Wigwam Park

Fairplay, Colorado 80456

Wigwam Park

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"Spanning the Kenosha and Tarryall mountains, the 120,000-acre Lost Creek Wilderness Area encompasses an interesting mix of forests, open meadows, creek bottoms, and alpine ridges.

Because of its size and the fact that no 14,000-foot peaks are found within its boundaries, this wilderness offers a considerable amount of solitude throughout. One seldom-used route—the Wigwam Trail—follows the area’s namesake creek east for a couple miles before continuing on to beautiful Wigwam Park, one of several natural parks found within the Lost Creek Wilderness."

Wigwam Park Trip Reports

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9/27/2008
Wigwam trail was a beautiful trail that we took from the Wigwam trailhead at the South side of the Lost Creek Wilderness, about 20 minutes outside of Bailey, CO. It sits just at the edge of the Hayman Fire Reclamation Area, so you get exposure to some fire-damaged forest at first, but within a few hundred yards you hike into undamaged forest with beautiful aspens and cottonwoods. The trailhead is accessible without high vehicle clearance, but there are 2 small creekbeds to cross with a car before reaching the trailhead. The hike is a very gradual climb for the first 1.5 miles, then increases in grade to "moderate" if hiking with a full pack on. There are several very nice campsites along Wigwam creek all the way up the trail. At approximately three miles in, the path plateaus into a very pretty meadow with a string of beaver ponds. The fish are pretty small for fly-fishing, but what they lack in size, they make up for with aggression. We camped at the beaver ponds, but Wigwam Trail can be taken all the way into East Lost Park and to the Lost Park Campground. It also joins up with Goose Creek Trail and Rolling Creek Trail if you want to make a loop. We went as the aspens were turning, and it was amazing. It's a nice moderate-level hike with very pretty scenery.
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6/15/2004
This is a good, relatively easy trail in the Lost Creek Wilderness. I say it's relatively easy because there is very little elevation gain/drop throughout the hike. So, it's not too strenuous. However, because you don't go too high, there is an absence of sweeping, vista views of the surrounding mountains. Instead, you will be treated to brush filled meadows and marshes, and craggy rock outcroppings throughout. In addition, I hear the trout fishing is good along the Lost Creek. However, I did not go fishing, so I can't speak to this...
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Trail Information

Fairplay
Nearby City
13.2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
9 hours
Duration
June to October
Season
9,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,250 feet
Top Elevation
Pike National Forest; Lost Creek Wilderness Area
Local Contacts
USGS Windy Peak, Topaz Mountain
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