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Carol Smith reviewed Colorado Trail : Segment 4
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HikingSnow

Intended to do 10 miles round trip from Rolling Creek Trailhead on east end. Turned around after 3 miles (just before Payne Creek junction) for 6 miles round trip as the snow really starts to deepen once you get above 9,000-9,200'. I recommend snowshoes above ~9K' at this point in the season. Road to trailhead is still largely clear of snow, though, and easy to access. We were in a Jeep but saw low clearance cars at the trailhead.

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BackpackingRockyScramble

I won't bother fully reciting what everyone else has already said about this trail, but to summarize: 1) creek is very, very difficult and downright dangerous, 2) everything else is gorgeous, and 3) do the full loop, it's much better. I'll add that we hiked this with our dog, and I can't stress enough how regrettable that was. Frequently feared for her life, and had to pick her up and carry her/hand her over chasms to my companion. 60 pound dog, 40 pound packs, potential for disaster = harrowing experience

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Hiking

Snow covered the entire way but still easy with hiking shoes or boots. I had microspikes but didn’t need them. Quiet and tranquil. We turned around at the Pike National Forest sign, about three miles in. Rolling and flat.

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Susan Lee reviewed Colorado Trail : Segment 4
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Hiking

Went on the 26th from Wellington. Packed snow for first couple of miles. Then fresh tracks right before Payne Creek trail, slow going. But beautiful.

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Backpacking

You will need a gps or good map skills. The three of us could just barely navigate with both. Very tough hike.

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Elizabeth D reviewed McCurdy Mountain
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11/22/20–TWIN EAGLE TH: Attempted Mc Curdy in 1 day but didn’t quite make it. Got to mile 6.2 (~3000’ gain) and we knew we would run out of daylight if we pushed on. Made it past Lake Park junction. Still had 2 miles and a lot more elevation to cover. Made for a great day hike. Those rock formations are amazing! Trail was dry with some small patches of snow/ice. No traction needed.

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Cuesta Hoop reviewed Shaft House via Goose Creek
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Hiking

Great hike. Have seen the historical cabins before but never found the Shaft House that was really cool. The trail is immediately before the cabins on the right. Was really worth seeing. Love Lost Creek Wilderness area. So remote with incredible rock formations. Only saw one person on the trail as we were finishing the hike.

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The Hou to Guide reviewed McCurdy Mountain
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Surprisingly steep and difficult, especially in a few inches of powder. Solitary and pretty; the scenery was a bit monotonous at times. The forest is so thick the views are limited.

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HikingGreat!

Great trail even though getting to it was sad seeing the Hayman fire devastation from 18 years ago. Some new trees, mostly aspens can be seen. Takes a long time for the forest to recover from a forest fire. Loved seeing the boulders and rock outcroppings in the area. Saw a rock climber ascending from a shear cliff opposite a viewing point at 6.5 miles in.

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Eric Butler reviewed Shaft House via Goose Creek
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HikingSnow

From the buildings, explore the trails both south to the banks of Lost Creek and north to the reservoir ruins. (Contrary to the Alltrails map, easiest access to reservoir ruins is trail to the north.) Great area!

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HikingSnow

Great trail - worth the trip. Don't miss out on a side trip to the Shaft House at 4 miles in. Road up is fairly clear - sedans had no problem making it. The trail is in good shape, as well. The snow is melting fast.

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Lisa Casanova-Sidoti reviewed Goose Creek Trail 612 to McCurdy Trail
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HikingGreat!

Driving on the dirt road and seeing the burn scar I thought there was no way the trail was going to be anything special but it was absolutely beautiful. Great weather today. Not many people on the trail.

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Michael Klein reviewed Colorado Trail : Segment 4
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Eric Butler reviewed Colorado Trail : Segment 4
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Seth Fink reviewed Shaft House via Goose Creek
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CampingGreat!

Went backpacking near Shaft House on 10/10/20. The drive from Denver is a little rough—not far, but mostly on mountain dirt roads. There was plenty of parking at the trailhead when we arrived at 12:30. The hike itself was nice and not crowded at all. I don’t know why it’s rated as “hard,” because it wasn’t especially challenging. It took us roughly 3 hours to hike in, but we were carrying backpacks and took a couple stops. I suppose the distance was the basis for the “hard” designation. There were a handful of nice camping spots near Shaft House, many isolated in areas behind the big, beautiful rock formations, so there was plenty of privacy. There’s also a small creek that’s good for water, if you bring a filter. Overall, the rock formations were the highlight of the hike. The only reason I didn’t give it five starts was because even though the views were terrific, they weren’t quite as stunning as other trails in CO. Still, I’d definitely do it again, especially for a reasonably accessible camping trip.

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BackpackingGreat!
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Eric Butler reviewed Colorado Trail : Segment 4
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Mario Ascoli reviewed McCurdy Mountain
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

This review is for a route to McCurdy Mt that starts at the Lost Park campground. It is long, 17 miles, and it has a substantial amount of elevation gain, 3300 ft, but it can be done in a day (about 8 h of hiking) if you are strong. First, we followed the trail that goes to Bison Peak but as you get to the tundra leading to Bison Peak you need to find a faint trail (that gets much more defined) that goes East/Southeast towards McCurdy. This part of the trail becomes steeper after about 4 miles and you gain about 1600 ft. We followed this trail for a little over a mile to a rather small cairn and then went off-trail on the tundra meandering some towards McCurdy. There were several ups and downs and false summits on this tundra as well as many interesting rock formations and dead trees. When you get to the end there is a short scramble up to the summit. I uploaded a recording of our hike.

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Connor Goodwin reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
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HikingGreat!

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

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Great hike. Just under 14 miles. Probably one of the last weekends to come out here without snow. Had some light flurries on my way back

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Dustin Keltner reviewed Lost Creek Wilderness Loop
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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.

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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.

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Hiking

We completed 3 in/out. Nice easy rolling hills. Well maintained and marked trails. Several easy small stream crossings - 5 or 6. We turned around just as it was getting steep. Parking was pretty tight when we arrived at 10ish. Saw very few people on our way in and a few more on the way out. The road is washboard - not pleasant.

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