Tag Archives: Moderate Backpack

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!

Lone Eagle Peak, Indian Peak Wilderness (Trip #CO-013)

If standing before pointy grey granite spire-like peaks blows your hair back, than this is the trip for you. Photos of this beauty are all over the internet…just look here! This trip is a backpacking out and back to the base of Lone Eagle Peak, one of Colorado’s most striking mountains. The Indian Peaks wilderness shares a border with Rocky Mountain National Park and has the mountains to prove it.

This is an excellent backpacking out and back  trip through the western Indian Peaks Wilderness, about 10 miles northeast of Granby, Colorado (fairly near Denver). Totaling 14.0 miles, the only difficulty may be encountered on the climb out of the trailhead  to Crater Lake. Also, given that the trail is near Denver, significant numbers of people may be on the trails.

The Monarch Lake Trailhead is approximately 10 miles northeast of Granby, Colorado in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Trailhead elevation is approximately 8,400′ and high camp on day 2 at Upper Cataract Lake is around 10,375′. Total distance is approximately 14.0 miles in 2+ days of hiking (3/4/7). If you’re feeling burly, you can make it to Crater Lake in one day and have extra time for exploring. Fishing in the alpine lakes in this loop has been known to be fairly good.

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Dark Canyon Loop, Ragged Wilderness, CO – (Trip #CO-010)

Dark Canyon, Raggeds Backpack Trail

guidetrails.com – Dark Canyon, Raggeds Wildernerss, CO

High, long, remote and moderately challenging loop trip through the Raggeds Wilderness in  Central Colorado. Totaling 22.5 miles, the miles and the first day climb up the Devil’s Staircase make this a bit more challenging of a trip. Alternately, the mileage can be reduced by camping at the lower Silver Creek and not completing the loop.

The Anthracite Creek Trailhead is approximately 60 miles south of Glenwood Springs, Colorado in the Raggeds Wilderness. Trailhead elevation is approximately 6,800′ and high camp is around 10,250′. Total loop distance is approximately 22.5 miles in 2+ days of hiking (4.7/10/8.5).  Did I say this trip is remote? 60 Miles south of Glenwood Springs doesn’t see much traffic. As a result the area has abundant wild animals including elk and deer.

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Four Pass Loop, Maroon Bells – Snowmass Wilderness, CO – (Trip #CO-004)

The Four Pass Loop is considered to be one of the greatest backpacking trips in Colorado, if not the world. Incredible views as you circumnavigate the spectacular Maroon Bells. The difficulties of this hike come in the form of altitude: Trailhead is near 10,000 feet and the lowest point of the trip which goes over 12,000 at the four passes. The Maroon Lake Trailhead is approximately 8.8 miles south/west of Aspen, Colorado. Elevation is approximately 9,600′ to a little over 12,600′ feet. Total loop distance is apx 24 miles (3ish/7.5/6.2/7ish). In the trip you’ll climb over 4 passes, West Maroon, Frigid Air, Trail Rider and Buckskin pass. Though mildly popular (It’s Colorado after all) this trip is rugged and remote with abundant flora and fauna.

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Camp Lake Loop, Rawah Wilderness, CO – (Trip #CO-002)

Incredible moderate loop hike through the eastern Rawah Wilderness of Colorado. The West Branch Trailhead is approximately 69 miles west of Fort Collins, Colorado and 44 Miles east of Walden…it’s remote! Elevation is approximately 8,500′ to a little over 11,000′ feet. Total loop distance is 18 to 19 miles (5ish/5/8). Grassy Pass is a highlight on this trip for its incredible views. Very rugged and remote with abundant wild animals including moose can all be spotted on this trip.

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