• Activities:

    Stand Up Paddle, Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Kayaking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Summer, Autumn

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic

A beautiful lake high in the aspen-covered West Elk Mountains of Crested Butte.

Lost Lake Slough offers camping, hiking, photography, kayaking, and more in a remote and beautiful part of Colorado. At an elevation of over 9,600 ft., the lake typically opens in mid-June after the snow is melted, and closes in October after the first significant snowfall. The campground is on the smaller side with only 18 sites, and can fill quickly on the weeks; fees are $18/night, no reservations. Nearby dispersed camping options are also available on the road in.

The surrounding West Elk Mountains are home to one of the largest aspen stands in the world, and in the fall the whole area glows with golden colored leaves. The Lake is a prime sunrise photography spot in the fall but a variable water level creates different conditions each year.

Pack List

  • Tent & Tarp
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Camp Chairs
  • Firewood
  • Stove & Cookware
  • Food & Water
  • Camera, Lens, & Tripod
  • Batteries & Memory Card
  • Warm Layers
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Cash or check for camping fees
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I agree this is prime location for staying the night and very close to Kebler Pass. The lake is picturesque and a great place as well for viewing wildlife.

over 1 year ago
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Jason Hatfield Explorer

Adventure and travel photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. I teach photography workshops and offer private guiding around the west. More at jasonjhatfield.com

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