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An alternative line above Lost Lake with continuous snow that sees little traffic.


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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.4

KM

Ski Line

10,903' 3,323 m

High

9,886' 3,013 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

1,017' 310 m

Down

23%

Avg Slope (13°)

36%

Max Slope (20°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Overview

This is a fairly sustained line above Lost Lake that has open glades, good trees, as well as an option for above treeline turns.

Description

Use the standard Lost Lake approach. At the lake, turn off the winter/summer trail and head for the obvious snow line lookers right (west) above and to the right of the lake. You can skin directly over the lake and up this slope, generally just keep trending south and west. The trees are steep and a fairly challenging skin, but once you pop above treeline the slope is much more gradual.

Return the same way you came, keeping the lake in front of you on the entire descent. There are two flat sections that are obvious on the map; the first is the saddle above the main chutes into Lost Lake, the other is a marsh west of Lost lake that you may ski into and need to pole out of and back to the main trail.

This option makes for a good alternate descent at Lost lake that will finally take you away from the hordes you've likely been subjected to on the entire rest of the skin up from the Hessie.

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Shared By:

Jake Albright

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#19

in Indian Peaks

#823

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#19

in Indian Peaks

#333

in Colorado

#823

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Photos

Upper snowfield of Lost Lake Western Slope. Lost Lake is just out of sight, center in photo.
Dec 18, 2022 near Nederland, CO
View from the summit
Mar 27, 2015 near Nederland, CO
Looking back on the upper snowfield on Lost Lake Western Slope.
Dec 18, 2022 near Nederland, CO
Red Arrow - Right Chute, Orange Arrow - Left Chute, Yellow Arrow - Members Only, Blue Line shows traverse on Lean Years
Feb 5, 2018 near Nederland, CO

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