Lost Lake Hike

Sawatch Range + Elk Mountains, Colorado

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Lost Lake Hike


  • The trail to Lost Lake in August.- Lost Lake Hike
  • Beautiful wildflowers along the trail.- Lost Lake Hike
  • The view along the trail.- Lost Lake Hike
  • The view back toward Buena Vista.- Lost Lake Hike
  • Lost Lake.- Lost Lake Hike
  • Lost Lake in August.- Lost Lake Hike
  • Looking toward the Continental Divide.- Lost Lake Hike
  • The lake's altitude means a late snow melt. If you go in spring/early summer, expect snow.- Lost Lake Hike
Overview + Weather
Great views. Swimming spot. Low traffic.
Snow can cover the trail in early spring and summer.
Sawatch Range + Elk Mountains, CO
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
317.00 ft (96.62 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
11,563.00 ft (3,524.40 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


This beautiful alpine lake located just east of the Continental Divide is one of the Arkansas River Valley's best gems. The short trail to Lost Lake can be tough to follow due to snow in the early spring and summer months. Along the trail you'll pass another high alpine lake that is popular among fishermen and see plenty of wildflowers in the spring and summer.

There is a small pull-out off Highway 306 just before you get to the Continental Divide to park. From the highway, head east through the trees. Shortly after you start walking you'll come across a meadow that is one of the most well-marked sections of the trail. The trail will lead you past a little pond before you have to cross a couple of small streams and through a final grove of trees. Once through this last grove, you'll exit into a bit of a rock field. You'll have to cross some boulders before picking up the final leg of the trail that takes you to the lake.


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