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Backpacking: Colorado > White River National Forest > Blanco Ranger District

Quick Facts

Lost Solar Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,000 Feet (2493.8 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 3,000 Feet (935.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,000 Feet (3428.9 Meters)
Length: 8 Miles (13.33 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1828
Usage: Moderate




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General Description

The Lost Solar Trail begins five miles up the South Fork Trail. The trail climbs quickly out of South Fork Canyon into the Lost Solar Creek drainage. After fording Lost Solar Creek, the trail follows the narrow valley for several miles, crossing several small streams before rising out of the creek bottom onto the side hill. The cover along the trail varies between open parks and timber. Seven miles from the South Fork Trail, you enter Lost Solar meadows, a large grassy park. After following the meadow for 1 mile, you finally reach the Oyster Lake Trail.

Directions from Meeker: Lost Solar Trail is located 34 miles east of Meeker. Take State Highway 13 east out of Meeker for one mile; turn right on County Road 8 for 18 miles to the South Fork Road (County Road 10) Turn right for two miles, then jog left 1/4 mile, then right for 10 miles to the South Fork Campground and trailhead. From the trailhead, follow the South Fork Trail 5 miles up South Fork Canyon to the Lost Solar Trail junction.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through November (NOTE: Always open. Beware of severe Winter conditions.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 2000-07-05 18:04:00.0


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Filed By: Claire Poole (denver, CO)
Time of Day: all day
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: not overly steep but a long ways to the Flat Tops. Look for a new trail made by locals (not maintained by Forest Service) from the first broad bend in the trail up to the Oyster Lake trail. It is very steep.
Conditions: Usual Colorado - rocky, continual climb, weather changeable.
Water Availability: Water usually near but not always accessible.
Recommended Clothing: Remember higher UV exposure at upper protions of trail.

Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Deceptively steep trail out of South Fork.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Trailhead facilities: Loading dock, hitch racks and toilet facilities.
ICON Horseback Riding
Yes



Related Activities
Oyster Lake Trail - This 25 mile long trail begins just south of Buford. It intersects numerous other trails and passes many lakes while crossing the Flat Tops Plateau until reaching the Wall Lake Trail above Trappers Lake.

South Fork General Forest Area - The South Fork General Forest area offers accessibility to a wide variety of trails, lakes, campgrounds, fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities within the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest.

South Fork Trail (Blanco Ranger District) - The trail follows the South Fork of the White River for close to 26 miles and is almost completely within the Flat Tops Wilderness. It links to several other trails in the area.



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