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West Lost Trail Creek

Difficulty: Intermediate to Expert

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General Description

Good camping places are not uncommon along this trail. Beautiful views of Pole Mountain and vast panoramic views are possible once a hiker begins approaching the Continental Divide. This trail provides the shortest access to Cataract Lake from the Rio Grande River drainage. With a watchful eye, one can sometimes see bighorn sheep along the rugged ridges of Pole Mountain.

Good fishing is possible in the lower 4.0 miles of West Lost Trail Creek. Cattle graze the lower portions of the West Lost Trail drainage, while domestic sheep can be seen grazing in the areas along the Continental Divide.

The trail begins at the confluence of West Lost Trail Creek and Lost Trail Creek. The trail travels at a gradual climb, paralleling the creek bottom for about 4.0 miles. The trail then enters a rather open patchy stand of spruce timber as it climbs toward the head of the West Lost Trail Creek drainage. A gradual climb of about 1.0 mile in distance brings one to the Continental Divide and access to Cataract Lake.

The trail is well defined until about until about 0.5 mile before reaching the Continental Divide. Rock cairns, trail post markers and stock boundary signs help mark the travel route near the Divide. The junctions with Lost Trail Creek Trail, Cataract Lake Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail toward Pole Creek are not well signed.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Good camping places
ICON Cold Water Fishing Lower 4 miles of West Lost Trail Creek
ICON Horseback Riding Gradual climb
ICON Mountain Biking Gradual climb
ICON ATV Riding Gradual climb
ICON Motorcycle Riding Gradual climb
ICON Viewing Scenery Pole Mountain and vast panoramic views
ICON Viewing Wildlife Bighorn sheep along the rugged ridges of Pole Mountain

Related Activities
Lost Trail Campground - The campground is located 38.2 miles southwest of Creede on Forest Road 520. There are numerous attractions to tempt the camper.

Lost Trail Creek - Excellent views and good fishing are both possible along this trail. Evidence of recent and historic mining activity is visible near Carson Pass on the Continental Divide.

Rio Grande Reservoir - This is a scenic high mountain reservoir with access to wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities. There are five campgrounds, picnic areas, many trails leading from the area and a jeep road with a historical site.

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Visitor Information:

Divide Ranger Station, 13308 West US Highway 160, P.O. Box 40 , Del Norte, CO, 81132, Phone: 719-657-3321, TTY: 719-657-6038


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