Lost Lake Trail

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  3.3 from 4 votes
black  Difficult from 2 votes
Rank: #13 in the White River National Forest area
#875 in CO, #8,038 Overall
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Trail in the area near Vail,
“A fun singletrack trail in either direction with an opportunity for a dip in an alpine lake.”
Jason Lampe on Jul 13, 2013
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4.16.6 milesKilometers 311’95 m Ascent 10,237’3,120 m High 5% Avg Grade (3°)
Singletrack Type -658’-201 m Descent 9,653’2,942 m Low 14% Max Grade (8°)
Not rideable until the snow has melted, which could be into early June. If you're driving to the eastern trailhead, low clearance vehicles are not recommended after the turn onto Lost Lake Spur. No problems driving to the western trailhead.
1:24 average time for 7.2 miles. Details

Starting at about 9 miles up from the valley floor of North Frontage Road, Lost Lake Trail is out there. It can be ridden in either direction, or as an out-and-back. Parking is available at either end of the trail.

If riding east to west, you could connect to Buffehr Creek Trail descent. If riding west to east, you could connect to Son of Middle Creek. It's not particularly difficult in either direction, and riding east to west, there is only 1 short/steep climb. The trail does require skill with negotiating exposed roots and loose rocks riding in either direction.

The trail is obvious and easy to follow, except for one area (see info icon): If riding east to west, once you see the lake, follow the trail off to the right with the lake on your left. If riding west to east, once you see the lake, follow the trail about 1/4 of the way around the lake or about 1/4 mile, then veer to your left with the lake at your back.

Ride east to west if you want (this direction is mapped here):
- more challenging climbing with a few hike-a-bike sections
- a super fun, fast and steady descent
- to connect to Buffehr Creek Trail

Ride west to east if you want:
- to climb steadily rather than steeply
- to connect to Son of Middle Creek

Or ride out and back from either direction!

3 stars. The trail itself is excellent in either direction. Getting to it is either a lot of fire road climbing or driving to enjoy about 4 miles of singletrack.
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4.6 (17)
A grand tour combining amazing alpine scenery with Vail's finest flow trails.
near Frisco, CO
4.5 (13)
An epic ride with spectacular singletrack, scenery, and a 4,600' descent.
near Frisco, CO
4.4 (5)
A big loop with great scenery and varied riding.
near Avon, CO

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PHOTOS of Lost Lake Trail
  2.3 from 3 votes
Typical of this trail: some exposed roots loose rocks (Vail, CO)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Nice open view at this section (Vail, CO)
  2.3 from 3 votes
The descent when heading east to west (Vail, CO)
  2.3 from 3 votes
The trail is not particularly clear at this point. From this viewpoint, ... (Vail, CO)
  2.0 from 3 votes
One of the rocky climbs while heading east to west (Vail, CO)
  2.0 from 3 votes
Steady climb or smooth and fast descent (Vail, CO)
  2.0 from 3 votes
The start of Lost Lake Trail (Vail, CO)
  2.0 from 3 votes
Lost Lake (Vail, CO)