Brookside-McCurdy Trail

Bailey, Colorado

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The Brookside-McCurdy Trail is the major north-south trail into the center of the Lost Creek Wilderness in Pike National Forest. The trail extends for nearly 36 miles and reaches an elevation of 11,880 feet. The hike described here starts in Pike National Forest and enters the Lost Creek Wilderness. The trail follows the creek into a deciduous and conifer forest and rises moderately as it heads south into the wilderness area. At higher elevations, vistas open up to the west and small meadows offer pleasant rest and lunch opportunities. Wilderness regulations apply once you cross the boundary, so leash your pet.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado

by Ania Savage (The Mountaineers Books)

The Brookside-McCurdy Trail is the major north-south trail into the center of the Lost Creek Wilderness in Pike National Forest. The trail extends for nearly 36 miles and reaches an elevation of 11,880 feet. The hike described here starts in Pike National Forest and enters the Lost Creek Wilderness. The trail follows the creek into a deciduous and conifer forest and rises moderately as it heads south into the wilderness area.

At higher elevations, vistas open up to the west and small meadows offer pleasant rest and lunch opportunities. Wilderness regulations apply once you cross the boundary, so leash your pet.

©  Ania Savage/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bailey
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 2,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Best Mat to October
Trailhead Elevation: 8,000 feet
Top Elevation: 10,200 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Pike National Forest, South Park Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Shawnee; Trails Illustrated Tarryall Mountains, Kenosha Pass
Topo Map: Brookside-McCurdy Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

5/27/2012

Great moderate hike. We got directions off a different internet source and had no trouble finding the trail head. The trail was very quiet (even for a holiday weekend) and only saw another hiker every 20-30 minutes. We didn't complete the hike, my dog is getting a little old! We did about 4-5 miles total. The terrain is beautiful, some nice views. Aspens through certain parts. Most of the hike is a mild incline.

8/1/2009

My wife and I took a 2-day backpack on this trail, starting at the Lost Park Campground to just below Bison Peak (perhaps 5-6 miles.) The trail climbs gradually to its junction with the Ute Trail at Bison Pass. There are nice meadow views along the way. Water on the trail gives out at Bison Pass where the trail then climbs rather steeply to the ridge near the peak. The reward is a marvelous 360 degree view of the surrounding Colorado mountains, one of our favorite all-time perspectives. The ridge also provides smaller versions of "Garden of the Gods" formations. We saw more elk (5) than people (4) on the trail, so traffic is not always high. A nice, worthwhile hike.

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