Damon Giordano and his girlfriend, Mahia, went out for an backpacking / overnight trip on the Lost Man Loop on June 8th to 9th. After leaving his car at the lower Lost Man trail head, Damon hitch-hiked back up to the Upper Lost Man trail head along HWY 82 and they set out on the trail from there.
Both of the Lost Man lakes were still frozen and the wildflowers were beginning to bloom. They also saw a couple of snowfields between Independence Lake and Lost Man Lake.
There were a few logs to cross but the water levels were low to medium. After about 3 hours of hiking the duo found their camp for the night below the lower bluffs directly below Lost Man Lake looking out over the valley below.
The hike out was fantastic. Damon recommends bringing a Montbell puffy jacket, Icebreaker wool beanie, gaiters for the snowfields and some North Face fleece gloves if you plan on going for an overnight trip. Oh and don’t forget the Bandit Red Table Wine for the evening meal.
Weather: Partly cloudy at 4pm when starting, mid 70’s during the day and 40’s at night.
Mode of Transportation: Hiking
Total Trip Distance: about 2.7mi to camp, 6.3mi back to car
Total Elevation: 1000′ gained hiking in / 2000′ descent hiking out
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate hiking skills
Trip Appropriate for: Intermediate to experienced climbers and mountaineers
Water Availability Along route: from streams, rivers and the snow, available along the route but don’t forget to bring your water filter to filter the water before drinking from the streams.
Comments: They brought sun protection – lotion/hat, maps, MSR water filter, MSR SuperFly campstove, Bandit Red table wine, synthetic short sleeve tops, Icebreaker 260 weight Merino long-sleeved top, North Face convertible pants.