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Started at noon on Friday. Sunny and warm. Lots of beautiful wildflowers and hummingbirds zipping around. Easy hiking, wide trail. There were a couple of great spots to take in the views and take pictures. We stopped at 2 to wait out some rain and eat lunch. After an hour, the rain wasn't stopping so we resumed our hike. At about mile 3 - 3.5 (which we figured out later was the end of the rolling creek trail according to the map) hiking became more difficult. The grade increased drastically, lots of rock steps and stream crossings (we counted 7-8 total). Some of the crossings were logs and some were rock hopping. The rain made everything pretty slick, our progress slowed significantly. The rain and mist gave everything a primordial feel. Lots of moss, lichens, ferns, mushrooms, flowers, and a couple underground streams. We made camp at 10,300' right before 6pm. Found a great spot near the top of the ridge. With lots of moss covered boulders and trees. The rain continued on and off during the night. Our hike out took about 1/2 the time (approx 3+ hours) in the rain. Definitely an awesome overnight backpacking trip. Ours was 10 miles round trip. Rain gear is a must and hiking poles would have been a good idea.

beautiful, magestic hike. starts off fairly easy and the higher you go, the more difficult the climb. Lots of large beautiful boulders and stones near the river.

trail follows closely to river and is well marked and maintained.

definitely recommend it!

backpacking
10 days ago

Beautiful views, somewhat challenging hike. Hiked in early and set up camp near some old mining cabins. Spent the day exploring trails all around the area. Tons to explore!

backpacking
12 days ago

Loved this loop. My wife and I got in late Friday and hiked a few miles along the Wigwam. The next day we woke up to some light rain that persisted most of the day so we didn't get the miles in that we had hoped and camped around the Gulch which made the third day fairly exhausting, but still thoroughly enjoyable. Bison's Peak was gorgeous---that entire part of the trail was by far our favorite---saw a few Moose on our way up to the pass. I would definitely do this loop again. Advice: keep an eye out for cairns when in the Gulch area as there are a ton of side trails that lead to camp sites.

hiking
13 days ago

backpacking
23 days ago

Nice area to do some hiking/backpacking. Plenty of camping spots, some near the creek. Found secluded spots near the creek which you can find using my recorded track endpoint.

Did this hike late summer last year. Took it clockwise. Got a little ways down the false "unmaintained" trail at mile 3, figured out this probably wasn't the goose creek trail then spent about 45 minutes looking for where the trail split. As I was sitting looking at the map, a girl came up and managed to convince me that we were at goose creek already. So I committed and took the fake trail. As I went I became more and more convinced it was wrong, but I was having so much fun rock hopping I decided to keep going. Denise's description below is apt though. Some big rocks to jump down and around, and 127 hours was in my head big time especially since I wasn't on the trail I was supposed to be on. Also, don't trust the rope and the creek crossing. I totally fell in and got soaked.

Anyway, I camped night 1 in the gulch right where the river disappears. Day 2 I decided to go back around to see where I'd missed the trail split. So I took the real trail this time and found where I'd gone wrong. Coming from the Lost Park trail head, it splits towards a giant rock in the meadow. Day 1, I thought it was just a social trail to climb up on the rock. Come to find out this is the real trail. There was also a log with an arrow pointing left that someone had tossed out of the trail into the tall grass. Moral of the story, turn left at the rock unless you really want an adventure. I don't personally think you'd be missing much to cut off the right half of the trail anyway.

Loved the wigwam trail though, and refrigerator gulch is rad. Going back next week to see the bison peak / McCurdy mountain part

hiking
27 days ago

backpacking
30 days ago

Packed in about 2 hours to find some more secluded campsites - totally worth it. We found a great site hidden between some tall boulders right near the creek, just past the mining shelters and "rock slide." The next day we hiked in the other direction from the shelters, toward the mining equipment, and ended up wishing we had gone that way to camp. There are incredible views with campsites, especially if you're willing to do some bouldering. This was my first backpacking trip and it was unforgettable. Slightly difficult for me even though I'm in decent shape - we adjusted my pack on the way out and it made a huge difference. Will definitely be back.

backpacking
30 days ago

Very pretty but--So. Many. Gun hobbyists. We passed more than one person on the trail who adhered to extreme open carry. We heard gunshots often. Given the fire risk, and the winding trails, it was really disconcerting.

We'll probably hike this trail again. I interviewed the family and the consensus was a "4" rating because the kids didn't 'want' to hike and my husband requested facilities at/near the trailhead.
It was beautiful and serene, mostly rolling hills until we reached the boulders. Not trusting my dog to stay with us (terriers!) he was pulling us up and we slowed him down.
Very nice to have a lightly trafficked trail. Quiet except for the echo of gunshots from the nearby shooting range for the first mile or so.