Pike National Forest’s Lost Creek Wilderness is a vast area popular with backpackers, hikers, rock climbers and mountain bikers but don’t think for a minute that the 119,790-acre (485 km2) playground is overrun with people. No way! Just getting there via 19 miles of dirt road off of highway 285 is an scenic adventure.
Once at the end of the road excellent easy-to-hike trails traverse lush meadows making an impromtu scenic day hike very practical from Bailey Lodge. More energetic hikers can create their own way on side trails, up into dozens of box canyons or the many foothills leading up to the higher peaks. The farther you go, the more spectacular it seems to get. However you decide to enjoy it will be a day to remember.
TIP: Wheeled travel into the LCW area may not be possible in winter or spring due to accumulations of snow in tree-shaded areas of the roadway. Bringing XC skis or snowshoes would provide fun recreation if you end up at an vehicle impasse.
Hiking in Lost Creek Wilderness
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