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Brookside-McCurdy Trail is a 14.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bailey, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 14.9 mi Elevation gain 3,861 ft Route type Out & Back
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The Brookside-McCurdy Trail is the major north-south artery through the middle portion of the Lost Creek Wilderness. This trail presents the hiker with the wide variety of the Lost Creek Wilderness, including different forest types, wide-open parks, and wild formations of red Pikes Peak granite.

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Directions from Lake George: Travel 1.2 miles northwest on US Highway 24, then turn right on County Hwy 77 and travel 13.4 miles northwest to the TH at Twin Eagles Campground. Directions from Bailey: In the center of Bailey, turn off Highway 285 onto Park County 64. Drive 2.1 miles to the TH.

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Tom Bogert
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Hiking

Nice out and back hike. Only went in 5 miles today. Uphill most of the way in but a good workout. Nice scenery throughout. Defiantly enjoyable! We’ll be back to do the full hike.

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Tim Hopp
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BackpackingGreat!

Cam down Brookside-Mccurty. Beautiful trail, well maintained. Fairly steep grade. Not heavily trafficked.

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Danielle Kochanski
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Hiking

We only did 2.5 miles in and back since we had our older dog with us. Trail winds through forest and open meadows. Some of the streams were dried up but there was a big enough one at the 2.5 mile mark for the dogs to splash around in. We did an afternoon hike. No issues with parking, saw a few people coming out, no one else coming in when we were.

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Erika MacKelvie
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Hiking

Great trail. Steady incline leading to a beautiful meadow at about 8 miles. Solid day hike, can’t wait to go further in for a multi day trip. Parking lot pretty full Saturday before 8 am.

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Tom Schmidt
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Hiking

Will come back for loop. No need for boots, trail shoes will work just fine. Cross 3 streams each way for those with pups

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Alex Truelove
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Backpacking

First couple miles are pretty open, staggered pine trees. Once in the woods, the views are limited but the terrain is gradual, with a few tucked away campsites and opportunities to break off and grab better views. It was raining steadily, so we didn't make it past the 5 mile mark, missed the meadow juncture this time.

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Marv H
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Hiking

Nice hike, although rainy and cold, but I expected it. Incline from the parking lot until just before you get to the end. Really good workout. Got to the trailhead around 730 and the lot was already full, had to park on the road. Not bad though. Dog had fun, so that is always a plus.

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Alexander Clayton
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Blowdown

Pretty nondescript terrain with no real views aside from the beginning, but it's a great, modestly-graded training trail (or backpacking entry into LCWA) where one can get almost 15 miles and 3,500' total gain without any challenging obstacles except a few downed trees. We heard a bit of thunder at the top around 10:30am, so we decided to head back instead of hiking down the 300' and maybe half a mile to Craig Park, which we then would have had to hike back up. Also very lightly traveled on a Saturday morning, which is a huge bonus right now during COVID-19. Ostensibly, the full ~10-car lot was backpackers who came in on Friday. Luckily, there are some good sections along 64 to park right near the little spur leading to the lot.

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Lori Adams
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Hiking

Great trail!

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Andrew VanRysseghem
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Hiking

On 4/11 about 3.2-3.5 miles from the parking lot Brooks still has enough snow to frequently post hole and be annoying. Turned around they're and added some miles on Payne. Still beautiful the whole way.

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Marcos Mejia
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denise nelson
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great hike today. beautiful weather. numerous big trees down on trail so had some climbing. great day

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Chris Bradt
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Hiking

I disagree that this is a 'lack of destination' hike. The primary track that is shown does not reflect the entire trail. About 2 miles in there is a trail split, follow the right-hand track (sign says Brookside-McCurdy Trail, left track is the Payne Creek Trail). After a total of about 8 miles you go over the ridge and drop into Craig Park, a definite and enjoyable destination. The trail does also continue south where it joins the Colorado Trail in North Lost Park. A couple of the recordings do reflect the entire track to Craig Park, the primary page for this trail should be updated.

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Michael Poplin
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Running

probably a terrible hike if you’re into woods but it’s a premier trail running destination. a bit exposed at the beginning but very soft trails under the evergreen trees.

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Ken Lotze
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Jim Nethercott
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Hiking

A bit anti-climactic, but a solid hike. we measured 9mi, but was our phone. Some striking views along the way.

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Casey S.
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Hiking

This trail is terrible and depressing. There are mounds of cut trees and debris that the forest service I guess has been cutting down for some time. Don’t waste your time , plus trail is not well marked and turns into a wide road in the dirt probably for the loggers. With not much views and all of this going on no wonder there was no one there on a Sunday afternoon.

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Lechita P
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Running

Great for trail running. I went up about 5 miles and heard some thunder so my pup and I turned around and got to the car just as the rain started.

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Taniya Iyer
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We did a quick one hour in and out hike on this trail. The initial bit is easy enough, and there are 360 degree beautiful views. Very little traffic.

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Ryne Emory
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Hiking

Hiked about 5 miles up this trail to a trail junction. There was patches and stretches of snow at higher elevations but not enough to post hole or need snow shoes. The first mile and a half has current logging operations and is kind of a mess. On the way down, there were a couple of men who drove about a mile to a mile and a half up the trail where a lot of the logs were stacked and were shooting rifles. Made a very unpleasant last half hour. They were fairly close to the trail and when we passed them, their gunshots were very loud and we didn't have the protective ear plugs they did. I wouldn't hike this one again unless doing a backpacking loop in the area.

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Shaula Rhodes
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Very hot today. The creeks are all dry. Tough on the dogs.

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Skip Garman
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Hiking

If you think this trail is "moderate" you didn't hike far enough. We took it to the CT, 12.7 miles, on an OAB hike and yeah, it's a killer. The Wilderness sign-in box is 3.2 miles up, according to my GPS. The box is where the tougher part begins. Until that point, you could push a wheel chair up it. From 3 miles in to 12.7 miles deep, this thing goes up and down like a prom... er... nevermind. This'n here cranks out big gains and then losses, over and over again, whilst traversing beautiful valleys and wider-than-usual-trail-width-creeks. No, it doesn't go anywhere important, but it'll burn about 6,000 calories and ache oh-soooo good for a few days. It'll take 10 hours of straight humping, but in the end you'll have earned yourself about 5600 ft. of gains and losses over the course of 25 miles OAB. You can literally then go home and eat the entire house down, and still be ahead in the morning. You's a hiker, ain't ya?

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Laura Gonzalez
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Hiking

We hiked 4 miles up the trail, the first two were relatively simple although uphill for the most part. The next two miles had a little rougher trail. The sites were absolutely beautiful and the aspen groves were truly magical. We got out on the trail about 7:15 and only saw another group on the trail. Definitely recommend!

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Kevin Duncan
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This trail suffers from "lack of destination". It was a nice little hike, and nature is always great, but there is nothing to look forward to. I would leave this one to the locals, and go find something better.

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Julia Drahn
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Arrived around noon. Only 2 other hikers on the trail. Absolutely beautiful. Creek crossing were very manageable. Steady climb up. Definitely on my return list.

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dave ruch
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Nice walk June 2, no snow until about 10,200 ft. Piles of snow got bigger and more frequent until around 10,700 ft, when I could no longer pick out the trail and turned around. When you get to the Ag trail 719 there are some crags around 100 ft off the trail from which you get nice views; otherwise you are mostly stuck in the trees with no vistas. A question for AllTrails webmasters: how come you show the trail ending after about 3.75 miles instead of going on up to the 608 intersection?

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Alison Byers
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Hiking

Nice, moderate hike. We made it to the sign for the Pike National Forest before turning around, not sure how many miles that was, maybe about 3.5? The trail is well maintained, we crossed the stream 4 times and only passed a handful of other hikers this morning.

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Kyle Whitlow
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Hiking

There was still a fair amount of snow on the trail towards the end but overall I really enjoyed it. There weren't very many high point views but the views of the valley with Mount Evans in the background were great. It was overcast during the entire hike so I can only imagine what it would be like if it was sunny out. Also, I wouldn't classify this as a "Hard" hike but instead a more moderate hike even though there is some distance.

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