Hike Lost Man Loop

Rate this Adventure Colorado Lost Man Loop, Aspen, Colorado

Added by Mike Fennell

  • Scenic loop trail near the continental divide at Independence Pass
  • Excellent hiking, fishing, and camping
  • Trailheads are 4 miles apart along the Hwy 82, so a car shuttle is recommended
  • Trail passes through a beautiful forest, 3 large lakes, alpine meadows, and peaks out with views of the Rocky Mountains as far as the eye can see

This 8.8 mile "loop" is not a true loop and the trail ends 4 miles apart along Independence Pass, so a car shuttle is recommended. I would recommend starting at the west trailhead (closer to Aspen) but will describe both trailheads so you can set up another car or shuttle at the other one.

1) West Trailhead: 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 road.
2) East Trailhead: Drive 18.5 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 road.

After half a mile from the west trailhead, you'll come across Lost Man Reservoir. Continue through the valley and at the 4 mile junction, stay right and continue uphill to Lost Man Lake. After this lake, hike to the top of the pass and you'll come across a view of Lost Man Lake, Independence Lake, and a whole lot of mountain peaks. Continue for 4 miles downhill until you reach the east trailhead at Hwy 82.

Pack List

  • Map
  • Hiking Boots
  • Food
  • Water
  • Tent
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Chillin, Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Point-to-Point

Distance:

8.8 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1290 Feet

Features:

Dog Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Added by Mike Fennell

Travel and Nature Photographer. 18 months into living in my self built Sprinter Van and exploring North America.

More Adventures Nearby

Catch a Sunset Above Milner Pass

Colorado / Alpine Visitor Center

This is a great place to be at sunrise or sunset.  Bring a camera & tripod and check the weather ahead of time. Take Trail Ridge Road all the way to the top and park at the Alpine Visitor Center.

Calvin Weibel
2 Saves

Hike the Shanahan Ridge Trail

Colorado / Shanahan Ridge Trailhead

Starting on the edge of a neighborhood in South Boulder, this 3.8 mile loop begins its 869 foot elevation gain by meandering through a pine forest.

Hike the Arapaho Traverse

Colorado / Fourth of July Trailhead

Begin at the Fourth of July Trailhead.  Day parking is free and overnight parking is $5.  Fourth of July is a popular trailhead and to ensure parking, you should arrive early in the morning (6am-ish..

Ian Glass
18 Saves