Wigwam Creek/Lost Creek Wilderness Climbing
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The Lost Creek Wilderness area is a superb destination for climbing huge domes, buttresses and a few towers made of Pike's Peak granite. Essentially an extension of the South Platte area, Lost Creek Wilderness offers over 100 square miles of rugged wilderness and a lifetime supply of climbing opportunities. Goose Creek is the most popular area with backpackers as well as the namesake of this wilderness. It disapears and reappears no less than seven times on its course to the South Platte and is rumored to be the home of North America's biggest boulder cave. Although the area does receive heavy usage from front range weekend warriors, climbers will have no problems with crowds. With most approaches measured in miles and not minutes, Lost Creek is best suited for multi-day trips. The routes are typical of the South Platte, multi-pitch cracks and friction climbs mostly on big domes. I would recommend tape if you are climbing cracks out here. Two ropes is also a good idea. The camping is fantastic! Great fishing in Goose Creek and tons of wild raspberries in the fall. A few things to remember: 1. This is a wilderness area so leave power drills at home 2. The whole South Platte area is very dry so use extreme caution with camp fires 3. This is a popular area with pond scum that like to break into cars at trailheads so leave your CD collection and radar detector at home (if your fortunate enough to own those things) 4. Lots of fixed gear is very old and unreliable so use good judgement before trusting your life to rusty old button head bolts. This is an amazing part of Colorado so treat it with respect and be a wise wilderness user. ..............................................
This is a huge area with many different trailheads. Generally Lost Creek Wilderness is south of Hwy 285 and west of Hwy 126. The most popular trailheads are reached by turning off Hwy 126 three miles west of Deckers onto FR 211. At this point a good map comes in handy in locating exact trailheads for the different areas of Lost Creek Wilderness. Specific directions will also be found on this site under the "Rock" section. ..............................................................
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