To find Lost Man Reservoir enter the 39.126377 latitude, and -106.621422 longitude coordinates into your GPS device or smart phone. Lost Man Trail #1996: White River National Forest. Went both directions a short distance, but neither was matching up with the map. The hike from the lower trailhead is rather easy for the first several miles until you start the climb up to Lost Man Lake. It is very well loved, and it shows with many muddy spots as you make your way to the lake. To Lost Man's Pass and back is 4.5 miles with ~1200 feet of gain. 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The trail descends gradually to Highway 82 about 4 miles from your starting point. All in all our favorite hike of our trip. The views of the mountains are amazing, the lakes are wonderful, and the forests are surreal. 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. 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. 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'). Starts as double track, but shortly converts to trail. 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!) From the Lake, the trail ascends steeply to the top of the pass and then descends steeply to Independence Lake. 2: N39 07.577 W106 34.996 — .15 miles : Linkins Lake Trail split + Wilderness Boundary 3: N39 07.833 W106 34.889 — .48 miles : Cross Roaring Fork River to east side of valley 4: N39 08.205 W106 34.694 — 1.0 miles : Steady climb in expanding upper valley Gorgeous views the entire way. 4 lakes. And gave up after 4 miles and reaching the South Fork Pass signpost which ALSO says Lost Man Trail is a LOOP. Gorgeous views everywhere you look. The incline going clockwise is definitely there but so slight that we barely realized how high we ended up until we turned around. Turn left (north) and follow the wide trail along the ditch until you arrive at the reservoir. Unfortunately the higher access, the EASIER and shorter side that goes to the lakes, was NOT clearly marked. Once you pass by the lakes it gets super easy (we started on the upper trailhead). There are 10 campsites available. This hike needs to be done as an out and back or a point to point! Also, the wildflowers are stunning at this time of the year. TWIN LAKES RES COMPANY & CANAL COMPANY: Owner Location. Enjoy the views at Independence Lake (and Lost Man Lake if you decide to make a loop). A beautiful day!. But it ISN'T. Great! Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. For an experienced hiker, it’s very easy. If u find it please email me at amdprop3@gmail.com. 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. Great hike. Nice easy trail that can be as long as you want. 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. Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO. 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. Rocky! Couldn’t figure out which way to go at the trailhead. Thx. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 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. This has it all. 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. On hwy. That included stopping for lunch just before the jct. Quite a few people on the trail, and going in both directions. Moderately busy today. Trailhead End: Roaring Fork Trailhead TH End Elevation: 11,520ft. 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. Left a car at Lost Man Trailhead and then started at the Linkins Lake Trailhead. This is an information site, not Facebook. Two miles to the east is the ghost town of Independence, an early mining town. If you make a loop including Lost Man's lake to the lower trailhead is about 11.5 miles. It is located near Aspen, CO right off of Cooper Ave (CO-82/Independence Pass). The trailhead is on the left (north) side of the road. 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. 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. The trail gradually ascends to Lost Man Lake. 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. Streams provide ample water if you have a filtration system with you. The trail is not a complete loopit is a good idea to set up a shuttle. ROARING FORK RIVER: Owner Name. Really fun for families as there is a lake with a beach and kids can wade into the water. Very easy hike. Lakes are super blue and beautiful. It is very well loved, and it shows with many muddy spots as you make your way to the lake. Great trail overall. then turned around and it took us 2 hours to make it back - with a stop for lunch somewhere in there. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. 2. Before too long you intersect an irrigation ditch. It is a flat, easy, big bang for your buck trail. Just a caution if you hike this during dusk, we saw a black bear swimming in the lake! Directions from Aspen: 1. Hiked back to upper trailhead through fields of wildflowers, braided streams & lakes. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from May until September. This is an 8.8 mile trail in the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness close to Independence Pass near Aspen, CO. The trail is uphill all the way to Independence Lake, but the grade should be manageable more most folks. This was a nice easy hike, one I could make. I would post my photos but I am not paying to call myself a "PRO". Lost Man Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. 82, east of Aspen, on Independence Pass, there is a campground called Lost Man Campground. 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. Little bit of snow but you can definitely do it in running shoes!! Independence and Lost Man Lakes via Lost Man Loop, County Road 399 to Forest Service Road 394. Creek sounds, alpine wildflowers, mountain goats, and a beautiful mountain lake. Manmade Structure: Water Source. From the trail sign, there is a 0.5 mile trail to the right that leads directly to Lost Man Reservoir. Can be a challenge if not ready for the elevation. Independence and Lost Man Lakes via Lost Man Loop, County Road 399 to Forest Service Road 394, https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whiteriver/recarea/?recid=40513. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Fairly quiet - not too many peoe. Views are non stop. Hiked the Lost Man Trail on 9/23/20 to the reservoir from the parking lot across from the campground. The trailhead says LINKINS LAKE. More information about Lost Man Lake can be found at: White River National Forest – Lost Man Trail #1996 (Hiking) From the top trailhead it is uphill for about an hour until you get to Lost Man Lake, which is gorgeous. 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