Peak(s):  UN 10926 - 10,926 feet
UN 11230 - 11,230 feet
Date Posted:  10/02/2012
Date Climbed:   09/29/2012
Author:  Derek
Additional Members:   Brian Thomas, vonmackle
 Fall Scrambles in the Lost Creek Wilderness  

10926 and 11230: A Lost Creek Scramble

Trip Mileage : 13 Miles
Trip Elevation : 2,300'
Trip Time : 8.5 Hours

I'm pretty sure it's no surprise to anyone who knows me or reads my trip reports, but I REALLY like the Lost Creek Wilderness. A lot. It seems that no matter how many amazing experiences and sights I find in the LCW, I keep finding more. This trip was no exception.

As I have done in a number of my previous LCW reports, I have kept details of our route to a minimum, specifically to provide the opportunity of adventure for the next party. I'll let the pictures/captions tell the story. If you would like any additional details, feel free to send a PM.

The Start and Approach

I was able to round up Brian Thomas and Vonmackle (Cameron) for this trip, which ended up being surprisingly easy considering how hard it is sometimes to find partners for 10ers and 11ers. After meeting in Morrison to carpool, we headed to the Lost Park Campground/TH and arrived at 7:30AM. The trailhead is located at the end of Lost Park Road, about 20 miles from the intersection with 285 just south of Kenosha Pass and takes about 1.5 hours to drive to from Denver.

The first 4-4.5 miles is a long, easy trek heading east along the Wigwam Trail. The trail gains no elevation over the distance, and in fact loses close to 200'. One is able to move through this part quickly. We left the trail when we were directly Northwest of 10926, then proceeded to bushwhack directly up towards it. After some huffing and puffing, we reached the true start of the fun.

Morning breaking along the Wigwam Trail.

Bison Peak looming large above us.

The day's goal, ahead in the morning haze. (10926 on left, 11230 on right.)

Following the pleasant, smooth Wigwam Trail.

Wigwam Trail.

Approaching 10926 on the trail in. Photo by Cameron

The Ascent of 10926- Ledges, Caves and Cracks


Northwest cliffs of 10926.

North face weakness on 10926.

Cameron starting up the north face ledges.

Brian and Derek on the ledges. Photo by Cameron

Brian and Cameron exiting from the ledges onto an overlook, Buffalo Peak in the distance.


Cave number one.

Unsuccessful attempt to exit cave number one, Brian watching below.

Cave number two, Derek near the exit. Photo by Cameron

Exit ledge. (Summit ascent option #1)

Derek on the exit ledge. (Summit ascent option #1)Photo by Brian

Exit ledge from above. (Summit ascent option #1)


Headed for "The Crack". (Summit ascent option #2)Photo by Cameron

Exiting "The Crack", Brian watching below. (Summit ascent option #2)

Cameron sucking it in for "The Crack". (Summit ascent option #2)

Teamwork for "The Crack". (Summit ascent option #2)

Summit of 10926, looking towards Lost Park with some old slings left over from previous ascents.

A summit oddity.

A summit view. (Buffalo Peak on right, Windy Peak just out of view on the left.)


The Ascent of 11230- Ridgin' It

After descending 10926, we continued SE to the next peak: 11230. While there are likely simpler ways to ascend this peak, but we decided to stick with the west ridge.

Looking ahead at 11230.

Workin' the cliffs to the base of 11230.

West Ridge of 11230.

Chock stone move. Photo by Cameron

Ascending the chock stone.

Above the chock stone move, looking down.

Brian on the ridge.

Ridge scramble.

Brian on the ridge, 10926 in the background.

Cameron topping on 11230 Photo by Brian

McCurdy Mountain from the summit of 11230.

Windy Peak.

The Descent and Detour to Pt 10973

Carefully descending 11230.

Looking up towards the top of Pt. 10973.

10926 from Pt. 10973.

"Diving Board" rock on the summit of Pt. 10973.

Looking back at Cameron and 11230 from Pt. 10973.

Fall in the LCW. Along the Wigwam Trail.

Trekkin' home.

Most exhilarating moment of the day....catching a trout with my bare hands. Photo by Brian.


Map of the Day

Another fantastic fall day in the Lost Creek Wilderness.

 Comments or Questions

10/02/2012 22:18
Great report as always, Derek!


Great Hike
10/02/2012 23:13
Definitely worth repeating. Are you sure 10926 is only a 10er? It seemed a lot more difficult than Bross.

Brian Thomas

Your pictures
10/03/2012 00:21
really capture the way the autumn sunshine reflects off my bald spot, maybe it's time to start shaving my head again!

But seriously, thanks for putting together an excellent day in the LCW and for writing this one up. LCW Gathering III is only 4 months away!


Amazing rock down there!
10/03/2012 02:53
My visit to LCW this summer was as super as expected. That's an amazing area! Great report on some more of it! Enjoyed your excellent photos showcasing it at it's best!! Thanks for posting!


good lookin rock
10/03/2012 02:57
man that area looks awesome. Way to get it guys!


A commercial for...
10/03/2012 03:58
...the LCW and the 10ers and 11ers therein.
Great stuff, Derek and crew.


So this is what...
10/03/2012 15:06
...I have to look forward to now that I'm no longer terrorized by the list. Looks mighty fine and fun! Good report!

Kevin Baker

10/03/2012 19:01
Very nice shots, Derek! I must say that 10926 is right up there with The Castle as one of my favorite LCW summits to date. It is shall we say ”interesting” with snow. It is an unusual summit to figure out for sure with that cave! Looks like a very cool crack route alternative you found! I'll have to go back some day and explore that.


Great pictures!
01/29/2013 02:46
I hiked 11,423 last summer, and 10,926 really catches your eye from the Lost Park TH.


05/04/2014 04:29
this place looks really cool. Having now hiked, climbed, and camped in this area, these peaks look attractive and inviting.

Thanks for the write up and pics!

Shall we have another February camp and climb?

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