Lost Park Road

Jefferson, Colorado (Park County)

Last Updated: 06/15/2021
3.5 / 5 ( 11 reviews )
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Status:
Open
Typically Open: 06/15 - 03/01
Length: 19.41 miles
Highest Elevation: 10613 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Jefferson
Nearest Town w/ Services: Bailey
Official Road Name: CR 56
Management Agency: Pikes National Forest
District: South Park Ranger District

Highlights

Highlight: Lost Park Road
Lost Park Road is a gorgeous drive that follows the Lost Creek upstream taking you through several valleys and along the border of the Lost Creek Wilderness. It offers several different access points to the Colorado Trail, other hiking trails, and a network of more challenging 4x4 trails. Only an hour drive from Denver and open year-round, this trail is perfect for a day trip to see some great fall colors, viewing wildlife, snow wheeling, hunting, or a secluded weekend camping trip with endless areas to explore.

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Waypoints

1. Entrance Lost Park Road (0 mi)
Entrance to Lost Park Road off of Highway 285.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Bailey, CO

From Bailey Colorado take Highway 285 west for 21.7 miles and the trailhead will be on the left. From Colorado Springs take US-24 W/W Highway 24 for 38 miles then merge rIght onto Tarryall Road/CR 77. Continue on Tarryall Road for 41.4 miles into the town of Jefferson. Turn right onto Highway 285 and continue for 1.2 miles and the trailhead will be on the right. For further direction here is a link to Google Maps.

Camping

Dispersed

Land Use Issues

This area is part of Pike-San Isabel National Forest, and as such is part of the 2011 Lawsuit where a coalition of conservation and recreation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service over what they say is the illegal addition of 500 miles of motorized roads and trails. A settlement was reached in late 2015 which requires the U.S. Forest Service to re-evaluate the roads and create a new Travel Management Plan (TMP). Over the next year, some roads may be partially or completely closed while this evaluation proceeds. The TMP process is scheduled over the next 5 years. It is imperative that the OHV-user community voices their interests on this issue. If we do nothing, those 500 miles may be shut down. Contact the local Ranger District at (719) 836-2031 and let them know why the area is important to you as an OHV enthusiast.

Trail Reviews (22)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Thinking of driving up here this weekend. By chance has anyone been up this winter and/or could tell me if the seasonal gate is open? Thanks!
–Patrick R (12/17/2019)
–Bradley & Rhea Mikkelson (12/18/2019)

Writer Information

Bradley & Rhea Mikkelson

Mapping Crew - Colorado and South Dakota

Bradley and Rhea are currently living in the quaint little town of Fairburn, South Dakota with their two daughters, Riley and Dakota, and their dog Nyx. Bradley was raised in Northern Colorado, while Rhea was raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Growing up in these environments, the mountains are where they like to spend their free time. Since meeting in July 2011, they have been fishing, camping, and wheeling together ever since. For the Mikkelson family, owning a Jeep is essential to the mountaineering lifestyle. They currently have three Jeeps, a built 1995 Jeep Cherokee, A mildly built 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a bone-stock 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. As a volunteer wildland firefighter, TrailsOffroad mapping crew and avid nature lovers, the Mikkelson's strongly encourage responsible trail usage, respect for our forests, always stay the trail, pack out what you pack in, and enjoy the adventure!
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