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Topic: Colorado BPing Suggestions Wanted, Routes near Denver?< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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My son has a new job in Denver area so we figure that is a perfect excuse for us to plan a BPing trip in Colorado next summer.  My wife and I are expereinced BPers from Minnesota, but have not BPed in Colorado.  We figure we can use my son to shuttle us so we are not restricted to loop hikes.  

Anyway, we are looking for suggested routes (6-10 days) that would have fewer rather than more people, can be high altitude, wilderness areas are ok as they are less restrictive, not a "bad drive" from Denver.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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There's a strong CO contingent on this board and I'll defer to them for insight on venues . . . but I do believe it'd expedite the discussion if you define what a "bad drive" from Denver is in terms of hours.
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Fair enough.  It is my son who has to do the driving, so how about two hours.  Of course if there is an especially spectacular hike someone would recommend at 2 1/2 hrs, then please tell me.  

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You mentioned within 2 1/2 hours, and with fewer rather than more people.

If you didn't mind more people, there are some spectacular hikes in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, or in Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park that.  But, even within these areas, places can be found with fewer people.  The far north or south of the national park.  Or the Devils Thumb area of Indian Peaks.  

Aside from that, you could go to the Lost Creek Wilderness.  A bit further away, but within your parameters, you could consider the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness or the Collegiate Peaks areas.

Finally, you mentioned summer.  I'm hoping you mean July or August.  June could still have a LOT of snow in most of these areas at high altitude.  Or, at the very least, mucky conditions if the snow is gone.  By the last week of June,  you'll probably be okay, depending on how much snow we have this winter.


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If it were me, I'd head to the Gore Range for sure. It's near Vail, about a 2 hour drive from Denver, all freeway.

The Gores are surprisingly uncrowded, given their close proximity to I-70. They are rugged and beautiful, but their lack of 14ers causes hikers/climbers to overlook them. Several trailheads are literally right off of I-70.

There aren't a lot of loop hikes there unless you're willing to get off-trail and cross passes to connect trails, though.

Here's a TR of a trip I took there this past summer:

http://forums.backpacker.com/cgi-bin....1165751
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I'll agree with Gore Range also.  I hesitated putting them into my post because of the in-and-out nature of those trails.  And, the tree kill from the bark beetles.  But, yes, they are pretty

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Thank you for the replies so far.  We will check out the suggestions.  

We have a lot experience in the Rockies so we would plan on a trip in August or early September.  We normally do loops just because we have one car, but with my son available to drop off and pick up, we are not limited to  loops or out and backs.

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Third recommendation for the Gore Range...and a reminder that summer backpacking season for Colorado starts in July.
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Gore Range Info.....IMHO part of the fun is doing the research and putting together a trip.  There's lots here.  Have fun!

http://www.gorerange.info/
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Ok reconsidered distance from Denver.

How about new recommendations that include  substantial time above tree line. Fewer people is better.
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It's relatively easy to plan a trip with substantial time above treeline in most Colorado areas--that's not really going to change anyone's recommendation.

Solitude is pretty-well assured in most places (other than RMNP, Indian Peaks, etc) if you're willing to get off the trail. I did two mutli-day trips in Colorado this past summer (one in the Gores, one in the Sangres), and in both cases we had entire basins to ourselves because we were a little ways off the beaten path.
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3.5 miles from Denver puts you in the Sangre de Cristos.
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3.5 miles from Denver puts you in the Sangre de Cristos.

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From Downtown Denver it should be about 2.5 hours to Westcliffe.  6-10 days would allow for multiple out and backs connected by very short distances on the Rainbow Trail. Seems everyone here has Loopsternitis. Fact is most spectacular country is out and back.

The Sangres are my favorite part of Colorado but instead of 6-10 days I'd suggest two hikes, one short and one longer:

1) Willow Lake: Out and back because loopsternauts almost never see such spectacle. Make it two nights and do Challenger and Kit Carson on the "off" day.

2) From Crestone hike up North Crestone, head south to Phantom Terrace and out Venable Creek. Absolutely spectacular point to point is more than worth shuttle concerns.

In the Juans with longer drive how about Colorado Trail both sides of Bolam Pass?

If you have 6-10 days take a half day on each side and drive to Dubois, WY and either venture into the lesser travelled NE Wind Rivers or across the valley in the amazing southern Absaroka?


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