Lost Creek Wilderness - West side


Lost Creek Wilderness offers a great variety of recreational opportunities.  There are many miles of trail in or near the wilderness area and all wilderness regulations apply.  Trails in the wilderness area are for foot traffic only and not open to motorized vehicles or bicycles. 

Lost Creek Wilderness is located in Pike National Forest and the trails and campgrounds on the west side are taken care of by the South Park Ranger District.

Lost Park, Spruce Grove, and Twin Eagles Campgrounds are located adjacent to Lost Creek Wilderness on the west side.  Lost Park and Twin Eagles are first come, first served and Spruce Grove can be reserved at Recreation.gov.

Trails and campgrounds on the east side are managed by the South Platte Ranger District.

At a Glance

Fees No fee, however, campground fees apply when staying at nearby developed sites.
Permit Info: There is a mandatory self-issuing permit system in the Mount Evans and Lost Creek Wilderness areas to enable us to better manage visitation. The same type of system is also in place in other Wildernesses. The intent is to use the data obtained through the permit system to more accurately assess the amounts and types of existing Wilderness use. This enables us to better preserve their natural condition for future generations, balanced against the pressures of growing populations and increased use. These permits have no quotas associated with them nor are there any fees required to obtain them. They are available free at each trailhead. As you enter the Wilderness, fill out the provided permit and deposit the stub in the slot in the lower front of the register box. Keep the permit in your possession and please follow the Wilderness regulations found on the back.
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply The following are prohibited in the widerness area: 1.  Having more than 15 persons and/or 10 saddle, pack, or draft animals accompanying any one party. 2.  Possessing dogs, unless under physical restraint of a leash, except for working stock dogs, or dogs being used for legal hunting purposes. 3.  Camping within one hundred (100) feet of lakes, streams, and forest development trails. 4.  Building, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire or stove fire within one hundred (100) feet of lakes, streams and forest development trails. 5.  Hitching, hobbling, or tethering any pack or saddle animal within one hundred (100) feet of lakes, streams, and forest development trails. 6.  Possessing, storing, or transporting unprocessed plant material such as hay, straw, or other unprocessed livestock feed for bedding, feeding, or other uses. 7.  Possessing or using a bicycle, wagon, cart, or other vehicle.  Wheelchairs designed solely for and used by mobility-impaired persons for locomotion and which are suitable for indoor pedestrian use, are exempt from this regulation. 8. Short-cutting a switchback on a forest development trail.
Closest Towns: Jefferson is at the northern end and Lake George is at the southern end of Lost Creek Wilderness.
Water: At developed campgrounds when the campgrounds are open.
Restroom: At developed campgrounds when the campgrounds are open.
Information Center: South Park Ranger District - (719) 836-2031

General Information


Access to Lost Creek Wilderness can be made a number of ways.  It is recommended that you have a Pike National Forest Map, USGS, and/or National Geographic Trails Illustrated topograhical map for detailed information about getting into, being in, and getting out of the wilderness area.



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