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This relatively short trail leading to Lost Lake, is located north of Granby, on the east side of the Bowen Gulch Protection Area.

Attractions and Considerations: The Lost Lake Trail is popular with day hikers, picnickers and fishermen. The lake is generally accessible by June.

Narrative: From the trailhead parking, it is less than one mile to the Lake. The trail follows an old road for the first quarter mile through open meadow. This road is closed to vehicles and has been revegetated. The trail then enters the trees and then comes to another small clearing where the trail splits. Take the right hand fork, crossing Willow Creek and leading uphill through switchbacks to the lake.

Surrounding the lake are the Porphyry Peaks to the southwest, Cascade Mountain to the north, and Gravel Mountain to the southwest. A magnificent view of the entire Fraser Valley and the Continental Divide evolves at timberline but gets better as the trail climbs to the peak. The final climb over rocks and ledges to the top looks intimidating but the trail is well defined and safe.

Directions: From Granby, Follow Highway 40 west to Highway 125. Take Highway 125 north to County Road 4, about 3 miles south of Willow Creek Pass, and 17 miles north of Highway 40. Follow this unpaved road along Willow Creek approximately 6 miles to the Stillwater Pass Junction. Follow County Road 456 1/2 mile to the Lost Lake Trailhead and parking area.

Elevation: 9,460 feet

Ending Elevation: 9,662 feet

Elevation Gain: 202 feet

Usage: medium-Heavy

Difficulty: Easy

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Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Colorado

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