I recently returned to the Lost Man Trail with the same friends who accompanied me on the original trip, this time to complete it as a loop. The hike can be done clockwise or, as was our choice, counter-clockwise. There is a 4-mile gap on Independence Pass Road (Highway 82) between the start and end, so it's not a true loop and you'll need two cars to do it. Walking along the narrow, winding road occupied by drivers distracted by the scenery isn't recommended.
The directions in this slideshow are from the upper trailhead.
To get there: You will need two cars. Take US 24 west from Colorado Springs to US 285. Turn left on US 285/24 to the traffic light just past the Arkansas River, south of Buena Vista. Turn north on US 24 and follow it until Colorado 82, Independence Pass Road, and follow it for about 20 miles to the summit of the pass. Continue for another 5 miles to the Lost Man Trail parking lot, on the right, across from the Lost Man Campground. Drop off one vehicle there, then go back about 4 miles up the pass and look for an unmarked parking area on the left, next to where the Roaring Fork River cascades down some rocks and under the road. The only formal indication that you are in the right place is a small trail sign marked “Linkins Lake Trail # 1979,” about 25 feet up the obvious trail to the left of the Roaring Fork.
Watch Friends of The Peak reroute wayward creek at Seven BridgesRecent heavy rains caused erosion that accumulated under and ahead of the first bridge on the Seven Bridges Trail, causing the creek to reroute itself around the bridge. The Friends of The Peak came to the rescue and cleared the silt and scree from the first bridge, restoring the creek to it's original route.