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Andy Chasse'
(AndyC)

Locale: The Front Range
24: Lost Creek Wilderness on 05/18/2013 15:32:31 MDT Print View

Having just recently moved to Colorado, I've been (im)patiently waiting for the snow to melt so I could get out for a trip. This weekend I finally had my chance!

I briefly experienced the area last year on the Colorado Trail, but it stays on the north side of the wilderness. I wanted to see something new.

The route: Goose Creek -> McCurdy Park -> Brookside-McCurdy -> Hankins Pass

Driving in, I see more of the Hayman Burn. A series of signs reads: "Look how the forest that you so admire goes up in smoke with a single fire."
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Goose Creek TH
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Faces in the rocks.
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I wasn't sure Flurry would make it across this one, but she's a little athlete.
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Happy prior to the climb to McCurdy Park.
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Camp @ McCurdy Park
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Chilly Flurry.
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Postholing through McCurdy Park.
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View coming down Brookside-McCurdy
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Looking out from near Hankins Pass.
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Most of the Hankins Pass trail resembled more of a stream than a trail.
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One of many water crossings.
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Passed out on the way home.
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Overall, an enjoyable trip. I need to learn to make myself eat and drink more often though. Pack weight just under 11lbs. Mileage around 25? Not exactly sure.

Edited by AndyC on 05/18/2013 15:50:45 MDT.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: 24: Lost Creek Wilderness on 05/18/2013 15:53:17 MDT Print View

Nice pics, I love rocky terrain like that. Your dog is beautiful.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: 24: Lost Creek Wilderness on 05/18/2013 16:05:05 MDT Print View

Nice little outing Andy. Good to see Flurry still at your side going strong.

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - M

Locale: NW Montana
Re: Re: 24: Lost Creek Wilderness on 05/18/2013 17:45:46 MDT Print View

Great trip. Lovely dog (what kind?). Unfortunately, I don't bring my dog on the trail because of the bears up here. Otherwise, she'd be with me all the time.

I am finding that 24s are great ways to deal with stress and busy schedules. I still love longer trips, but these are great ways to stay refueled when time is tight.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
24: Lost Creek Wilderness on 05/18/2013 19:44:35 MDT Print View

Great trip report, Andy. Thanks for sharing.

Andy Chasse'
(AndyC)

Locale: The Front Range
Thanks! on 05/19/2013 07:58:10 MDT Print View

Thanks guys! I got her from a Border Collie rescue, but I'm thinking she has something else in her as well. She loves to hike and goes on all of my trips.

As for 24s, I completely agree! That's what most of my trips are, or close to it at least. I have 3 day weekends now, but find that I really just enjoy the simplicity and minimal preparation of a 24 hour trip.

HK Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Re: 24: Lost Creek Wilderness on 05/19/2013 12:17:58 MDT Print View

Andy, Great pics, .. even the burned area is kind of scenic.

Randy Nelson
(rlnunix) - F - M

Locale: Rockies
LCW on 05/20/2013 14:51:53 MDT Print View

Welcome to Colorado Andy!

"Driving in, I see more of the Hayman Burn. A series of signs reads: "Look how the forest that you so admire goes up in smoke with a single fire.""

You'll have to learn your burn areas now that you are here. :) The signs are in the Buffalo Creek burn area but that is the Hayman burn area at the TH.

"Happy prior to the climb to McCurdy Park."

This was my favorite part. I remember going up ii the first time and being really tired and thinking: "If only I had a hammock, I could just camp right here". :)

That is a beautiful area and even great pics just don't do it justice.

Edited by rlnunix on 05/20/2013 14:59:06 MDT.