Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions

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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions

Postby susanjoypaul » Wed May 08, 2013 7:09 am

A quick FYI for anyone hitting up LCW via Tarryall Road (CR-77): A section of the road is under construction from just south of Tarryall Reservoir and Turner Gulch Road, 9.2 miles south. From April 15th through October 30th, expect up to an hour delay, seven days a week, and from April 15th through May 24th, Tue-Thu, the section is closed completely from 10am to 4pm. Construction will take a break over the Memorial Day weekend, though. This added an hour to my hike a few weeks ago...

On another note: Has anyone been on the Ben Tyler Trail lately? I know it's getting daily - albeit light - snow all week, but how much is already up there? My east approach in that area last month was snow-free, while northern slopes were thigh-deep in the stuff. Anybody been on the trail in the past two weeks?
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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions

Postby macgyver » Wed May 08, 2013 7:49 am

Likewise, has anyone been in the areas around the Goose Creek TH recently? Thx!
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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions

Postby Tjohn67238 » Thu May 09, 2013 9:26 am

A quick FYI for anyone hitting up LCW via Tarryall Road (CR-77): A section of the road is under construction from just south of Tarryall Reservoir and Turner Gulch Road, 9.2 miles south. From April 15th through October 30th, expect up to an hour delay, seven days a week, and from April 15th through May 24th, Tue-Thu, the section is closed completely from 10am to 4pm. Construction will take a break over the Memorial Day weekend, though. This added an hour to my hike a few weeks ago...


Thanks, I made a note of this as I'll be heading up that way this summer.
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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions

Postby BenfromtheEast » Thu May 09, 2013 9:31 am

macgyver wrote:Likewise, has anyone been in the areas around the Goose Creek TH recently? Thx!

Yes, on Saturday, 5/4: Hankins Pass Trail to Hankins Pass, north to Lake Park, and close to Point 11758. There were plenty of spots with 2-3' of snow. Microspikes and gaitors would be very useful. You might even throw on snowshoes if you brought them. We lost the trail near 11758 and turned around, aborting the day hike attempt of that loop.
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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions

Postby Jim Davies » Thu May 09, 2013 10:05 am

Here is a page with details on the Tarryall Road construction:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/psicc/news-events/?cid=STELPRDB5415503
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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions

Postby macgyver » Fri May 10, 2013 10:52 am

BenfromtheEast wrote:
macgyver wrote:Likewise, has anyone been in the areas around the Goose Creek TH recently? Thx!

Yes, on Saturday, 5/4: Hankins Pass Trail to Hankins Pass, north to Lake Park, and close to Point 11758. There were plenty of spots with 2-3' of snow. Microspikes and gaitors would be very useful. You might even throw on snowshoes if you brought them. We lost the trail near 11758 and turned around, aborting the day hike attempt of that loop.



Great, thank you!
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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions

Postby leftyslugger » Mon May 20, 2013 8:09 am

Thinking of heading to LCW on Goose Creek Trail Wednesday for a quick overnight. Anyone been up there in the last 10 days? Conditions? Planning on staying low...just camping/fishing, no peak climb. Also, does anyone know the best place to get good directions to this TH? I'm coming from Aurora, but have never been down that way.

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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions

Postby Chris[07] » Mon May 20, 2013 9:06 am

I'm also curious about conditions as I'm planning to attempt the Goose Creek Loop over Memorial Day weekend but not sure how much snow we'll encounter (not bringing snow shoes). Hoping for just patchy snow at higher elevations like the north side of Tarryal Peak.

Thoughts on feasibility of the loop right now? Anyone make it up that way this past weekend?

Lefty - I've always taken this route from the Denver area.

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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions

Postby macgyver » Mon May 20, 2013 9:12 am

I was there this past weekend. Snow free all over from what I saw, creeks are flowing very well.
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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions

Postby leftyslugger » Mon May 20, 2013 9:18 am

Thanks for the info!
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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions

Postby neodata686 » Mon May 20, 2013 11:33 am

Hey guys! First post. I've never been to the LCW area and wanted to inquire about possible loops. I've got a group of three people doing a two nighter over memorial day weekend. We still haven't decided which route we want to take. I'm getting differing opinions from multiple reviews.

Essentially we have the two primary loops:

http://cache.backpackinglight.com/backpackinglight/user_uploads/1242541794_13017.jpg

Lower loop:

http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=8128

Upper loop:

http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/433758

What does everyone recommend? I've read from a few reviewers that the ridge line between McCurdy and Bison peak should not be missed as it displays some of the best scenery in the area. We're trying to shoot for 26-28 miles and we don't have time for the entire ~36 mile loop. Would we be missing anything if we just do the upper loop? (from Lost Park trailhead instead of the Goose Creek trailhead loop). Or are there parts of the lower section we should definitely try to hit? Also how abundant are water sources? I'd like to know beforehand where we can count on water to be.

Thanks so much!
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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions

Postby randalmartin » Mon May 20, 2013 12:29 pm

I did the lower loop clockwise from Goose Creek TH in 2011. Water availability on the western half of that trail wasn't the best and that was over a Memorial weekend. So my main advice if you did that would be to carry 2-3 liters a person before you head into that section. I haven't done the upper loop so can't compare. I found the dead fall referred to in the trip report you referenced to mostly have been a non issue. Here pictures I took along that route in 2011 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1722386462083.2086715.1310985357&l=061bc91d6c

Let me know if you need a gpx file.

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