Lost Lake

Estes Park, Colorado

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It is puzzling that so many lakes carry the name “Lost.” (There is another, for instance, at the end of Lost Lake Trail a short way north in Rocky Mountain National Park.) How does a lake get lost? It is in the same place today as it was yesterday. Admittedly, lakes are geologically ephemeral features. But, they require millennia to fill with dirt and disappear. Perhaps lakes are lost due to lack of trail guide authors. Or maybe namers of the lakes admire alliteration, which seems poetic, like most lakes.
Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

It is puzzling that so many lakes carry the name “Lost.” (There is another, for instance, at the end of Lost Lake Trail a short way north in Rocky Mountain National Park.) How does a lake get lost? It is in the same place today as it was yesterday.

Admittedly, lakes are geologically ephemeral features. But, they require millennia to fill with dirt and disappear. Perhaps lakes are lost due to lack of trail guide authors. Or maybe namers of the lakes admire alliteration, which seems poetic, like most lakes.

© 2017 Kent Dannen/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 3.0
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Summer and fall
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder CO 80301; (303) 541-2500; fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill, USGS Nederland
Driving Directions: Directions to Lost Lake

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