Lost Forty Trail

Alvwood, Minnesota

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A short hike through an old-growth forest of big pines, with a spur to Moose Brook. Driving to this spot, it is hard to believe that a stand of old-growth trees awaits you. All that is noticeable along the road are miles of scraggly, black spruce swamps and lakes. Maybe it’s understandable that back in 1882 the only thing the surveying team mapped out was a large lake at the site of the Lost Forty. They extended an already surveyed lake, named Coddington Lake, 0.5 mile to the northwest, thereby putting a good chunk of forested land underwater, at least on the map. By doing this they also kept a sizeable tract of virgin pines hidden from the logging companies. Their mistake is our gain of the Lost Forty. For hikers, it provides a beautiful stand of trees and a previously unsurveyed lake—Dishpan Lake. At the trailhead is a copy of the original plat showing the mistake as well as the correction. The area recovered from the mapping error is actually 144 acres. I guess Lost 144 does not have the same ring to it. Special attractions: Big old-growth red and white pines.
Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)

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Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)

by John Pukite (Falcon Guides)

A short hike through an old-growth forest of big pines, with a spur to Moose Brook. Driving to this spot, it is hard to believe that a stand of old-growth trees awaits you. All that is noticeable along the road are miles of scraggly, black spruce swamps and lakes.

Maybe it’s understandable that back in 1882 the only thing the surveying team mapped out was a large lake at the site of the Lost Forty. They extended an already surveyed lake, named Coddington Lake, 0.5 mile to the northwest, thereby putting a good chunk of forested land underwater, at least on the map. By doing this they also kept a sizeable tract of virgin pines hidden from the logging companies. Their mistake is our gain of the Lost Forty. For hikers, it provides a beautiful stand of trees and a previously unsurveyed lake—Dishpan Lake. At the trailhead is a copy of the original plat showing the mistake as well as the correction. The area recovered from the mapping error is actually 144 acres. I guess Lost 144 does not have the same ring to it. Special attractions: Big old-growth red and white pines.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Alvwood
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Local Contacts: Blackduck Ranger District, Chippewa National Forest, 218-335-2283
Local Maps: Interpretive trail map from Chippewa National Forest; USGS quad: Coddington Lake.
Driving Directions: Directions to Lost Forty Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/18/2007
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Lost 40 is a Scientific and Natural Area with a trail extending north from the parking area to Moose Brook and back. The trail follows an esker for the most part. Lost 40 escaped logging due to a survey error.



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