Lost Lake Backcountry Campsite, with four individual sites, sits in a spruce and fir forest on the east side of Lost Lake in northern Rocky Mountain National Park. The lake lies at the base of a glacier-carved cirque, at 10,710 feet, floored with seven other lakes. Hagues Peak, the 13,560-foot high point of the Mummy Range, rises at the head of the cirque. The 19.4-mile, out-and-back hike to Lost Lake is worth the effort with the reward being one of the park’s best mountain views, especially at sunrise. Two sites are on the northeast side of the lake and the other two are on the southeast. The campsite has two privys. The site is reached by hiking the 9.7 miles on North Fork Trail, gaining 2,750 feet from car to camp. Allow up to 10 hours to hike there. Fresh water is available at both the outlet and inlet streams to Lost Lake. Treat or boil all water before use. The campsite is usually snow-free by the first week of July.
Recommended season(s): July through September.
—Stewart M. Green