Lost Lake

OutAndBack • 6 mi • 0 ft

Popular because of its proximity to Denver and Boulder, this area is laced with trails. The tour to Lost Lake is a fun outing for any level skier or snowshoer who wants to enjoy the beauty of a high-elevation mountain lake. Well tracked, not too long, and with manageable elevation gains, this tour is ideal for beginners who want to discover the sport of cross-country skiing, or for snowshoers who want to take a pleasant walk without losing their breath. Only a couple sections of the trail, especially the last one that actually leads to the lake, offer fairly steep hills. Snowshoers will think it’s a breeze. Surface quality: Ungroomed but usually well tracked by skiers/ snowshoers. Avalanche danger: Low.
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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: Nederland
Length: 6 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Novice to intermediate
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 8,810 feet
Top Elevation: 9,780 feet
Other Uses: Moderate snowmobile use
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Excellent trail for novice backcountry skiers and snowshoers. Wide trail that is mostly well packed in places. Several wind blown sections in the beginning where you might need to walk a bit since the snow gets very sparse but once you are past this some beautiful snow in a well sheltered trail. Great views and several options for longer and shorter routes make this a good day for all levels and abilities.

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