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Conejos River Loop, South San Juan Wilderness, CO – (Trip #CO-018)

Conejos Falls

South San Juan Wilderness Loop Hike

The last confirmed grizzly bear sighting in Colorado was in the South San Juan Wilderness in 1979. Reports are that grizzlies might remain in the area, just no confirmed sightings.  The bear history and the incredible Conejos Falls is the draw for this extremely remote trip.

The loop trail is 50+ miles southwest of Alamosa, CO and takes you to the headwaters of the Conejos River. Totaling a short 14 miles, the real difficulty is the altitude in that you’ll cross Continental Divide (via the Continental Divide Trail.

Trailhead is along FR 247 past Platoro Reservoir in the South San Juan Wilderness. Trailhead elevation is approximately 10,200′ with a highest altitude around 12,200′. Total loop distance is approximately 14.0 miles in 3 days of hiking (4/6/4).

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Pine Creek Loop, Collegiate Peaks Wilderness – (Trip #CO-017)

sasquatch

sasquatch

Sasquatch or Big Foot resides in the Colorado mountains…according to Animal Planet! Based on our thorough and scientific analysis, this is the area of a lot of sightings! In fact, my buddy Richie asked if I knew where to find Big Foot…he wants to go Squatch’n!

In addition, this excellent loop trip through the eastern edge of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, has you passing by Littlejohns Cabin. The trailhead is about 10 miles northwest of Buena Vista, CO. Totaling a short 14.9 miles, the real difficulty is the altitude in that you’ll cross 13,000′ in route to the cabins.

The Frenchman Creek Trailhead is approximately 10 miles northwest of Buena Vista, Colorado in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. Without a 4WD vehicle, you’ll add a couple extra miles to your trip as the final couple miles are a tough dirt road.  Trailhead elevation is approximately 9,400′ and high camp on day 1 is around 10,400′. Total loop distance is approximately 14.9 miles in 3 days of hiking (6.34/2.23/6.7).

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Here’s some Colorado Sasquatch Video for your enjoyment!

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

guidetrails.com - Cutthroat

guidetrails.com – Cutthroat

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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