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Description - The 105,000-acre Lost Creek Wilderness is less than 40 miles southwest of Denver, with several access points. The Wilderness has a wide variety of terrain and vegetation types, from steep, rocky slopes to high mountain meadows and deep canyons. Elevations range from 8,000 feet to 12,431 feet (Bison Peak). Several pack trails exist within the wilderness including a segment of the Colorado Trail.

Recreation - No mechanized or motorized vehicles are permitted within any wilderness boundaries. Recreationists may enjoy backpacking, hiking, horseback riding, ski touring, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Climate - Controlled mainly by the Rocky Mountains, weather in the Lost Creek Wilderness Area varies extremely on a yearly, daily and hourly basis. Colorado's high elevation makes the air thinner and harder to breathe. The elevation also makes it easier to get a sunburn, because there is less air between you and the sun to filter ultraviolet light. Temperatures are affected by elevation, cooling four degrees for every 1,000 feet gained.

Location - Lost Creek Wilderness is located 40 miles southwest of Denver. Most of the wilderness area is located in Park County, with the eastern segment in Jefferson County. The terrain encompasses the Kenosha and Tarryall Mountains. The town of Bailey lies to the north of Lost Creek Wilderness. Buffalo Creek Mountain Bike Area lies to the east as does the South Platte River and Cheesman Lake. Highway 24 from Colorado Springs leads travelers within eight miles of the southern wilderness boundary. Tarryall Creek and Kenosha Pass are two landmarks on the western side of the wilderness area.

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Filed By: Logan Myers (Colorado Springs , CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Conditions as of 10-28-04, mostly clear. There were some patchy ice and snow spots east of the intersection with Brookside-McCurdy, passable with tennis shoes, very windy with winter weather on the way, these conditions may not last long. On the summit log only one other person had been on the summit in the last week and it was Jennifer and Gerry Roach the authors of several of my guidebooks. A very fun and rewarding hike, strenous if you are not prepared for a continuous up-hill.

Filed By: John Berry (Littleton, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Hiked from the Ute Creek TH to Bison Pass, and point 11,962 on 5/18/03. No snow encountered until 11,000 feet and then only in spots until we began ascending towards the point. Enough snow on the steeper section so that we could leave the trail and continue on a nearly continuous, albeit weaving snow climb to the summit. Bison peak had quite a bit more snow still left on it's flanks.

Filed By: Craig (Parker, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Conditions update on West Ridges trail from Ute Creek TH to Bison Peak as of 4/13/03. Trail 99% dry up to 11,000 ft, .2 mls before Bison Pass. Above 10,500 snow more common, but patchy - passable in running shoes. Other hiker reports significant snowpack beyond Bison Pass - used snowshoes all the way to Bison Peak summit.

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Contact Information:
Pike San Isabel National Forests, 1920 Valley Drive , Pueblo, CO, 81008, Phone: 719-545-8737

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