Weekend Backpacker: Denver
Lost Creek Wilderness
c/o South Platte Ranger District
19316 Goddard Ranch Court
Morrison, CO 80465
This interesting wilderness area contains a plethora of short trails that you can configure in many different ways to make an enjoyable day hike or a longer overnight trek. A blend of forested areas, meadows, and creeks provides scenic views, no matter which trails you select.
Recommended hike: From the trailhead at Ute Creek, take the 16-mile Brookside-McCurdy Trail (#607) along the creek. Just as you approach County Highway 64 at the end of the trail, pick up the Payne Creek Trail (#637, 9.5 miles). You can camp here overnight and then head back the next day on the Payne Creek Trail. The Payne Creek Trail will meet the Colorado Trail. Head south on the Colorado Trail and after a few miles you will meet the Brookside-McCurdy Trail again. Follow this back to the trailhead. This is a moderate to difficult hike at an elevation of about 10,000 feet.
Camping: The Lost Park Campground is located about six miles up the Brookside-McCurdy Trail. Dispersed camping is permitted 150 feet away from the trail, nearest campground, residence, or water source. Fires must be in rock rings.
Getting there: Take Highway 285 past Kenosha Pass. At Jefferson turn left at County Road 77, then travel along the Tarryall Reservoir until you see signs for the Ute Creek Trail. Begin your hike on the Ute Creek Trail, and it will join the Brookside-McCurdy after about 1.5 miles.
Permits: There is no charge for disbursed camping. There is a $10 fee for campground sites, plus a $4 parking fee.
Maps: Pike National Forest Map ($4) is available at the park office.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication