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Hey guys!

So, for a last hurrah before college, myself and four of my best friends are planning a road trip up to Colorado sometime in June.

We're figuring 2 day drive up and back down from College Station TX, and we're looking for a suggest itinerary in Colorado that will take us 5 days to complete.

We were all part of a Philmont trek this summer which completed ~110 miles in 11 days at around 8-12k feet, and we backpack typically monthly so we are not naive beginners. However, I definitely welcome suggestions as to how to run a 5 day unsupported trip, as this will be our longest unsupported trip yet.

Also, I don't think this will be possible, but I'm a pretty avid mountain biker and I'd love to get a few hours in at a downhill park in the area before we head home

Thank you, and hike on!
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Too early to tell yet.  But, snow could be an issue up high here in Colorado.  Right now, we are below on snowpack.  But, that could easily change in March and April.  My advice is to plan for the very last 5 days of June.  You'll probably be okay then.  If you are thinking earlier, then go over to my "Consider Time of Year" thread in this same forum.

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Alright, thanks for the reply. Early June is probably our best bet, so I'm glad I asked. See, these are things we don't have to worry about at 300'.
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Early June should be a good time to do a shuttle hike north of Durango.  You should be able to do the Colorado trail from Molas pass to Durango.  You will likely hit snow fields on the north end and maybe around Kennebec, but you should be able to do it.
Carrying gear for 5 days should be no problem.  That time of year highs will be 60s to 70s and lows 20s and 30s with exceptions on each end.  June is the driest time of the year so the weather should be great.
You can hit the downhill course at Purgatory north of Durango if you like.

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I started doing some research on that route, it looks good so far! Some questions though: You recommend hiking TO Durango? Why not the other direction? Also, how many miles is that (aprox?)
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I started doing some research on that route, it looks good so far! Some questions though: You recommend hiking TO Durango? Why not the other direction? Also, how many miles is that (aprox?)

If you had been doing any research you would have found out that Molas TO Durango is generally downhill all the way. Coming from sea level you'll appreciate it over the 73 mi at 11/12,000'.

But again, it's a toss of the dice, so far this winter has been dry, and you might find some dry ground here and there, but 90% of the time EARLY JUNE IS WAY TOO EARLY to BP in CO.

These are normal "early" June conditions in CO.







Throw your bikes on the rack and head to Moab/ Fruita/ Grand Junction instead.


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Alright thanks. It looks like I may have to go to Colorado on my own at some point and my friends and I may just go NE instead of NW.
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I agree with what Swims with Trout said.  The snow amount could be unpredictable.  If you check back around mid May I could give you a better idea on the snow levels you may see.

When I bp in early June, I usually stay below 10,000' unless it has been a dry winter/warm spring.

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