Lost Canyon

Look down on Lost Canyon from the high point of Quail Mountain.

Total Miles
7.4

Elevation

3824.04 ft

Duration

3 to 5 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Summer/Fall

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Trail Overview

Panoramic views of Twin Lakes Reservoir, Mt. Elbert and Clear Creek Reservoir, as well as fantastic camping and gold-panning makes for a great weekend. There are some other fun side trails east of the river. Stay on the trail and be aware when you're crossing private property.

Difficulty

Moderate. After Waypoint 02, road narrows and is steep in spots. Intermittent rocky sections. Aggressive, high-clearance SUVs only. Road shown on map west of Wpt. 05 has a difficult section not suitable for stock vehicles.

Technical Rating

4

Access Description

From town of Granite, on Highway 24, about halfway between Buena Vista and Leadville, head uphill on County Road 398, which departs immediately behind the Sage Outdoor Adventure Store on west side of Highway 24 (limited hours in the summer). Stay on County Road 398 for 2.8 miles until you reach fork where F.S. 399 goes right and F.S. 398 goes left. Parking and staging allowed here, We suggest going another 0.9 mile for camping (see picture).