The Lost Creek Wilderness, a section of land carved out of the Pike National Forest, is a treasure trove of hiking and camping opportunities. Off limits to all modes of travel except for horses and your own two feet, it is the nearest designated wilderness area to Colorado Springs. Lost Creek is rugged and the hiking there can be difficult, but it's also secluded, pristine, quiet, and the Kenosha and Tarryall Mountains that are within it's borders offer stunning views.
I've touched on a number of other hikes in the LCW area before:
But for this long loop hike I incorporated the Brookside-McCurdy, Lake Park and Hankins Pass Trails. At about 13.5 miles and with steep ups and downs, it's not easy. If you don't want to tackle it all in one long hike, you can do it as an overnight backpacking trip and camp out somewhere along the way.
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To get there: From 31st St in Colorado Springs, take US 24 west for about 34.5 miles to Park County Road 77, just west of Lake George. Take CR 77 17 miles north to the Twin Eagles Campground and park and at the trailhead parking lot at the bottom of the hill, next to the river.