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—December 17–
Went for a day long hike up Ute Creek trailhead attempting to reach bison peak. Did not see a single person at the trailhead or on the trail. First mile is a easy going walk along the river then climbs over 2000’ within a couple miles. Definitely a difficult trail and with snow/ice covered at higher altitudes. Unfortunately didn’t reach summit due to time getting late and difficult trail conditions. Great views around tree line with views of many major peaks in Colorado. Planning to go back in the future and discover more of lost park.

Use caution with the map above, this expansive wilderness area is more of a web of trails as opposed to a clearly defined loop. I'd recommend an Lost Creek Wilderness map, and also to start Brookside rather than Wigwam. The last day going clockwise was ridiculous. Other than it being a difficult hike, the scenery and wildlife were second to none for this being so close to the front range.

hiking
2 months ago

Has some really neat rocks at the top and has great views. As far as I know, there's no trail from the saddle to the summit.

If you're looking for a challenging hike and some great exercise this is the hike for you! Unfortunately, when we reached the summit we had very limited visibility of the boulders - however, the hike as a whole was beautiful and there were a ton of yellow Aspens. The entire hike we only passed about 4 people total which also made this hike that much better.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing trek, did a version of this last summer. You can read the full story here:
http://thousandtreks.com/2018/09/22/hiking-maroon-bells.html

fantastic 2 night backpacking trip. lots of beautiful campsites along the way. amazing granite crumbling peaks. GORGEOUS

backpacking
4 months ago

Unique trip! My fiancé, dog, and I backpacked to the open space near the summit and camped there. We hiked through the night and arrived around 12 AM. Finished the remaining mile in the morning before heading back down. Definitely worth spending a few hours up top exploring all of the boulders. Bring water, the stream is only available for the first 2 miles or so.

We hiked this to flattop mountain on a day hike. A little longer then we expected and then further got delayed by having a bull moose on the trail who would run at us when we tried to pass, ended up waiting 30 minutes for him to move on. Lots of wildlife 2 bull moose, elk, mule deer, beautiful views and lots of water. 22 miles total for us in 10 hours. Not to bad

backpacking
4 months ago

Stunning, but tough. My wife and I (both 56, from Atlanta) and our 20-something kids from Denver did the loop over Labor Day weekend. Thankfully, we had the chance to acclimate ahead of time with some long hikes at altitude. We did the 28-mile Lost Creek Loop in three days and went counter-clockwise, which I would highly recommend. First day includes a big climb, with a payoff of spectacular views. We camped a little more than 10 miles in at McCurdy Park, which offers beautiful campsites in a meadow setting with good access to water. Day two starts out pretty easy and includes the really unique and beautiful Refrigerator Gulch. Coming up and out of the gulch though is a butt-kicker, with a 1,000 foot climb in just over a mile. We did another roughly 10 miles day-two and camped in a great spot in the woods along a stream, just before the intersection of the Wigwam Trail. Day three was an easy, and much faster, 8-mile walk to complete the loop. Milkshakes at the Sonic in Conifer, on the way back to Denver, capped a really wonderful long weekend!

Great loop. We hiked counter clockwise and it is definitely easier. I agree with others that the loop is 30 miles according to GPS. Refrigerator gulch is a good place to camp. We saw a moose and other wildlife along the way. Next time I will do it clockwise for the bragging rights, I feel like I cheated going CC.

backpacking
4 months ago

amazing view long hike and I hike it Counter clockwise is the best and easy way out

Second year in a row, what an amazing hike!! Navigation is a challenge, we missed a turn at the end of geneva and had to double back for several miles...

Beautiful trail with lots of shade most of the way. The boulder formations on the peak are sensational

Did this loop back in June and it took us 5 days as we started really late on the first day. One of the toughest trails I experienced due to the elevation gains, however, the views are incredible. Like other reviews, bring a map and compass as it was needed in some sections. There were also 3 river crossings so bring sandals to help alleviate some pain walking on the rocks!

We parked our car at the parking lot that is a mile out from the trailhead. We didn't park at the trailhead as the road to it is not maintained. Our car was low clearance and we didn't think our car would be able to make it over some of the humps. However, we did see a few sedans at the trailhead so it's not impossible.

backpacking
4 months ago

completed this loop 8/26/2018. Garmin watch said about 30 miles. We did it clockwise but almost think we would have been better off counter clockwise. If you go clockwise it's pretty flat for first about 7 or 8 miles. There is cool cave that the river flows through a mile or 2 past refrigerator gulch. good camping in refrigerator gulch. pretty good water sources throughout except up above 10500(there are still water but not ideal). We completed the loop in 2 nights. Out of staters from lower elevations should plan for 3 nights. makes it more fun and can do some exploring.

Fantastic hike, beautiful tundras and landscape. I don’t think this would be as challenging if you did it in 3 days but I only had 2 securing a last minute spot at camp porcupine splitting my trip into 13 & 18miles. Completed this counter clockwise. With all side trips, water gathering, setting up camp, and putting away the bearvault logged about 31 miles on this loop.

Yes a permit is required here for overnight backcountry but if you just show up to the ranger office or call day before they said they reserve spots for walk-ins so dont let that deter you.

You can camp for free down the road in Arapaho National Forest which is about 15min away.

The girlfriend and I did The 4 Pass Loop last year and I think this one is even better. 4-5 mountain passes, 4 lakes, almost 40 miles, and 5 days. Trail was pretty difficult to follow in a few sections. Make sure you are paying attention and know how to use a map and compass.

Agreed with the comment below, this was a difficult hike. First off, bring a paper map as there are multiple trail junctions that are not highlighted on this AllTrails screenshot. I actually downloaded a map from the Hiking Project titled 'Lost Creek Wilderness Loop', and it ended up being a completely different loop. I'd also recommend starting counterclockwise. We went clockwise and the hardest, steepest climbs were by far at the end of the hike. Aside from this being pretty dam difficult, the views and wildlife are second to none for being so close to the front range.

backpacking
4 months ago

Rated hard for a reason. Went counterclockwise starting at lost creek/Park trailhead. First 3-4 Miles are easy then you start a difficult ascent. Little or no water for Miles 5-10.5. Around 10.5 have good place to camp. 2nd day hike looks easier but the first ascent is quite steep. Once you make it to the top it is pretty easy the rest of the way. There are consistently great views, saw a moose and a elk.

backpacking
5 months ago

Difficult backpacking trip taking you around the amazing lost creek wilderness and the amazing and awesome refrigerator gulch with its massive granite boulders.

Tons of wildlife and multiple eco-systems. Water is readily available and camp sites (permit only) are very nice. Portions of the loop are very secluded. Wonderful waterfalls and plenty of day hikes if you want to stay extra nights.

hiking
5 months ago

I did this hike almost a year ago and went back yesterday with my boyfriend and our dogs. We camped about 3.2 miles up the trail, then did the rest and the decent on 7/31. There are a couple great camp sites at around 10500 ft, 0.8 miles from the fork onto the McCurdy Trail. Saw 3 people up there. Definitely less daunting of a distance and elevation gain when done in 2 days. I'm still shocked more people don't know about this place! Weather was perfect: got down to around 45 at night and 60 on the peak. It probably got to around 80 if you stayed in the sun on the way down when it starts to flatten out again, but otherwise wasn't hot.

Much more difficult than anticipated, but amazing summit. Those rock formations and views are top notch. 10/10 will be back. Limited parking but when I arrived at 7:30 am, there were still spots.

This trail was 100% unreal. Last year my buddy and I did the 4 pass loop and thought it was the best hike ever. Truth be told, this loop is longer, has better views and WAY LESS PEOPLE! Bring a map and a compass, cause you will need it on some sections/junctions. I have not one bad thing to say about this trail. It is very challenging, yet so rewarding!!! Enjoy this private loop until the word gets out. It’s phenomenal

A diverse trail that covers three separate ecosystems. Great camping options (by permit only) and plenty of wildlife to see. Completed the whole loop in 5 days with occasional day hikes mixed in.

on Ironedge Trail

hiking
6 months ago

This is a new favorite hike. We only passed one person on the trail, and he was the guy running the Peter Estin Hut at the end of the trail. It's mostly covered with some exposed spots. As others have said, it's definitely longer than 3 miles. We clocked around 5+ miles up to the hut and back. But the views from the hut are great and well worth the incline.

Amazing views and cool rock formations at the top. It is an intense climb up with steady and sometimes steep parts, but worth it when you get to the top. We did it in 5.5 hours. Didn’t see too many people on the trail

backpacking
6 months ago

Did the loop ccw, camped in refrigerator gulch first night and hiked out the next day. Most of the raging streams in the past were dwindled down to a trickle if nothing flowing at all. Many bridge crossings were done walking over the dry creek bed. Still plenty of options to refill on water just not as many in previous years.

Saw pronghorn, and a couple moose.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail was amazing. It leads all the way up to Mt Charles which I nearly summited but was not prepared for such a long hike. 2.9 miles? Seems longer than that. Beautiful views, many alpine flowers in bloom, and just a nice long trail. It kicked my butt. I plan to come back here ASAP.

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