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Date Saturday  4/6/2019
End Date Saturday  4/6/2019
Group Denver
Event Title Lost Creek Wilderness - Payne Creek
Start Time 7:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Linda Lawson
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants Full- Join Waitlist
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate B
Trail Mileage 8
Elevation Gain
Driving Distance 80


Meeting Location:  PNR Hampden & Wadsworth

Meeting Time:  7:00 am

For more info Contact

Lawson 303/842-7040


General Notes:


Group will travel 4 miles in, find lunch location and return to TH.

Leaving the trailhead near Bailey, the Payne Creek Trail and the Brookside-McCurdy Trail rise gently and soon reach a trail junction at the foot of a large private meadow. Here the two trails diverge, with the Payne Creek Trail bearing left and the Brookside-McCurdy Trail bearing right. The trail crosses a small drainage and then rises gradually along the west side of Payne Gulch, crossing the wilderness boundary. The next stretch from the Payne Creek crossing to the high point is fairly steep as the trail climbs up an old logging road. This climb puts hikers into a pleasant aspen grove, which is a great place to take a break. The trail now begins to descend into the Craig Creek drainage. In the large open meadow along Craig Creek, the trail first runs down the north side of the creek, then crosses to the south. The trail then continues in a southeasterly direction until you reach the Bluestem Draw flowing north into Craig Creek. Shortly thereafter, the trail crosses another unnamed drainage flowing north into Craig Creek and begins to climb out of the Craig Creek drainage to meet the Colorado Trail.


Leader will send two-day advance e-mail of trail conditions, weather, etc.


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.