This segment of the Colorado Trail extends 17 miles from Rolling Creek Trailhead through the Lost Creek Wilderness to Long Gulch Trailhead. The route is considered more difficult due to the lengthy climb, 6.5 miles, through most of the wilderness area. Mechanized and motorized vehicles are not permitted in any wilderness area. This segment of the Colorado Trail is open to foot and horse travel only.
The Rolling Creek Trailhead is located at 8,350'. From the trailhead the Colorado Trail follows a road that is gated to motorized traffic. The trail leaves this road shortly after Rolling Creek Trail forks to the left. For most of the trek through the Lost Creek Wilderness the Colorado Trail follows an old logging road that is very distinct. It leaves and rejoins this road to avoid wet ground. Eventually the trail climbs to 10,610'. After this high point the trail begins to descend into the North Fork Lost Creek drainage. Approximately 2 miles from the high point the trail passes the North Fork Trailhead. This access point may be reached from North Fork Road, 134, via Lost Park Road, 56. At this point the Brookside McCurdy Trail joins the Colorado Trail and they follow the same route for roughly 2.5 miles. When the two split the Colorado Trail follows the creek bed. The Colorado Trail leaves the creek about 2 miles before the Long Gulch Trailhead.
Directions: From Jefferson, Long Gulch Trailhead Access: Travel north on Highway 285 approximately 1 mile to Lost Park Road (Forest Road 56). Turn right on to Lost Park Road and travel approximately 11 miles to Long Gulch Trailhead.
Elevation: 8,350 feet
Ending Elevation: 10,016 feet
Elevation Gain: 2,280 feet
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