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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > South Platte Ranger District

Quick Facts

Wigwam Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,160 Feet (2543.6 Meters) Trailhead
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,340 Feet (417.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,500 Feet (2961.3 Meters) Wigwam Park
Handicapped Accessible: No
Length, One-way: 3.5 Miles (5.83 Kilometers) 5.6 K
Other Maps: Pike National Forest
Recommended Season: Fall
Trail Number: 609
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Quads: Windy Peak, Cheesman Lake, Green Mountain




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General Description

This trail provides a less-crowded alternative to the Goose Creek Trailhead. The trail accesses the east side of the Lost Creek Wilderness Area by following the Wigwam Creek drainage to an open meadow called Wigwam Park - a distance of 3.5 miles. The meadow has a number of beaver ponds and flat area suitable for camping. In Wigwam Park the trail intersects the north end of the Goose Creek Trail, 612, and the south end of the Rolling Creek Trail, 663. From Wigwam Park the Wigwam Trail continues in a westerly direction for an additional distance of 6.6 miles to the Lost Park Campground. Since the trail lies within a Wilderness Area all bicycles and motorized vehicles are prohibited.

This narrative describes the first 4.2 miles of the Wigwam Trail to the Rolling Creek Trail junction in Wigwam Park. From the parking areas follow the signs a short distance on an old logging road. Near the stream there is sign on your right marking the beginning of the trail. The trail heads generally northwest along Wigwam Creek. The grade is fairly steady ascent of 1,340' in 3.5 miles. The last mile to the park has several short, steep, rocky sections of trail. After 3 miles you will pass a sheer vertical rock wall that comes down to the right edge of the trail. At mile 3.5 you will reach the Goose Creek Trail junction in Wigwam Park. The Wigwam Trail continues west to the north of some beaver ponds. The Rolling Creek Trail junction sign is at mile 4.2. These 2 trail junctions are clearly marked on the Windy Peak Quad Map revised in 1984.

Directions from Bailey: From Bailey drive south on Forest Developed Road 543 a.k.a. Park County Road 68. At the Wellington Lake entrance 543 bears left (east) toward Buffalo Creek - take the right fork instead and continue south across the Wellington Lake Dam. (This southbound road is now Forest Road 560.) Continue 6 more miles to a sign indicating the turnoff to Wigwam Trail. Total distance from Bailey to this turnoff is slightly over 18 miles. At the turnoff turn right (west) and drive 1.3 miles to the parking lots.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Mid-Spring through Late Fall .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Wigwam Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Wigwam Trail
Yes
ICON Animal Identification Wigwam Trail
Yes
ICON Bird Identification Wigwam Trail
Yes
ICON Mushroom Identification Wigwam Trail
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Wigwam Trail
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification Wigwam Trail
Yes
ICON Backpacking Wigwam Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Wigwam Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Wildlife Wigwam Trail
Yes



Related Activities
Goose Creek Trail - This very popular trail provides access to the southeast portion of the Lost Creek Wilderness Area. The Goose Creek Trail offers primitive camping, good fishing and great vistas.

Wigwam Campground - Wigwam Campground is located approximately two and one half miles southwest of the small town of Deckers on Highway 126. This campground consists of ten individual campsites.



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