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Lost Lake Trail

3.3 miles (one way)

Lost Lake Trail offers a scenic and moderately challenging hike suitable for trail runners and mountain bikers alike. The trail starts at the Lost Lake West Trailhead and spans 6.8 miles roundtrip, with an elevation gain of 637 feet, climbing to a high point of 10,294 feet before descending to Lost Lake.

From the trailhead, the path winds through lodgepole pine and aspen groves, providing stunning views of Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek, and the Gore Range. The trailhead is located off Forest Road #700 and travels along a ridge between the Piney and Red Sandstone drainages. As you bypass the fork to Piney Lake and continue straight, the trail ascends gradually to its highest point, then slightly drops to Lost Lake—a popular turnaround spot, though an additional 0.75 mile stretch leads to the east trailhead, crossing Red Sandstone Creek through forest and meadows.

Though less traveled compared to its neighbor Piney Lake, Lost Lake offers tranquility and picturesque landscapes, making it a rewarding destination for visitors seeking a serene outdoor experience.

Trail Adopted By: GOAT Training

Show Your Love for Vail Trails

Hiking in Vail goes hand in hand with caring for our pristine natural environment. Here’s how you can do your part!

Stay on the Trail

No shortcuts - going off trail compromises trail construction, kills the vegetation, increases soil erosion and may result in reduced water quality.

Pack Out Trash

Stash it until you can trash it - anything you bring with you, you must pack back out! Trash can hurt wildlife and contaminate water ways.

Dog Do's and Don'ts

Do pick up the doo – pack out all dog poop. Don’t let dogs off leash – this is to protect them from wildlife and wildlife from them.

Respect Wildlife

Give them space - observe wildlife from a distance and do not follow or approach them. Never feed animals as it can alter their behavior.

Plan Ahead

Take the trail less traveled - there are over a hundred miles of hiking trails in the Vail area! Use the trail guide to discover area trails and whenever possible ride a bike or take a FREE Town of Vail bus to the trailhead.

Driving Directions

Access: From I-70, take Exit 176 for Vail. Turn to the north and proceed on North Frontage Road to Red Sandstone Road #700. West Trailhead: continue up Road #700 for 6 miles to the trailhead parking on the right.

Dogs & Leashes

On all trails that enter the Eagles Nest Wilderness, as well as on the North Trail, DOGS ARE REQUIRED TO BE ON A PHYSICAL LEASH. If you would like to hike with your dog off leash, there are several areas you can go, such as any trail, aside from the North Trail, that does not enter the Eagles Nest Wilderness, as well as dog parks within the Town of Vail. Remember that, no matter where you are, when in public, your dog needs to be under verbal control. Also, if you use a provided dog waste bag, please remember to carry it out with you. The bags are not biodegradable.