes it gets super easy (we started on the upper trailhead). All in all our favorite hike of our trip. Lost Man Lake (12,450 ft) is an alpine lake in the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness accessed by the Lost Man Trail. 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. This would be the direction I would recommend. Driving there we ended up seeing mountain goat and big horn sheep. The Lost Man Loop Trail is accessible from two trailheads on Highway 82 east of Aspen CO. Great trail overall. A beautiful day!. The first is at Lost Man Campground, approximately 13.3 miles east of Aspen. 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 2. From the Lake, the trail ascends steeply to the top of the pass and then descends steeply to Independence Lake. Streams provide ample water if you have a filtration system with you. Be aware that the loop is not a full loop. There are 10 campsites available. I would do it again tomorrow if I had the chance! The trail is uphill all the way to Independence Lake, but the grade should be manageable more most folks. Manmade Structure: Water Source. This has it all. The two are separated by Lost Man Pass (12,810') on the Lost Man Loop Trail. The trail descends gradually to Highway 82 about 4 miles from your starting point. Fun! Little bit of snow but you can definitely do it in running shoes!! There are TWO SEPARATE trailheads. 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 were greeted by a family of 7 Mountain Goats who ended up spending 3 hours with us. Unfortunately the higher access, the EASIER and shorter side that goes to the lakes, was NOT clearly marked. Beware there is very little shade, so it is ideal to do it on an overcast cooler day. 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. Turn left (north) and follow the wide trail along the ditch until you arrive at the reservoir. Saw a handful of people on a Thursday in October. I would post my photos but I am not paying to call myself a "PRO". TWIN LAKES RES COMPANY & CANAL COMPANY: Owner Location. After half a mile from the west trailhead, you'll come across Lost Man Reservoir. ROARING FORK RIVER: Owner Name. In order to make this a loop you would have to walk along a few miles of Independence Pass - this is NOT safe! If you are a serious hiker, you can cross the reservoir for a harder path. 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. Virtual Tour of Lost Man Lake. Really easy hike. Continue through the valley and at the 4 mile junction, stay right and continue uphill to Lost Man Lake. In early and mid summer there are abundant flowers along the route. The trailhead begins on the left (north) side of the highway. Relatively flat for folks looking for an easy trail. We were pretty tired so we didn’t get far on that side of the hike. ORDWAY CO 81063: Total Decreed Rate. 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. 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. If you need fishing tackle, or are looking for a fishing guide or fishing charter please visit Tackle, Guides, Charters stop at the lake for your snack! Trail: Lost Man Lake Loop Trailhead Begin: Lost Man Creek Trailhead TH Begin Elevation: 10,560ft. The Lost Man Loop Trail is accessible from two trailheads on Highway 82 east of Aspen CO. This is an 8.8 mile trail in the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness close to Independence Pass near Aspen, CO. Great trail. START AT THE TOP!! A reasonable day hike is to Independence Lake and back. Lakes are super blue and beautiful. Was hoping for some wildlife activity, but not today. Just a caution if you hike this during dusk, we saw a black bear swimming in the lake! Lots of places to stop for a break/lunch. Hiking trip report, map, and photos for Sugarloaf Mountain and Lost Man Peak Loop, located in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. On hwy. Volunteers will help place stepping stones in sensitive meadows and building steps on the Linkins Lake Trail. Please note that the Lost Man Campground has been reported closed. 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. We had to stop every 100 feet to take in the views. Moderately busy today. From the Lake, the trail ascends steeply to the top of the pass and then descends steeply to Independence Lake. Coming from the higher elevation the trail is a lot more tundra. 100: About Us. 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. 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. Lost Man Family Campground is situated directly across Independence Pass road from Lost Man Trailhead. 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. Hiked back to upper trailhead through fields of wildflowers, braided streams & lakes. 5.5 hours to complete for our group of 4, 2 over 60 years old. This is an information site, not Facebook. 82, east of Aspen, on Independence Pass, there is a campground called Lost Man Campground. 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. 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!) Trailhead End: Roaring Fork Trailhead TH End Elevation: 11,520ft. Hiked Lost Man 7/9/20 between 11:45-3:45 - lost my wedding ring/band. It is located near Aspen, CO right off of Cooper Ave (CO-82/Independence Pass). This hike needs to be done as an out and back or a point to point! Trailhead access to Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness is across the road. 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Follow the sign at the trailhead to Lost Man Reservoir. 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. From the top trailhead it is uphill for about an hour until you get to Lost Man Lake, which is gorgeous. 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. Hiked the Lost Man Trail on 9/23/20 to the reservoir from the parking lot across from the campground. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. SHARE, don't just BRAG. The best hike ever in these 15 days here. 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. Beautiful along the whole walk so you can make it as long as you want to. So we kept wondering WHERE IS THE LAKE? LOST MAN LAKE. Two miles to the east is the ghost town of Independence, an early mining town. You'll travel over many small streams, all with plenty of rocks to keep your feet dry. Great spot to stop, with awesome views in all directions sitting on a big bedrock outcropping. High Point: 12,815ft. Check out the map for some cool lakes you could use as resting spots. Fishing is fair in Independence Lake, Lost Man Lake and Lost Man Reservoir. You can always turn around early to make this a shorter trip! For an experienced hiker, it’s very easy. 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. A great trail. 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. It was pretty at the top, some nice foliage changing colors for fall. We went with some friends who drove up as well. This is a 7.8 mile loop hike with 3800 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 4-6 hours to complete. We started at the upper trailhead. If you make a loop including Lost Man's lake to the lower trailhead is about 11.5 miles. Sunny! LOST MAN RESERVOIR: Location Type. Dogs are also able to … Creek sounds, alpine wildflowers, mountain goats, and a beautiful mountain lake. 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. The second is from Independence Lake Trailhead, 17.3 miles east of Aspen at the last switchback before reaching Independence Pass. 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