Lake Park Trail is a 13.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake George, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.
Directions from Lake George: Travel 1.2 miles northwest on US Highway 24, then turn right on County Hwy 77 and travel 13.4 miles northwest to trailhead and Twin Eagles Campground.
This was our itinerary for a six night backpacking trip in the Lost Creek Wilderness:
Leave one car at the Goose Creek trailhead, then drive back to the Wigwam Trail trailhead.
Day 1, Saturday: Hike the Wigwam west as far as comfortable (max 11 miles).
Day 2, Sunday: Get on the Brookside McCurdy Trail and follow it south to McCurdy Park. Camp by McCurdy Park or continue descending to Lost Creek. Estimated distance 10 or 11 miles.
Day 3, Monday: Follow McCurdy Park to Goose Creek and head south. Turn off onto the spur trail and camp at the Shafthouse (only 3.9 to 5 miles for Mark the next morning). Estimated distance 9 or 10 miles.
Day 4, Tuesday. Finish the Goose Creek Trail and drop off Mark at the Goose Creek trailhead.
At Mark’s car, get the rest of the food needed for the remaining days and switch out any gear or clothes available.
Continue west on the Hankins Pass Trail and either camp in the aspen groves or continue to the Lake Park Trail. Estimated distance 9 to 11 miles.
Day 5, Wednesday: Descend again into the Lost Creek area on the McCurdy Park Trail. Estimate distance 6 to 8 miles.
Day 6, Thursday: Either camp in Refrigerator Gulch or continue on to Goose Creek, head north and camp either on Goose Creek or Wigwam. Estimated distance from 6 to 9.5.
Day 7, Friday: Exit on the Wigwam Trail. Check into a hotel, shower and find a good restaurant. Estimated distance 7.8 to 9.
Saturday mid-day home.
Not all the trails listed in this itinerary are available on Alltrails.com. The rock formations and environmental diversity in this area were amazing.
Great wild flowers and views of granite formations. "Lake Park" needs a lake. I didn't find any water along the trail, so bring what you will need. There were some good potential campsites near Hankins Pass. This is usually completed as part of 22 or 32 mile loop through Lost Creek Wilderness.
I had cell service from AT&T once I got over 11,000 feet.
I'd give it 3.7 stars, seen some wildlife, thought it would be a pretty cool hike in the fall with all the aspen groves on the trail. Overall kinda expected more out of lake park itself, but the trail was cool and probably some pretty good rock climbing routes. TIP: Take extra water, it's more of a stagnant marshland. We filter then boiled the water and used it for cooking only. You probably wont wanna drink it unless you had too, and I have a pretty good filter.