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Hi all! The husband and I are going to start backpacking this summer. We do day hikes and camp, but this is our first time backpacking.

We have permits for a couple of different weekends in RMNP in late june/july, but I'm wondering if there's any "easy" hikes that we could do in early june to get our feet wet.

I'm looking for something within a 2 hour drive of denver.
Something 10-15 miles would be ideal. Shorter would be fine, but probably not longer this time. We'll have a weekend to do this, so anything that could be done in 2-3 days.
Since it'll be our first time out with the packs, I'd like to find a trail that's relatively easy...not too steep or scrambly
It would be great if they allowed open camping so we wouldn't have to worry about permits.

I would appreciate any ideas :-). Thanks!
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This site was posted in a nearby thread: http://www.localhikes.com/MSA/MSA_2082.asp

Suggest working your way back through this forum branch. Some good things posted.


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Will do, thanks!

Been working my way through it for the last few hours. I just discovered this site yesterday so I have a lot to read! :-)
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If the weather stays warm the Resthouse trail from Echo Lake will take you to Lincoln Lake (approx 11 miles total) or Beaver Meadows (approx 14 miles total).  The Lincoln Lake area was one of my first trips into the backcountry.  No permits required except the free one you fill out at the trailhead.
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Here's a virtual site for the Gore Range that contains some useful information.

http://www.dillonrangerdistrict.com/hkg_rogs.htm

Scroll to the bottom of the page for the interactive map

(note: this map is not accessible from the current webpage, but it still works as long as you don't try to filter by difficulty).
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Thank you both!
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Thank you both!

Go to REI.   They have several shelves full of book devoted to hiking/backpacking in Colorado.   That is one of the perks of living in CO --- all of the local resources.  In addition to books they have all of the Colorado TI maps.


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You really should rethink that 2 hour drive limit. That precludes the Sangres, the San Juans, etc. 2.5 hours should get you to the Commanche-Venable Trailhead. 2.5 hours should also get you to Marshall Pass.

Closer to Denver West approaches to the Lost Creek should be more than good to go.


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