Lost '40' Trail

EASY 8 reviews

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.

1.9 miles
72 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips



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.

2 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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.

Monday, May 29, 2017

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

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Easy trail to follow and nice views!

Sunday, June 01, 2014

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.

2 months ago

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Thursday, May 29, 2014