seeitallbeforeidie wrote:Since there's so much new snow up high, I'm going to do a 2-3 day backpacking trip in the Lost Creek Wilderness. I'm going to do the Goose Creek, Mc Curdy, Lake Park, Hankins Pass Loop. I've never been there before. I'm not fit, but I like pain. Can I do the loop (23-25 miles) in 2 days?
I did this loop (clockwise) with a group a few years ago over a weekend. We hiked in a few miles Friday evening (camping below Hankins Pass), camped the second night near where the route reaches Lost Creek (we wanted to go for Refrigerator Gulch but couldn't make it that far before the storms came in), then out from there on Sunday. It was a fairly strenuous trip from my perspective, but the scenery is awesome. There was more elevation gain/loss than I expected, especially on the third day when we were parallelling Lost Creek; the trail was continually going over ridges, it seemed. We saw almost nobody for the first two days, then it got almost crowded in the last few miles before the end (between the trailhead and the shafthouse turnoff).