Lost '40' Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Wirt, Minnesota that features a great forest setting. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.9 miElevation gain72 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashkid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingForest
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The "Lost 40" is a Point of Interest in the Chippewa National Forest. It is 40 acres that was surveyed as swampland in error in 1882, hence it was never purchased by loggers and thus has never seen the loggers saw. It's full of old growth red and white pine trees and other flora. Along the trail, there are many information stands that explain what it is your are looking at, as well as the history of the site. Very easy walking, beautiful tree's, quiet! Worth the drive and bring your camera.

National Forest Service www.fs.fed.us/r9/chippewa 218-835-4291

From Blackduck, MN, take County Roads 30/13 to Alvwood, travel north on State Highway 46 for 1/2 mile to County Road 29. Follow 29 east for about 11 miles to Dora Lake and County Road 26. Travel 2 miles north on 26 to Forest Road 2240. About 1 1/2 miles west of this intersection you will find a sign for the Lost Forty.

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Tom K
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Nice old growth forest of pines, however during summer mosquitoes are very bad! Aug 2019 eastern-northern MN, Canada (Ontario, Manitoba) trip. Day 10 Last visit to central-northern MN exactly one year ago.

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Jeff Baker
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Very short, easy to navigate trails. The old growth trees are awesome to see, if you’re going to be in the area I recommend stopping.

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Lou Cornicelli
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What a great piece of the world. Walk this trail, it’s well worth the time.

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Kacy Slyt
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Unmarked trails. Easy to navigate thou. Lots of people out and about

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Cornie Beukhof
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L T
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Hiking

Very nice and easy hike. Lots of old growth conifers. Very peaceful

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2rightfeet User
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WalkingBugsGreat!

Great, quick 1hr trail! Elevation was decent on the normal trails. Has a few offshoots that were pretty steep. Didn’t go to anywhere though and they were short. But you can climb them if you’d like! Bring bug spray. You’ll get bit by the MN state bird pretty good on the way back.

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Wendy Hakes-anderson
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Hiking

Great trail. Short! Took my teenagers and I about an hour. The big trees are beautiful and the mosquitos are hungry!

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Hiking

Busy trailhead on weekdays but able to walk in seclusion most of the time. Beautiful red and white old growth pines. Visitors have been stripping dozens of birch trees and destroying them recently. if you see this activity, take a photo of the vandals and send it to the DNR.

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Yee Jensen
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HikingBugs

Completed this on 8/31/2019. I am going to be brutally honest - the idea and history behind the Lost 40 is more fascinating than the hike itself. It’s basically a short 1.9 mile loop with zero overlook and rather boring. The trees are said to be 300-400 years old, but the trees we saw (except for 1) were all rather average. The forest floor is interesting in that it is covered in a variety of floral and fauna (especially mushrooms). The worst part is that because it is so easy (and a holiday weekend) - there was a ton of foot traffic...people with their loud kids, strollers, and dogs. It did not feel like you were “lost” in the woods at all. My advice - save yourself the 4 hr drive from the cities.

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Anna Snyder
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Hiking

Very easy short trail. Sign says animals are prohibited though.

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T. Tracy
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Hiking

Great trail. Cool to see such huge old trees. I recommend reading the self-guided tour info ahead of time, since some of the numbered posts are missing and others are out of order. Otherwise, you'll get confused and get chewed up by mosquitoes while trying to figure out where things are. Path is otherwise easy to follow and is not very strenuous. Oh, BTW, the "overlook" is no longer an overlook because it has become overgrown. No biggie. Just don't try looking for it.

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Roxanne Schlapkohl
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nice walk through old growth. one warning. we went on a Thursday in August - late morning - and when we got back the parking lot was full. Since the quiet is one of the big attractions, go early or late to avoid crowds.

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Bruce Heysse
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Walking

A remarkable walk thru old growth pine forest lands. The walk is short, but includes +20 information stands that inform the walker what they are observing. A walk back in a time over a century + ago.

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Nicole P
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Hiking

Pretty area, trail is short. Drove 4 hours round trip to hike one mile, but it was neat!

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Kourtney Woracek
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Hiking

Easy trail to follow and nice views!

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Evan Nolte
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Great short hike close to some dispersed backcountry camping areas in the Chippewa National Forest. The Ranger station never mentioned anything when I said I was going out there with my dog but the trail head has a sign declaring it a scientific natural preserve and no dogs allowed, even on leash.

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amanda bramble
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Angela Sunderland
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Kristen Lancaster
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Sean O'Leary
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Annemaree Ruffell
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Kevin Stenholm
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Karyn Clemmensen
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Lee Kahlbaugh
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Jim MacDonald
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Dave Olson
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Michael Marrinan
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