Assuming road conditions enable you to reach the high point of Lost Park road by vehicle, this route is pleasant in its brevity and simplicity. Short mileage and minimal elevation gain mean this route couples nicely with ascents or other peaks, or makes for a great one-peak option when time, energy or conditions limit what can be accomplished. This route includes strolling between sparse trees in meadows and bushwhacking through typical Tarryall timber. A few easy clambering moves on granite are required to reach the highpoint. Before attempting this short outing, be comfortable navigating trail-less terrain through sometimes dense timber with no line of sight.
Net Elevation Gain:
From Hwy 285
• From Hwy 285 south of Kenosah Pass, take Rt 56 Lost Park Road eastbound. (The road heads due east through private lands to the Forest Service Boundary.)
• You will be on this road for approximately 14 miles.
• Follow this road until it crests at approximately 10,760 feet northeast of North Tarryall Peak.
From Park County 77
• From Park County 77, head north on Rt 39.
• Follow Rt. 39 to “T” intersection with FR 56 (Lost Park Road) and turn right/east.
• Follow FR 56 to the road crest (“Lost Pass”) at 10,760 feet.
• Leave the parking area and strike out due west across gentle terrain.
• The incline steepens as you get further from the parking area.
• Reach a plateau area and begin trending northwest.
• Elect to either ascend over or side-hill around and outcrop about 1 mile into the hike.
• Descend slightly then ascend rocky point 11391 for a view of your destination.
• Continue northwest toward UN 11395, sticking mostly to the ridge-crest, across rocky terrain with trees.
• Enjoy fine views on the northwest end of the summit outcrop.
Enjoy fine views from the summit
In addition to standard hiking gear appropriate for the season, I recommend long pants for the bushwhacking. Bring and be familiar with the use of a GPS, good map, and compass.