Lost Man Trail
- Physical DifficultyThis is the average user-submitted rating on the physical difficulty of this route. In general, green is beginner, blue is intermediate, black is advanced/most difficult and double-black is expert-only. It is recommended that users build up to black and double-black routes.
- Technical DifficultyThis is the average user-submitted rating on the technical difficulty of this route. In general, green is beginner, blue is intermediate, black is advanced/most difficult and double-black is expert-only. It is recommended that users build up to black and double-black routes.
This is another super high hike in the Colorado Rockies; however, access in on the high Independence Pass Highway reduces the elevation you have to gain yourself!
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Route Description for Lost Man Trail
Find the beginning of the trail right at the nearly hairpin bend of the road’s switchback. Climb a short ways up to the Roaring Fork River. Once you reach a small plateau you will encounter a trail junction where you will keep right to head towards Independence Lake and the Lost Man Trail.
The trail will follow the Roaring Fork River as it ascends the beautiful, lightly wooded alpine valley. Depending on the season, you may be surrounded by gorgeous wildflowers. The views and peaks that surround you are sure to provide plenty of mental stimulation to keep you motivated.
Ahead of you is the imposing Geissler Mountain will fill the horizon, and on the right you will see Twinning Peak and its impressive, expansive ridges. After gaining a few false plateaus you will finally arrive at Independence Lake, at the far edge of the valley.
Continue hiking past the crystal blue lake and up the ridge to Lost Man Pass. From the pass you will be able to peer into the adjacent valley, and you’ll be able to look down to Lost Man Lake. The trail continues down the other way, but this is your endpoint for today. Return the way you came after enjoying the splendid views.
Insider Hints for Lost Man Trail
- The Lost Man loop is a popular one night backpacking trip. It’s great if you are looking for a longer experience in the region.
- Take care as this hike is at quite a high elevation. If you ever don’t feel well get to a lower elevation as quickly and as safely as possible.
Getting to the Lost Man Trail Trailhead
From Aspen, head east on Colorado 82 for 28.2 km. At the switchback before Independence Pass there’s a dirt pullout on the north (left) side of the road. There is an area for parking there. If you get to Independence Pass, you’ve gone one too far.
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