Lost Lake Trail
Distance from Denver: 51 miles; one-hour drive
Nederland is a small town west of Boulder that’s home to the infamous Frozen Dead Guy Days festival. But you (hopefully) won’t find any dead guys (frozen or otherwise) on this nearby hike that takes you past a small waterfall, and finally to Lost Lake, where you’ll get waterfront views of the Indian Peaks. It gets chilly here in the fall, so layer up and you might even be rewarded with a moose sighting.
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Molly Martin is a Denver-based freelance writer who doesn’t miss the summer heat. Follow @mollydbu on Instagram and Twitter.