Get Lost: The Lost Forty

Hiking is one of my favorite things to do and finding new trails in and around the Chippewa National Forest area is easy to do.  One of my favorite places is the Lost Forty.  It’s not a long hike but the trees are AMAZING! 


Minnesota was one of the largest timber-producing states in the country in the late 1800’s.  The Lost Forty is an area of Red & White Pines that went untouched by loggers because of an error on mapping the area.  The Lost Forty was mapped as part of Coddington Lake.  Because of this error, the Lost Forty has become one of Minnesota’s greatest treasures.  


The pines in the Lost Forty are 300-400 years old, originating when the pilgrims came to America.  They are HUGE!  It is wonderful to wonder through the one-mile trail and see the towering pines.  You really have to make the trip while you are up with us.  



You won’t get cell coverage out there, not at all and its pretty spotty the entire drive up, but its well worth it.  My GPS couldn’t find it, but I was able to with only a few turnarounds. Here is the way I go:


From Marcell, take CR 286 to Hwy 6; go straight across Hwy 6 and you’ll be on CR 4.  Take a Right onto CR 29 and follow this all the way to Dora Lake.  Just past Dora lake, you’ll take a Right on CR 26 and then a left on Forest Road 224.  About a 1 mile up, you’ll see the sign for the Lost Forty.