Explore Backpacking - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Backpacking  Map
VIEW FULL MAP
Reviews (319)
Photos (732)
View user's profile page
Connor Goodwin reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 12, 2020
HikingGreat!

Trail is well kept. Very fun hike. Highly recommend!

View user's profile page
Dustin Keltner reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 11, 2020
HikingGreat!

Hiked counterclockwise on October 10-11. The patch between Bison Peak and McCurdy Mountain and a little beyond has little shade and no water sources, so bring some extra water. The trail is well-kept and mostly loose gravel, pretty kind on your feet. Most of the trail is through forests, but when the trees open up to give you a view, the view is ALWAYS gorgeous. The last several miles on Wigwam is mostly flat, and a good way to end on tired legs. Weather was clear and nights not too cold while I was there. Plenty of good camping spots. Didn't see anyone until I got to Bison Peak, and then didn't see anyone after I got to the Goose Creek/Wigwam intersection.

View user's profile page
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 10, 2020
BackpackingRocky

Difficult trail but some truly killer views! We hiked counter clockwise and are definitely glad we did. It was already quite difficult and I think would have been more so going clockwise, especially ascending from ~8,000 feet to Bison's Peak (12,000+ feet) in one day. Plus was nice to end the trip with the easier, more level hike through the last several miles of Wigwam. As others have said, there are a few portions where the trail was unclear and we almost lost it. Most notably around mile 14 (based on All Trails map), where you need to climb up boulders for a stretch to stay on the trail. Didn't see any bears, but did see bear scat! Also got a great view of two moose on the Wigwam trail, as well.

View user's profile page
Doyle Smith reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 3, 2020
HikingOver grown

Hi, tried hiking the loop clockwise this weekend, but when mcurdy park trail hit the creek, I lost site of the trail. I tried hiking back along the creek to find it, but the trails were faint and disappeared. I had my map but not my gps. I had hiked thru there before, but the trail just became lost. I ended up hiking back out along wigman- it was still a nice backpacking weekend. I met another couple who ran into the same thing, one year the trail was 'gone,' so the next year they went back and the trail was obvious, and he brought back a gps the second time. I guess this part of the trail, lower mccurdy is less traveled, when trying to hook up to brookside-mccurdy for the whole loop. Anyone else have trouble on this section? one star less for trail not being completely obvious. I guess I should have tried looking harder.

View user's profile page
Eric Butler reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 24, 2020
Backpacking

Truly unique area. There is still water available, but plan ahead. Going counterclockwise, it runs dry about 4.5 miles in. Water is then available beginning at McCurdy Park.

View user's profile page
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 23, 2020
Hiking

Amazing loop and a really interesting unique part of Colorado. Whether you do it in 2 or 3 days, you'll have a blast. I LOST MY SUNGLASSES, though. They were brand new and in a case. I didn't wear them at all and don't know how it happened. If you find them, I'd be incredible grateful if you'd reach out to me at zevwellness@gmail.com. Thank you!!

View user's profile page
Scott Valler reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 18, 2020
Hiking

It was awesome and very hard for us. We went counter clockwise and sold recommend that. There was lots of water other than the 6 mile stretch over Bison. Look at track for the water points around the mountain section. It was 30.1 miles by my Garmin. All trails was very spotty recording in low power mode.

View Scott's Recording
View user's profile page
Michael Fischer reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 12, 2020
Backpacking
View Michael's Recording
View user's profile page
Nick Henry reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 9, 2020
Backpacking

Found a watch on the goose creek trail. Please contact me if you lost a watch labor day weekend!

View user's profile page
Chelsey Souligny reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 5, 2020
BackpackingGreat!

This trail was far more beautiful than the pictures led on to! The views were breathtaking and it was different terrain than I am used to in Colorado. It was a bit more dry and especially late in the season this meant less water. Plan on going for 8 miles at a time without water (I typically carried 3 liters with me). Bison's peak is beautiful and a great camp spot. There is a even a cave part way through the hike near the crossing with the rope above! Bugs weren't bad - just a few biting flies at the beginning. Plenty of campsites and parking in the lot. Overall a great backpacking adventure.

View user's profile page
Annette gallmeyer reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 4, 2020
Hiking
View Annette's Recording
View user's profile page
Cliff West reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 28, 2020

Amazing loop. We went clockwise since we live at sea-level. We wanted the extra day to acclimate before reaching the high altitudes. Easy first day and only went 9 miles before rain started. 2nd day was brutal going from 8,600 ft to 11,600 ft. Got water at one of the last spots around 10,600 ft. 1 out of the 4 of us got altitude sickness. 3rd day was nice hiking to the summit and then all downhill back to the parking lot. Clockwise was good because the views kept getting better as you hike. If you go clockwise hike as far as you can the 1st day.

View user's profile page
Lindsay Orr reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 25, 2020
WalkingBugsGreat!

did this hike in 2 nights, 3 days. got to trailhead around 8am on a Saturday. found plenty of parking, unsure if that is normal. went counter clockwise (would highly recommend). first day was the hardest. camped around mile 11 next to a stream. day 2 was beautiful, every turn greater than the last. a lot of ups and downs though. camped around mile 22. many of the campsites online were near water that was no more in August. we finally got to a spot on Wigwam trail that had plenty of water. I fell asleep to (assuming) elk walking through our campsite. many well defined campsites along the way. 3rd day was pretty easy our. 1100ft gain. we saw a moose about 100 feet from the trail maybe a mile from the finish. a lot of bear activity; shocked we didn't see any. the entire trip we saw about 10 people (Saturday to Monday). bring bug spray - they were relentless in some places. during the day, some shade depending where; some full sun. got to about 80 during the day, low 40s at night (need at least a hat and warm clothes). was one of the most beautiful times in nature. highly recommend.

View user's profile page
Dani Marie reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 24, 2020
BackpackingGreat!

Beginners from 0 sea level, we finished this loop going clockwise to gain elevation a bit more gradually. I experienced altitude sickness, but we finished in 2.5 days, 2 nights. Did 12 miles the first day, 2nd day was brutal. We took a wrong turn and ascended when we should have taken a left by the cave river site. There's plenty of water and yes, I'd get a map. They're cheap on Amazon, $8. Be ready for gorgeous, breathtaking views! You could spend days scrambling and exploring Refrigerator Gulch. Be safe, enjoy, happy trails.

View user's profile page
Benjamin Hans reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 24, 2020
Backpacking

Awesome loop. I did 2 days 1 night clockwise, which made the 2nd day super hard with lots of climbing. Beautiful route, lots of water, and great views. A bit of mosquitos

View user's profile page
Drake Hunter reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 24, 2020
BackpackingBugs

First off its difficult to even find the trailhead. its not marked anywhere at the parking area or campground. Second, there is only 1 trail marker at the beginning of the loop. Its incredibly easy to get lost. You should prepare heavily for this hike and bring a GPS.

View user's profile page
Charlie Goshey reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 22, 2020
Hiking
View Charlie's Recording
View user's profile page
Charlie Goshey reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 21, 2020
Hiking
View Charlie's Recording
View user's profile page
Steven Elonich reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 10, 2020
Backpacking

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I went on a backpacking trip in August of 2018. Unfortunately, our map wasn't up-to-date and the trail signs were broken, so my friends and I got a little lost. Fortunately, through the kindness of strangers, we made our way back. We did a podcast on the trip if you're interested: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1CeeFRFSYIwh7rrG3rmbyc?si=XUQuEsTtSaWdQAtJ3m7dXA

View user's profile page
Sara Speedy reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 6, 2020
BackpackingGreat!

Super good loop. We did 3 days 2 nights some pretty long days. Went counter clockwise and would recommend makes the last day nice through the valley.

View Sara's Recording
View user's profile page
Jenni Hankel reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 2, 2020
HikingGreat!

Gorgeous hike. We started at Lost Park campground heading south to do the loop counter clockwise. We camped 14.3 miles in at a stream, and then we finished the loop the next day. We loved the unique topography and will definitely be back in the fall when the colors change! (Very few mosquitos, plenty of water, found fresh bear scat about 5 miles in.)

View user's profile page
Jeff Beekman reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 29, 2020
HikingGreat!

This loops is great for anyone in condition to do a 30 mile loop. It is what you normally see in wilderness areas, do not expect the nice groomed trails of a national forest. There are very steep sections, some questionable water crossings and route finding at times. we found water at all of the locations shown on the map except for sand creek, so there is about a 5.9 mile section with no water. There were unoccupied camp sites everywhere.

View Jeff's Recording
View user's profile page
AllTrails User reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 18, 2020
Backpacking

Did the wilderness loop, but started from the Ute Trail off of 77. Went up to Bison Peak (Ute Trail route) and it was brutal with 30 and 40 pound packs. Began working the loop counter clockwise once we hit the wilderness loop trail. The is no water on this route for 9 miles from the start. We camped at Mellow Camp. Water was 3/4 of a mile down the trail. Day 2, we attempted to use the trail cut-thru at about mile 14 that connects to wigwam to the north. There is a caution on the map that says dangerous-house sized boulders and pitfalls. I would rate this trail as a triple black diamond. Do not attempt it with packs. We had to turn back after a down pour and hail but would have anyway. Took us 2 hours to traverse 3/4 of a mile. It is not conducive to backpacking. It is dangerous and extreme. Packs have to be taken off and thrown across crevaces at the boulder field. This is after 40-50% percent grades that are treacherous. Circled back and had to continue the normal counter clockwise loop. Had to do 14.5 miles total from Mellow Park to get to a campsite near water. Worked the last 10 miles to Lost Camp the 3rd day and got picked up and taken back to our vehicle off of Hwy 77. Total was about 30 miles. (Record doesn’t reflect the time/distance because I forgot to start recording trip again for a couple short periods)

View AllTrails's Recording
View user's profile page
Chris Bishop reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 17, 2020
HikingBugs

Great hike!! Stopped day one and camped at 13 miles. Lots of traffic but campsites are plentiful and spread apart. Finished the hike in two days one night. Be prepared for lots of bugs the mosquitoes did not care about the bug spray or long sleeve shirts. As other have said refrigerator gulch is tough. All in all a great hike with amazing views.

View Chris's Recording
View user's profile page
Sadie Schnetzler reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 13, 2020
Hiking

This was my first backpacking trip and we chose a difficult trail! We hiked this trail in 3 1/2 days and 3 nights. We started counterclockwise from the lost park campground on a Monday and the campground was pretty scarce. When we finished on Thursday morning the campground was filling up and there were more hikers coming in for the weekend. Water was not plentiful the first day hiking counterclockwise. After we summited Bison Peak we couldn't find water to camp next to for the night and weren't able to get any until 2 miles in the following morning. Overall, this was a great hike with spectacular views along the entire trail. The trail was marked well and well kept. I purchased a map off of Amazon for $8 which was a great investment!

View user's profile page
Chantel Hinson reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 12, 2020
Hiking

I hiked this trail in 3 days 2 nights, and completed Bison Peak. I started at Lost Creek Campground and hiked counter clockwise. The hike up to bison peak was a tough one but not as long as refrigerator gulch (hard). Find a walking stick or bring some poles for the downhill sections, or you may find yourself on the ground. There was plenty of water along the trail, and plenty of mosquitos, biting flies, and bees. Bring bug spray! I also wore a mosquito net over my head through one section, because they didn’t seem to care about the bug spray. Overall, however, this was a great hike with incredible views and diversity. Some have said the trail was not well marked, but it is pretty straight forward with some attention to detail and trip planning. There is also a river crossing where people said it was waste deep. There is. I thought I’d have to cross in a section that’s about knee deep instead of risking getting wet by crossing the two small logs that had been placed across. However, as I was getting water on the bank I looked up and noticed an old rope tied from one side to the other. It isn’t noticeable, but when you get to the crossing that appears to be pretty deep...look up! You can use the rope for stability to cross the logs.

View user's profile page
Ryan Kenkel reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 7, 2020
Hiking

Started early and completed in 2 days/1 night. A very scenic trail, but also very difficult (but hey, if you’re here looking at a 28 mile hike, then you probably should be expecting it). Definitely download the map for offline use. Ditto what everyone else said about water stops. Plenty of campsites. No snow. Plentiful parking. Highly recommend!

View user's profile page
John Middlebrooks reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 4, 2020
HikingBugsMuddy

Good hike. 2-3 days for most people to do the full loop. Climb is pretty tough. On July 3rd the mosquitos were out in force and you are always near water. Plan accordingly.

Showing results 1 - 28 of 319