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Wigwam Trail, Colorado
Wigwam Trail, Colorado

Wigwam Trail

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This east-west trail bisects the midsection of Lost Creek Wilderness, meandering past innumerable beaver ponds and through pleasant valleys for 11 miles. Day hikers can enjoy a portion of it, though most who visit here are backpackers on longer trips into this superb Front Range wilderness. If beginning on the east side, hikers climb for three miles to Wigwam Park, where they can pitch a camp or pick up the Goose Creek (No. 612) or Rolling Creek (No. 663) trails. The Wigwam Trail continues for eight more miles, much of that in scenic meadows lined with massive granite formations, and drops into Lost Park, where hikers can exit at the Lost Park Trailhead and campground or continue on a longer excursion into the Lost Creek Wilderness.

In Colorado, we always think of jagged peaks and high mountain lakes. Well, Wigwam Park offers a different kind of quiet beauty. Beaver ponds, many still active, fill the valley floor. Green mountains and dramatic granite cliffs form the mountain backdrop. On Memorial Day 2016 I camped here, after years of just passing through, when one of our party felt ill and we called it an early day. It was a lovely, quiet experience, not quite quintessential Colorado but not quite ordinary either.

Pro Tips

  • This trail offers only a taste of Lost Creek Wilderness. If you have the time, a great loop can be done by combing the Goose Creek, McCurdy Park, and Brookside McCurdy trails for an epic three- or four-day wilderness adventure. There’s a water crossing in Wigwam Park to the Goose Creek Trail, so bring sandals or water shoes.
  • Lost Creek Wilderness melts out sooner than many other places in Colorado, making this a great early-season hike.
  • The trail is entirely in wilderness, so only foot and horse travel are permitted and dogs must stay on-leash.

Recommended season(s): Spring to fall.

R. Scott Rappold

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