North Fork of Lost Trail

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Location:
Colorado, United States, North America
Route Type:
Hiking
Season:
Summer
Time Required:
Half a day

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North Fork of Lost Trail
Created On: Jul 28, 2018
Last Edited On: Jul 28, 2018


Overview

Unnamed Peak 12670 ft (Cats Eye Peak) rises in the Elk Mountains of Colorado near the town of Marble. A trail goes to the 12240 ft saddle to west of the summit of Cats Eye Peak. This trail can be reached from the south starting at Silver Creek Trailhead or North Fork of Lost Creek Trailhead. It can also be reached from the north via multi-day hiking starting at various trailheads.

The route described here via North Fork of Lost Creek Trailhead is longer and has more of a vertical gain than Silver Creek Trailhead but it requires much less four wheel driving. I was able to reach the trailhead in a front wheel drive high clearance vehicle (in dry conditions).



Getting There

Although I was able to reach the trailhead in a front wheel drive high clearance vehicle, the road is officially four wheel drive. Use your judgement. From Beaver Lake at the east end of the town of Marble drive 2.5 miles east on Lead King Basin Road. There is enough space for 2 or so cars to park just before crossing North Fork of Lost Creek, see attached map.


Route Description

This hike is 11 miles roundtrip with 3725 ft uphill (per GPS). Trailhead elevation is 9070 ft.

From the signed trailhead on the west side of the North Fork of Lost Trail Creek, the trail follows the creek north uphill in an aspen forest.

Aspen Forest
Aspen Forest

After crossing the creek, the trail goes in and out of forest giving views of The Raggeds to the southwest.

The Raggeds
The Raggeds

At around 10000 ft elevation, the trail gets on top of an interesting little ridgeline where you can see streams to the right and left.

Streams on both sides
Streams on both sides
Stream from trail
Stream from trail
Stream from trail
Stream from trail


The trail turns west going into a drainage to the north of Arkansas Mountain. You will go past the signed junction with Buckskin Basin Trail. The 12610 ft Mt. Daly comes to views to the northwest.

Mount Daly from trail
Mount Daly from trail

Chair Mountain to the southwest.

Chair Mountain
Chair Mountain

Meadows.

Meadow
Meadow
Mt. Daly and Point 12580 ft
Mt. Daly and Point 12580 ft
Mount Daly
Mount Daly

As you reach the 11300 ft saddle to the north of Mount Arkansas, Cats Eye Peak comes to view.

Cats Eye Peak
Cats Eye Peak

At the saddle, you will reach the junction with Silver Creek Trail. Turn left and follow the trail up toward Cats Eye Peak.

Cats Eye Peak & Point 12600 ft
Cats Eye Peak & Point 12600 ft

Looking back south at Arkansas Mountain.

Mount Arkansas
Mount Arkansas

Beautiful alpine bowl.

High meadow
High meadow
Mount Daly
Mount Daly
Cats Eye Peak
Cats Eye Peak
Treasure Mountain
Treasure Mountain


The trail then makes a number of switchbacks going up toward the 12240 ft saddle.

Treasure Mountain
Treasure Mountain
Crags
Crags
Arkansas (near) & Treasure (far) Mountains
Arkansas (near) & Treasure (far) Mountains


View of Meadow Mountain.

Meadow Mountain
Meadow Mountain

View of Treasure Mountain.

Treasure Mountain
Treasure Mountain

Cats Eye Peak from near the 12240 ft saddle.

Cats Eye Peak
Cats Eye Peak

At the 12240 ft saddle, the spectacular Capitol Peak appears to the north.

Capitol Peak from the 12240 ft saddle
Capitol Peak from the 12240 ft saddle

You can now leave trail heading west toward the summit. Fun hiking on the north side of the crest of the ridgeline, gets you around a series of crags.

On the way to summit
On the way to summit

Base of the summit.

Summit
Summit

The last piece is a steep pile of rubble.

Rubble below the summit
Rubble below the summit

Views from the summit.

Chair Mountain, Mt. Daly & Hawk Peak
Chair Mountain, Mt. Daly & Hawk Peak
Mt. Sopris & Richey
Mt. Sopris & Richey
Capitol Peak & Mt. Snowmass
Capitol Peak & Mt. Snowmass
Mt. Snowmass, Maroon Peak & Meadow Mtn.
Mt. Snowmass, Maroon Peak & Meadow Mtn.
Treasure Mountain
Treasure Mountain
Chair Mountain & The Raggeds
Chair Mountain & The Raggeds
Looking down the valley where the trail came from
Looking down the valley where the trail came from






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North Fork of Lost Trail

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