Wigwam Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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5-7h
Distance
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17.7 km
Elevation
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719 m
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Directions to Trailhead

Hike from one end of the Lost Creek Wilderness to the other on the Wigwam Trail. This trail is an epic backpacking excursion or an even better day hike. We don’t know about you, but one-way trails might just be our favorite type of adventure because the scenery is new every step of the way! Hike the Wigwam trail and experience the diverse terrain that the Colorado wilderness has to offer.

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Route Description for Wigwam Trail

As you can tell, we love a good point to point adventure. The Wigwam Trail is an incredibly scenic hike through meadowlands, across rivers, under tree coverage and over rocky terrain in the Lost Creek Wilderness. This route is a popular overnight backpacking destination, but we prefer to complete this trail in one day. Remember to leave a vehicle at the end point or have someone come pick you up, because figuring out transportation is the last thing you want to do after a tiring adventure. Leave a vehicle at the end point and hike one-way. Additionally, wear layers as the ever-changing terrain of this hike means ever-changing weather.

After dropping off a vehicle at the end point, depart on your adventure across the Lost Creek Wilderness from the Wigwam Trailhead. Follow the Wigwam Trail northwest along the Wigwam Creek. The path will guide you through the woodlands and you will eventually meet Wigwam Park Creek. At this intersection, stay straight on Wigwam Trail. Hike along the creek and past the several dispersed campsites. At the next junction, stay straight on Wigwam Trail and you will begin to ascend a rocky ridge. Navigate the switchbacks and the route will deliver you to a vast meadow. Hike the exposed path along East Long Park.

At this point you are near the end of the route. Travel along Lost Creek and back under tree coverage. Soon you will meet the Lost Creek Campground, this is the adventure’s end.

Getting to the Wigwam Trail Trailhead

The Wigwam Trailhead is off Forest Road 545.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Several Dispersed Campsites Along the Trail

  • When to do

    April-November

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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