Brookside-McCurdy Trail

Bailey, Colorado 80421

Brookside-McCurdy Trail

Brookside-McCurdy Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

Brookside-McCurdy Trail Reviews

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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.
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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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The directions provided were not exact but we eventually found the trailhead. The description of the trial was a little off as well and there were not a lot of trail markings. We hiked hard for 3 hours and never found the small meadow with the views. We were disappointed but it was a really good workout and a beautiful day.

Brookside-McCurdy Trail Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
2,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
6 hours
Best Mat to October
8,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,200 feet
Top Elevation
Pike National Forest, South Park Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Shawnee; Trails Illustrated Tarryall Mountains, Kenosha Pass
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018