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My girlfriend and I were not able to get a permit to hike Wonderland this year so we are scrambling to find another hike that will keep us out for 7 -8 days.  

I have thought about Molas pass to Creede on the Colorado Trail but need to figure out the vehicle issue since we will be flying in from Florida and only have one rental car.  Suggestions on this idea?

Maroon Bells four pass loop is another option but decreases our days.  Do you need a permit for this hike?

We are looking to hike in the month of July.  As for milleage, she enjoys hiking about 8 miles on average per day.  Any other great hike suggestions?

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When in July? Much of Colorado (everything except the San Juans and Sangres) is having an above-normal snow year, so the first half of July could mean plenty of snow remaining in the high country in some locations.

No permits are needed for the four pass loop.

What about the Elk Creek/Needle Creek loop from the train in the San Juans? With 7-8 days, you'd have time for a leisurely pace and/or some side trips.

Are you looking for an all trail trip, or is off-trail travel OK? Looking to bag summits?
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It would be in the 2nd half of July.  We would rather do an all trail trip.  

I will check out the Elk Creek/Needle Creek loop.  Thanks!
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I think you could add on side trails to extend Maroon Bells another couple of days beyond just the 4 pass loop.

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Molas Lake looks l,ike a normal snow year, it has begun to drop and is close to "normal." That's good to see.

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My girlfriend and I were not able to get a permit to hike Wonderland this year so we are scrambling to find another hike that will keep us out for 7 -8 days.  

I have thought about Molas pass to Creede on the Colorado Trail but need to figure out the vehicle issue since we will be flying in from Florida and only have one rental car.  Suggestions on this idea?

Maroon Bells four pass loop is another option but decreases our days.  Do you need a permit for this hike?

We are looking to hike in the month of July.  As for milleage, she enjoys hiking about 8 miles on average per day.  Any other great hike suggestions?

Thanks

I spent 7 days in Maroon Bells and did much of the 4 Pass Loop.
Part 1 of my TR

As stated, no permit required. No car or lodging required either if you plan well. :)
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Do the train loop mentioned earlier without the train.  Stay at Silverpick Lodge near Putgatory trail head.  Leave car there and have Chris give you a ride to the Molas trail head.  Hike down to the river and do the loop in reverse.  About 50 miles.  Come out at Purgatory about one mile from Silverpick.
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little Molas Lake to Durango on the Colorado Trail is also a nice hike.  If you can't find a ride to the lake, you can hitch with little problem.

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