June 08, 2018 Slideshows » Columns

Road trip hike: Long loop in the Lost Creek Wilderness 

Share on Facebook
Tweet
Submit to Reddit
Email
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, LCW is the nearest designated wilderness area to Colorado Springs. The area is rugged and the hiking there can be difficult, but it's also secluded, pristine and quiet, and the Kenosha and Tarryall Mountains within its borders offer stunning views.

This hike makes a long loop in the LCW, incorporating the Brookside-McCurdy, Lake Park and Hankins Pass Trails. But I've written about other options in the area before:
[content-1]
[content-2] [content-3] 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.

Happy trails!
OF 14
PREV NEXT
Bob Falcone
Parking is near this bridge that crosses the Tarryall Creek. I started measuring the mileage from this point.
Bob Falcone
This sign is on the opposite side of the bridge. Turn left here and follow the obvious Brookside-McCurdy trail (Trail 607).
Bob Falcone
At about .4 miles, there is a "Y" in the trail. Bear left and follow trail 607.
Bob Falcone
The trail meanders over some gently rolling hills, and at about 2 miles goes through a dense aspen grove. At approximately 2.1 miles there is another "Y" in the trail. Keep left.
Bob Falcone
Follow trail 607 towards McCurdy Park. The trail continues through an aspen grove. The trail then starts uphill.
Bob Falcone
At about 3 miles, the trail continues up a series of steep switchbacks. A short distance later it enters the Lost Creek Wilderness, getting steeper and more difficult from there with a lot of switchbacks.
Bob Falcone
As you relentlessly climb, take heart that the views from the trail are very nice.
Bob Falcone
At about 4.85 miles, trail 607 meets Lake Park Trail 639. Turn right onto 639 and continue uphill. After a series of steep sections and switchbacks, the trail crests a ridge at about 5.6 miles. From here, the trail drops down through some steep switchbacks to Lake Park.
Bob Falcone
At a little under 6.25 miles, the trail (center) cuts through part of Lake Park, a broad, expansive dry lake bed.
Bob Falcone
The trail makes a short, easy climb out of Lake Park before continuing a general descent for the rest of the hike.
Bob Falcone
At a little under 9.25 miles, the Lake Park trail meets Hankins Pass Trail 630. Turn right (downhill, to the west). There may be some wet areas a short distance away, along with some downed trees across the trail, but getting around them isn't hard.
Bob Falcone
At about 10.75 miles, the Hankins Pass Trail meets with Brookside-McCurdy Trail 607. Continue downhill.
Bob Falcone
At 11.5 miles turn left to return to the Twin Eagles Trailhead. Total distance is about 13.5 miles.
Bob Falcone
Topo map of the hike. The loop was done clockwise.
More slideshows
Sean Cayton11 images
Sean Cayton14 images
6/14
Bob Falcone
At about 3 miles, the trail continues up a series of steep switchbacks. A short distance later it enters the Lost Creek Wilderness, getting steeper and more difficult from there with a lot of switchbacks.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

All content © Copyright 2018, The Colorado Springs Independent

Website powered by Foundation