Southwest of Creede in the Rio Grande National Forest, the West Lost Trail #822 is a 6.1 mile route open to ATV riding. It offers views of Pole Mountain on the way to Cataract Lake. Keep an eye out for Bighorn sheep.
The trail begins at the confluence of West Lost Trail C reek and Lost Trail Creek. It travels at a gradual climb, paralleling the creek bottom for about 4 miles. The trail then enters a rather open patchy stand of spruce timber as it climbs toward the head of the West Lost Trail Creek drainage. A gradual climb of about 1 mile in distance brings one to the Continental Divide and access to Cataract Lake. The trail is well defined until about ½ mile before reaching the Continental Divide. Rock Cairns, trail post markers, and stock boundary signs help mark the travel route near the Divide. The junctions with Lost Trail Creek Trail, Cataract Lake Trail, and the La Garita Stock Driveway toward Pole Creek are not well signed.
To reach the trailhead, head southwest from Creede on Colorado Highway 149 for 20.1 miles, to the intersection of Highway 149 and orest Road #520 (Rio Grande Reservoir/Upper Rio Grande Road), then approximately 16.5 miles on Road #520 to the Lost Trail Creek Trailhead. Hike approximately1.75 miles up Lost Trail Creek Trail #821 to the intersection of Trail #821 and West Lost Trail Creek Trail #822. Trail Junction is signed.
Note: Colorado residents must register their off-highway vehicle with the Colorado State Parks (303) 866-3437. Out-of-state residents who bring OHVs into Colorado must purchase a Colorado Non-Resident OHV permit which is valid from the date of purchase through the following March 31. These permits can be purchased anywhere you get your hunting/fishing licenses in All off-highway vehicles must have an approved muffler and spark arrester. These requirements are subject to change so make sure to contact the Colorado State Parks prior to using your off-highway vehicle.
Note: As of September 2007, ATV riding is only permitted on Forest Service roads that area marked as open to ATVs.