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Rich Creek / Rough and Tumbling Creek Loop, Buffalo Peaks Wilderness – (Trip # CO-016)

guidetrails.com - Cutthroat

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Backpacking and fishing perfectly matched on this excellent loop trip through the eastern edge of the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness, about 15 miles north of Fairplay, Colorado. Totaling a short 11.4 miles, the only difficulty may be encountered on the climb up on the first day to the upper reaches of Rich Creek. Fishing is reported as excellent on these creeks.

The Rich Creek-Tumble Creek Trailhead is approximately 15 miles southwest of Fairplay, Colorado in the Buffalo Creek Wilderness. Trailhead elevation is approximately 10,000′ and high camp on day 2 at Rough and Tumble Creek is around 11,200′. Total loop distance is approximately 11.4 miles in 2+ days of hiking (3.3.5/3.46/4.61).

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Eaglesmere Lake/Cataract Lake Loop, Eagles Nest Wilderness, CO – (Trip #CO-012)

This is an excellent backpacking loop trip through the eastern Eagles Nest Wilderness, about 25 miles north of Silverthorne, Colorado (fairly near Denver). Totaling 14.6 miles, the only difficulty may be encountered on the climb out of the trailhead up to Eaglesmere Lake. Also, given that the trail is near Denver, significant numbers of people may be on the trails.

The Eaglesmere Trailhead is approximately 25 miles north of Silverthorne, Colorado in the Eagles Nest Wilderness. Trailhead elevation is approximately 8,700′ and high camp on day 2 at Upper Cataract Lake is around 10,770′. Total loop distance is approximately 14.6 miles in 2+ days of hiking (3.5/5.5/5.6).  A guy named Dondo has some interesting photo in his blog post about the area which you can see here. Fishing in the alpine lakes in this loop has been known to be fairly good.

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Snowshoe Trek, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO – (Trip #CO-009)

The incredible scenery and relatively low avalanche exposure make this is an excellent first time snowshoeing trip. No doubt you will understand why Rocky Mountain National Park was made a national park.

This trip has you camping in Moraine Park (car camp/ Reservations HERE) then head out onto the trail to Emerald Lake from Bear Lake Trailhead.  You will cross three frozen lakes (are the fish shivering?) in a high alpine environment. Round trip distance is a delightful 3 miles and route finding is typically straightforward as this is a popular route. Camp in Moraine Park for a second bag night.

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