not very scenic but otherwise pretty nice

So many people. It’s a gorgeous valley but don’t expect solitude. 20 cars in the lot at 7am... never seen so many people dispersed camping. And a few people unfortunately directly camping on the creek, def less than 200 ft (please follow the regulations!). The early hike out to the historic buildings was quiet with perfect temps but on the return it was super busy . Still lovely! Would only go back mid-week or shoulder season.

Really like the trail, as did the dog. Arrived around 7, lot was full, but when I got back at 12, it was REALLY full. Not difficult at all, water along the way, shade wasn't too bad, so dog didn't overheat, so that is always a bonus. The drive out was kinda long, but it is what it is.

Great route! We hiked counterclockwise from 5/27-5/29 (3 days, 2 nights). Absolutely stunning views throughout the hike. Hiking counterclockwise requires you to gain all 5100 ft of elevation gain within about 7 miles while clockwise would spread it out a little more. Great 14er training hike if that’s what you’re looking for. As far as conditions, there were consistently thunderstorms in the afternoon as is usual in the mountains. There is almost no snow left on the trail and traction would be useless. Route finding was not difficult. Plenty of campsites and water sources scattered throughout the trail. Very secluded in the middle of the week. Would highly recommend!

Long drive on dirt roads coming in from south to reach either Trailhead. We hiked it in reverse, going towards Denver from Longs Gulch. Only about 1500 ft gain going that way. The 6 mile meadow is wonderful but lacks shade. There are plenty of opportunities for backpackers to drop tent. Lots of water flows to refill from. Really nice hike. Mountain Biking is great, but from the hiker side it was nice not having bikers in the wilderness area. Trail is clear of snow as of 2020 Memorial Day weekend. (End of May)

We did the loop CCW from 27-29 May over 2 nights. Water is everywhere except for high sections near Bison Peak and intersection of McCurdy Park trail and Goose Creek trail. Rain every afternoon from 3:30 to around 6 then it cleared up. We had tents up by 3:30 and it worked out nicely. Temps got down to 28 deg at night in McCurdy Park. This was a stunningly beautiful hike with so much variety.

Absolutely stunning trail, photos don't even come close to doing it justice. Hiked it in 24 hours a week ago (2 days 1 night). Snow is not a problem at all at this time, saw a moose but no other wildlife. An absolute must do, well worth the 4 hr drive. The 20 mile dirt road to the trailhead was dirt but my Prius handled it well. Enjoy!

Awesome trail! We hiked up, camped at the top, then hiked back down the next day. Lots of backpackers, day hikers, and dogs. Gate was open, sunny weather, and the creeks were full. If you’re backpacking, there’s lots of opportunity for water the first couple of miles of the trail and at about the last mile.

A great trail. Snow, rain, and thunderstorms were a factor

backpacking
10 days ago

Hiked in on Friday, 05/22 and came back on Saturday, 05/23. The trail was in a great condition, no snow, no fallen trees, lots of dispersed campsites. It was a nice combination of uphill and downhill throughout the hike. It was crazy to see the amount of cars parked along the road on Saturday, so I would recommend arriving early in the morning or doing the hike in the middle of the week, if you can.

backpacking
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
10 days ago

May 22-24, 2020 Our plan was to start at Lost Park Campground, go east down Wigwam Trail, turn onto Goose Creek Trail, then McGurdy Trail, and back up Lost Creek Trail. This would have been around 21 miles and avoided much of the elevation on the western side of the loop. Unfortunately, we ended up getting to Lost Creek Trail from McGurdy and spent two hours with three other groups looking for the trail, unsuccessfully. By this point, weather conditions made the southwest route impossible and we had to hike 18 miles back to Lost Park in reverse in an afternoon in a blizzard. Instead of 21 miles with the cut, or 27 miles with the entire loop, we finished a shade over 32! Was definitely a memorable trip. Trail conditions are very good. Some downed trees here and there, a few stream passings that need to be relaid, but mostly it is an easy path to follow. That is, unless you are in the canyon at Lost Creek where trails don't exist. Or at least, followable trails. This halfway point of the loop is essentially a spaghetti system of trails that lead to nowhere and almost no cairns. We saw one guy who came south, instead of trying to go north, and he said it was 2 miles of fighting no path once he left the meadow. So again, avoid the Lost Creek trail in the middle, if you can help it. As for the eastern side of the loop, there are a lot of really nice established campgrounds, but they get taken by 3-4pm. Make sure to get to your campsite as early as you can or you might be wandering looking for a spot. Water everywhere, at least in early spring. For wildlife, we saw quite a few moose, some VERY close to the trail. Lots of elk and deer droppings, as well as black bear prints in the snow - probably passed 2 or 3 mins ahead of us from the conditions of the tracks. Plenty of songbirds, a few beavers, etc. I found the trip to be enjoyable, except the blizzard/hail thunderstorm and the 18 mile afternoon, but we were well prepared for conditions. AllTrails: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/activity-4985035771-5adaacd Garmin: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/4985035771

Hiked in on 5/21 roughly 10 miles to camp and enjoy the backcountry. It was beautiful and didn't see too many other hikers. Hiked out 5/22 and saw at least 25 backpackers, one group was of 6 guys and they didn't yield to us while we were trudging on a steep uphill. Got to the trailhead and we were blown away by the amount of cars lined along the road. Glad we went in the middle of the week to avoid crowds. Great trail, though! Lots of water, too! no snow

Plan was to do the wigwam trail but there was a decent sized water obstacle getting to the trailhead- it was maybe a mile past Wellington lake. I wasn’t sure my car would safely get through and didn’t want to get stuck so instead went to rolling creek. Backpacked rolling creek to part of the wigwam trail. Good conditions the entire way- no mud or snow.

Great views. Went four miles in to check out the historic miner camp. No snow to that point. Water opportunities for first two miles, then again at mile 4. Mosquitos starting to come out.

Hiked Monday, May 18. Ran into many more people than on nearby trails (Meridian and Tanglewood in Mt. Evans Wilderness). Getting to the trailhead requires ~3-4 miles on a dirt road. Definitely doable but kind of annoying in a sedan. First 3.5 miles are very easy and have some okay views but nothing spectacular. The climb up to the pass is intense (~1,000 ft/mile). Trail was easy to follow until it disappeared into a large snow drift about 0.4 miles from the top. I turned back to avoid losing the trail. Wouldn't be surprised if it's easily passable in a few days to a week.

hiking
snow
17 days ago

Gate was open on County road 56 Thursday May 14th. The campground gate itself was closed still though, but room to park on the side and the trailhead is right there. We went CCW and there’s still some snow as you come over and down the saddle by Bison Peak. It’s passable but you’ll be up to you knees for a little bit. A lot of it can be skirted around, but there’s a few sections that you have to go through it.

hiking
off trail
snow
17 days ago

Tough climb to the top and not too crowded. But what everyone has failed to mention is that you don't even get a view once you summit and very few along the way. I didn't go all the way to Wigwam as there were snowfields (5/17/20) around 4.5 miles in that you have to post-hole through or walk around and try to regain the trail which is slow and tedious. The best view in this area is 2.4 easy miles in.

Beautiful trail! Went up around mid afternoon Friday and didn’t see another soul. Perfectly peaceful. Found a great secluded campsite a little over a mile in.

Hiked in last Saturday, camped, and hiked out Sunday. When we arrived the parking lot was very full but I did not find the actual trail crowded. Trail conditions very good, dry, and weather was in the 50s during the day. Note for backpackers: there are lots of water opportunities on this trail but they come and go. The last part of the trail is pretty sparse for water. We ultimately continued on from Goose Creek to McCurdy to find water. we camped on an awesome ridge overlook just 1/4 a mile in buttttt we had to walk even further to gather water and return to our campsite which involved going down and back up a 500 ft incline into an Aspen valley. It was a nice sight to see but a butt kicker after hiking Goose Creek to McCurdy.

hiking
off trail
snow
23 days ago

Hiked on 5/8/20. Started at rolling creek trailhead. Encountered easily passable snow at mile 4. At mile 5, there was a sign that pointed the trail off to the left, into a deep snow bank. Snow was hip deep in this area. Multiple footsteps went straight, over logs blocking the trail. The footprints did not follow the AllTrails trail map, but seemed to follow along the 10,200 contour. My Garmin InReach device showed some sort of trail that seemed to reconnect with the Segment 4, but it was difficult to navigate through the deep snow, trees, and marsh. I followed the footprints about 0.3 miles along the garmin trail, where there was still hip deep snow and run off, making the grassy areas where there was no snow very boggy and marshy. I turned around when I lost track of the footprints and didn’t feel like battling the deep snow. There was no running water or streams other than trickles of snowmelt from the rolling creek trailhead until mile 5 when I encountered the snow. I added photos where the trail split off and the snow conditions under the AllTrails photo tab.

There’s snow on the trail for about 2-3 miles (after about 5 miles in) once you reach the top of the hill it clears off and the rest of the trail is clear (for the most part). Just have some waterproof boots and crampons and you should be fine.

The lost park road gate was locked about 8 miles before the trailhead so there was no way to drive to the start point. We had to run the Colorado trail which ran parallel to the road. There was still snow on the way up to Bison Peak which in spots was knee deep but you could mostly get around it.

Trail packed at 615a. Lots of campers.

Has anyone been able to complete this section recently? Or is snow still too bad to make it all the way? Asking on May 8, 2020

hiking
off trail
rocky
1 month ago

Going up the the arch was very nice but once you reach it, you must go back down the way you came up. There is no trail loop beyond it and we got lost and had to climb down the entire mountain with no trail. Very dangerous.

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