If views are your thing, than the entire Independence Pass in general is for you. And, so is this trail. Located less than a mile from the west side of the pass, the trailhead parking is small, but you can park on either side of the road so you should be ok. Views open up almost from the first as you head up the trail along an alpine stream. The views just get better and better as you climb higher, especially after you leave the Lost Man Trail after 0.1 miles. The trail is steep (you'll be gaining about 500 feet in 0.6 miles), but that just means that you have more time to look at the views while you rest often. Finally, you top out at the lake, which is pretty nice with cliffs all around. Definitely recommended if you're looking for a short hike (<3 miles) in the Independence Pass area.
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