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Agreed with the comment below, this was a difficult hike. First off, bring a paper map as there are multiple trail junctions that are not highlighted on this AllTrails screenshot. I actually downloaded a map from the Hiking Project titled 'Lost Creek Wilderness Loop', and it ended up being a completely different loop. I'd also recommend starting counterclockwise. We went clockwise and the hardest, steepest climbs were by far at the end of the hike. Aside from this being pretty dam difficult, the views and wildlife are second to none for being so close to the front range.

backpacking
1 day ago

Rated hard for a reason. Went counterclockwise starting at lost creek/Park trailhead. First 3-4 Miles are easy then you start a difficult ascent. Little or no water for Miles 5-10.5. Around 10.5 have good place to camp. 2nd day hike looks easier but the first ascent is quite steep. Once you make it to the top it is pretty easy the rest of the way. There are consistently great views, saw a moose and a elk.

backpacking
6 days ago

Difficult backpacking trip taking you around the amazing lost creek wilderness and the amazing and awesome refrigerator gulch with its massive granite boulders.

backpacking
1 month ago

Did the loop ccw, camped in refrigerator gulch first night and hiked out the next day. Most of the raging streams in the past were dwindled down to a trickle if nothing flowing at all. Many bridge crossings were done walking over the dry creek bed. Still plenty of options to refill on water just not as many in previous years.

Saw pronghorn, and a couple moose.

backpacking
1 month ago

3 of us completed the loop clockwise in 2 ½ days. We started at the Goose Creek trailhead. Day 1 was all uphill and we had to put in about 2 hours of night hiking to reach a campsite with good water. We didn’t start until 3PM though. Day 2 was a mix of both up and down hill but mostly downhill. The views were absolutely stunning. We camped day 2 in Reservoir Gulch. Excellent camp site and good water. Day 3 was the last 4-5 miles out. We were back at the trailhead where we put in well before noon. Easy day 3 hike. We read a lot of posts from others on this trail beforehand. I definitely recommend going clockwise. The first 7-9 miles will be very challenging but the rest of the hike is much easier and the views are incredible. If we did this again I’d start early morning, but that’s it. Have fun!

This trail was probably too ambitious for our group of 3 casual backpackers ages 20, 27, and 57. ( The 20 year old had the toughest time due to altitude).

The scenery is fabulous. There are wonderful campsites. We saw a moose. The trail conditions are real sketchy in a lot of places. Be prepared to do some bouldering. The whole loop should take you more than 3 days if you are not an expert. We went CL and took a short cut through Lost Creek Trail back to Wigwam Creek Trail.

I do not recommend the southern 2 miles of Lost Creek Trail. We made it without incident, but it's treacherous in spots. We needed our rope, and guidance from other hikers who knew the route. We were scared of being stuck with no safe way out, but we did fine and had a nice trek.

We had fun. If I did this trip again, I would plan 4 to 5 days for the whole loop, or make it a shorter out and back route. I you are up for a big challenge at high altitude, go for it!

backpacking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail clockwise and thought the best views were at the end; although It had a longer, steeper hike to reach these views. Also, was nice to have the six easy miles at the end. A lot of people were hiking in the opposite direction.

Ended up being closer to 29-30 miles for us. We didn’t see any wildlife. Water was a little harder to find, so we made sure to fill up when we came across water. We did this hike in two long days. Was amazing. Would totally recommend.

I took this loop CW starting at the Lost Park TH, took me a day and a half to finish. I camped about 2 miles outside refrigerator gulch (12 miles from TH) on goose creek trail in a lovely little aspen grove. CW direction definitely saves the best for last in my opinion, but comes with steep elevation gain coming from refrigerator gulch that you have to be prepared for (think 3000 feet over about 4 miles). However, the payoff at the saddle is so rewarding, and the last 6 miles are easy meandering downhill. Beautiful aspen groves, lovely ponds, and some amazing rock formations. Looked decent if you like fly fishing as well, I saw some nice sized brookies before my dog jumped in and scared them away. Overall a beautiful hike, I plan on returning in the fall when the aspens are changing.

A few trail notes:

Black flies and mosquitos were bad at lower elevation, so bring a net and/or some spray.

Refrigerator Gulch has a lot of side trails that lead to campsites, I recommend using a trail guide here because I got lost for about 30 minutes trying to find the real trail.

I never had an issue finding water but about 6 miles of Brookside McCurdy (ascending and descending the summit to the Ute Creek intersection) were dry. Keep an eye on your water supplies and refill as often as possible.

I didn’t see any large wildlife at all, but that could be because I have a pretty barky dog. I spoke to a couple who swears they saw a mountain lion about 20 ft from their campsite on McCurdy trail. Moose are also prevalent here. Just be smart, know your wildlife, and hang your food at night!

backpacking
2 months ago

Started at Lost Park TH and hiked the loop clockwise. Passed about 20 people over the 2 days I spent hiking, which was more than I expected, being a Tuesday/Wednesday. The refrigerator section was gorgeous! Plenty of water for refilling. No snow on the trail, just some patches next to the trail here and there. I recorded and uploaded the I’ll loop, but didn’t pause it for many of my breaks, so the timing is off. The full loop is almost 29 miles, which doesn’t seem like much until you get to mile 27 and realize you have 2 more to go. All in all it was a beautiful hike!

backpacking
2 months ago

Started at Wigwam 609 and went clockwise. Didn't do the entire loop but made it about 22 miles in and out. No snow, not a terrible amount of traffic either. We did see a young bull moose that did become aggressive and charged our camp. Thankfully our dog was pretty loud and it seemed to deter the moose. Friendly reminder to always be prepared in the back country! If you do happen to see a moose, be prepared! A number of people over the weekend saw moose. No other reports of aggression.

backpacking
2 months ago

We started the trail at the goose Creek entrance and initially planned on taking the trail counter clockwise but a missed turned had us take in clockwise which inevitably we were really glad we did. Taking the trail clockwise guarantees better and better views each day, which we spent three completing the trail.
The first day we went in 10 miles and the trail remained flat for the first 6 and then had rolling hills an and elevation gain at the end. You spend the second day making your way into refrigerator gulch and then proceed to go up and down, hitting a low point of the valley each time. The last 3 miles are spent doing rigorous uphill and steeply gaining elevation. By the third day we had 11 miles to exit the trail, 5 of which were rolling and then slight bits of elevation gain towards summiting and then lots of downhill and flat.
The difficultly of this trail lies in the fact that most of the elevation you gain is gained over short distances, meaning you'll increase 600-1000ft in elevation over a mile, making those small parts especially hard, but for the most part the trail is rolling or flatter, especially entering and exiting.
10/10 would recommend as every campsite we stayed at was beautiful and finally sumiting the 3rd day provided insane views.

Started the loop at Goose Creek TH and hiked CCW in 2 days. No snow at all. We camped somewhere along the McCurdy Trail - campsites near water were totally overrun but plenty of dry camping. No water from Brookside-McCurdy/Ute Creek junction all the way to ~1 mile down Hawkins Pass Trail (assuming you head east on Lake Park toward Tarryall Peak).

This hike is a departure from most of the views I've encountered while backpacking in Colorado. We even saw a bull yearling moose! Would have done it over 2 nights if we had more time because there are so many excellent campsites.

3 months ago

Not sure how to rate this trail because of the different segments. We did it 5/12-13/2018. Very minimal snow on trail. It is a difficult loop. If the elevation changes were better detailed, one would be better mentally prepared for the trip. Incredible scenery is all over this hike. Great and reliable water supply is available through almost all of the trip. This would be a great three day loop, especially if you are going clockwise on this loop.

We tried to enter the loop at the Lost Park trailhead; however, the gate at the Long Gulch trailhead (9 miles away) was closed. Instead of walking 9 miles down the road, we chose to enter at Ute Creek trailhead off of Tarryall Road. This makes the loop 9 miles longer. 4 1/2 miles up to Brookside-McCurdy. We did the loop counterclockwise and are thankful we did. From the Ute Creek trailhead, this hike is a steep and long climb to the Bison Peak saddle. We had two days to do the loop, so we were pushing to try and get to water along the Goose Greek Trail. We did not make it to water and had a dry camp. We barely made it to the intersection of Goose Creek and McCurdy Park Trail. (18+ miles). The map on AllTrails shows the total elevation loss, but not all of the up and down on the trail., especially on the McCurdy Park trail. (AMAZING ROCK FORMATIONS ALONG THIS PORTION OF THE TRAIL). You will work getting to Goose Creek intersection. If you were doing this loop in a clockwise direction, the Mc Curry Park trail will be incredibly difficult. It has significant climb.

The second day, although longer (21+) was much easier hiking. The meadows were beautiful. We were hoping to see more wildlife than we did, but the scenery was great. Lots of water and great campsites along the Wigwam trail. Hard to believe there are such large open spaces in the Rockies like this meadow (8 miles long). Turning south and heading back up the Brookside-McCurdy Trail was a nice gradual climb to the intersection with the Ute Creek trail. The long, steep downhill was really tough on the legs at the end is such a long day.

Scenically, this loop is worthy of five stars. I don’t think I will do this loop again, but only because there are too many other places to backpack.

This trail was an experience!! Our group backpacked through here for 3 days and loved it. It was the most challenging trail I've done personally but was easily the most rewarding. After each trial you seem to be rewarded with dream-like views. Highly recommended!

Great backpacking route, I soloed it in 2 days, camped around mile 13 at the black rock spot and had the place all to myself. Refrigerator gulch is pretty and amazing in the fall, the rocks are huge and fun looking. Saw black bears and a hawk hunting, super windy but a great trek! Very minimum snow on trail, didn’t use microspikes at all

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Started at Goose Creek going counter clockwise. Bison Peak was breathtaking. We were lucky enough to see a moose along the hike.

backpacking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

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.

backpacking
Thursday, July 20, 2017

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
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Super fun backpacking trip! Day 1 was fairly easy but we got a late start and camped at mile 9. Day 2 was definitely harder but we stopped at an absolutely beautiful cave w water running thru it and then took at wrong turn around mile 14 (directly across a fairly wide creek crossing) which went up a super sketch trail to a box canyon. Note to self - do not follow the hiker in front of you who doesn't have this app. If you do this part of the hike - ditch your packs as some of it was actually terrifying taking packs off to get around rocks, one false step and bye bye down into the canyon, and grabbing onto tree roots or anything you could find to pull yourself back up. Not advised but a sight to be seen for the daring and nimble none-the-less. With the 1.5 mile detour included we camped at the bottom of the meadow at mile 18 night two. Day three we woke up at 5am, left around 7 or so and finished the hike by 1:30-2. Once you get to the summit - it's a really nice finish. Loved this hike and would do it again minus the detour...thanks AllTrails for helping us get back on track! And for showing us there's no water after about true mile 18 until you're well on your way down again. First time I've used this app and LOVE IT!!!! Just make sure you connect to AllTrails and go into record mode while you still have wifi or I couldn't get it to connect. There's really no service anywhere near the trail....

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Beautiful, lonely hike.

Day 1 from TH to Refrigerator Gulch was fairly straight-forward, 12 miles, mild elevation towards the end before a quick descent down into the gulch. The campsite at the gulch itself is fine. It's not the best one along the track, but it works well for the end of a day's walk.

Day 2 from Refrigerator Gulch to Bisons Peak is pretty brutal. You'll embark on a series of ups/downs into other gulches (with campsites far nicer the RG, if you can make it there), followed by a long, arduous ascent of just over 3000 feet, totalling 10 miles for the day. The last 4 miles across to the peak is dry and barren, so make sure your water is full well in advance.

It all becomes worth it to camp on Bisons Peak. Sunset over the Rockies to the west; sunrise over the enormous boulders; views down to Pike's Peak. It's stunning, but also eerily lonesome when you realize that you have the entire summit plateau to yourself. It's just you and the rocks for the night.

Day 3 is an easy 6 mile walk off the summit and down a valley back to the TH.

IF I were to do it again, I would definitely change the direction and take it counter-clockwise. The ascent up the valley to the peak (Day 1) would be far kinder, followed by a long descent down into the gulches (Day 2), and then a short, sharp climb out of the gulches and a long walk home (Day 3).

I'd give this 5/5, except Day 2 was just rude.

backpacking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Unbelievable hike. A serenity and peacefulness that gets lost on 14er trails abounds here. The ascents and descents are no easy task, but the breathtaking views make every second worth it. Spent 3 days backpacking this loop. Probably my favorite hike I've done to date.

backpacking
Monday, June 19, 2017

Backpacked this over the weekend and there was some awesome views, but it definitely kicks your butt. Lots of ups and downs that will give you a solid workout. Didn't run into any snow and plenty of places to fill up on water from the creek.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Wish the trails were better marked.

hiking
27 days ago

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