Lake Park Trail

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Lake Park Trail #639

The Lake Park Trail #639 accesses the high country west of Goose Creek. From the top of Hankins Pass it winds up through formations of red Pikes Peak granite and offers long views to the south and west. Lake Park itself a small open park at almost 11,000′ surrounded by granite formations and the snags of a ghost forest from a fire long ago. This is also a great area for viewing alpine columbine, a high-altitude miniature of the state flower. The trail is often hiked as a part of a larger loop hike incorporating the Hankins Pass, Brookside-McCurdy, McCurdy Park, and Goose Creek Trails. Because the trail is entirely in designated wilderness, Wilderness regulations apply.

Operational Hours: Although open year-round, access during the winter may be limited due to snow.
Permit Info: The Forest Service is implementing a mandatory self-issuing permit system in the Mount Evans and Lost Creek Wildernesses to enable us to better manage these heavily visited Wildernesses. The same type of system is already in place in other Wildernesses. The intent is to use the data obtained through this permit system to more accurately assess the amounts and types of existing Wilderness use. This will enable us to better preserve their natural condition for future generations, balanced against the pressures of growing populations and increased use. These permits have no quotas associated with them nor will there be any fees required to obtain them. They will be available free at each trailhead. As you enter the Wilderness, fill out the provided permit and deposit the white paper copy in the slot in the lower front of the register box. Keep the yellow tag in your possession and please follow the Wilderness regulations found on the back.
Open Season: Open year-round
Restrictions: The following regulations / restrictions apply to the Lost Creek Wilderness:

  • No motorized equipment (chainsaws, drills, etc.) or mechanized transportation (bicycles, wagons, etc.)
  • No landing or dropping of supplies by aircraft (including parasails)
  • Groups size is limited to 15 persons and/or 10 pack or saddle animals in any one party.
  • Dogs must be leashed.
  • Camp at least 100 feet from lakes, streams, or trails.
  • Campfires must be at least 100 feet from lakes, streams or trails.
  • Hobble, tie, or tether any pack or saddle animals at least 100 feet from lakes, streams or trails.
  • All livestock feed must be processed and weed free.
  • Do not cut switchbacks.
  • Pack it in; pack it out.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Water: No
Restroom: No
Information Center: Appears on the following maps:

  • Pike National Forest
  • USGS Quad Green Mountain
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #135 (Deckers / Rampart Range)
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #105 (Tarryall Mountains / Kenosha Pass)

Contact the South Platte Ranger District at 303.275.5610 for more information.


This trail is open year round; however, weather may make access difficult especially in the winter and spring months.

General Notes:

This trail has no trailhead. It is reached from either the Hankins Pass Trail or the Brookside-McCurdy Trail.

Connecting Trails:

  • Hankins Pass Trail
  • Brookside McCurdy Trail


  • Trail Measurement: 4.7 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 391103N
  • Compass Longitude: 1052554W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.1841573
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.4316659
  • Elevation in Meters: 3,435
  • Elevation in Feet: 11,270

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