The Rocky Mountains are home to several lakes named “Lost Lake.” This one, west of Nederland, is hardly lost, but it makes a great wildflowering destination. Though this Lost Lake is fairly low in altitude, it has a more subalpine than montane feeling to it. The trail is a bit steep in its last half mile, but is otherwise fairly easy-going. It takes the hiker to a serene lake nestled in a scenic mountain setting. About six dozen wildflower species color the way. Even the drive on the Eldora Road to the trailhead may feature a blanket of blooming flowers in midsummer. Some of the restored log cabins in the old mining town of Eldora have whimsical flowerbeds in their front yards. Nearing the approach road to the trailhead, check the water level before you descend to the creek. The “road” runs right up the creekbed for much of the way to the Hessie trailhead. Nonetheless, this is a wonderfully floristic hike once you solve the parking quandary. Wildflower alert: Dogwood-related bunchberry poses on the lake’s northeast shore.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Season||Bloom is June to August|
|Top Elevation||9,780 ft|
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