Connects: Independence Pass Road (HWY 82), Lost Man Campground, Lost Man Trail, Midway Creek Trail, Lost Man Reservoir (10,580 ft) , South Fork Pass Trail, Lost Man Lake (12,450 ft), Lost Man Pass (12,805 ft), Independence Lake (12,497 ft), Linkins Lake Trail
Aspen, CO – Hard – 13 Miles – Hike, Run, Road Bike, Horseback Ride, Dog Friendly – Rocky/Dirt
The Lost Man Loop is a difficult road/trail connection using all 9 miles of the Lost Man Trail and a 4 mile stretch of Independence Pass Road (HWY 82). This is a 13 mile loop with portions in the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness close to Independence Pass near Aspen, CO. The Lost Man Trail you can hike, run, and horseback ride with a dog. Biking is allowed on Independence Pass Road (HWY 82).
Sections of the Lost Man Trail are referred to as Lower Lost Man Trail and Upper Lost Man Trail, as the two trailheads are located lower and higher along Highway 82. The lower Lost Man Trail parking area, located past mile marker 55, is also the trailhead for Midway Creek Trail. The upper Lost Man Trail parking area, located past mile marker 59, is also the trailhead for Linkins Lake Trail, also called the Independence Lake Trailhead. If you are traveling the entire Lost Man Loop there is a 4 mile gap along Independence Pass Road (HWY 82) to get back to your original trailhead parking area.
More information about Lost Man Loop can be found at:
White River National Forest – Lost Man Trail #1996 (Hiking)
Lower Lost Man Trailhead
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Upper Lost Man Trailhead
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