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Hello,
I’m looking to for any advice on doing the 4 Pass Loop solo. I’m new to the area, and have 5 days off this weekend. Was planning on heading out on Fri morning, and returning either Sun or Mon.This is my first backpacking trip. I figured with this hike being a popular one it would be a safe bet if I ran into trouble. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.

Josh@thecohiker

The 26.5-mile 4 Pass Loop around the Maroon Bells is incredible! It’s generally a best practice to hike with someone, and I would highly encourage you to find a partner since this is your first backpacking trip. You’re correct that it is a very popular hike, but you’ll still go stretches without running into other people. I’d be happy to answer specific backpacking questions if you have them. Otherwise, I would start by checking out some of our camping and backpacking safety tips: http://thecohiker.com/hiking-tips/. You should definitely leave a trip itinerary with someone you trust – especially if you go solo.

8 months ago
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Hey Everyone,
We will be starting an Email list and sending out a weekly email with tips, advice and destinations as well as updates on new posts and reviews.
What would you like to see in the Email?
We would really like to provide more information and add more value to our community so any suggestions, feedback is welcome.
You can add to this feed or email me at Jason@thecohiker.com
Thanks and seek adventure always!

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My wife and I will be doing a 3 day backpacking trip in the Never Summer Wilderness on Labor Day weekend round tripping from the North Supply trailhead. I have looked at making a loop up the continental divide trail and back via Bowen lake trail, but someone might have a better or more scenic suggestion. Any tips and updates would be awesome! Thanks!

Josh@thecohiker

Have you had an opportunity to check out the 3-day trip summary on The Colorado Hiker? You can read about it here: http://thecohiker.com/item/bowen-lake-loop/. I’ve hiked all over the Never Summer Wilderness and have yet to find a more spectacular loop hike (though there are a couple places on the north side of the wilderness that rival this trip, but they’re more of an out and back).

8 months ago
melby36

Thanks for the reply and the link, I hadn’t read the article. What month did you take this trip?

8 months ago
Josh@thecohiker

We hiked it at the end of July in 2011. 2011 was a huge snow year in the Never Summers. We encountered downed trees and snowfields throughout the entire hike. I’ve been back since, and the Forest Service cleared most of the downed trees. I’m super jealous you’re going late this summer. I’d love to get back there this year too. Let me know if you have any additional questions.

8 months ago
melby36

It sounds like an awesome hike and we can’t wait!

8 months ago
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Looking for any information on current Elk Falls (Colorado) trail conditions. And accessibility to the actual falls. Any help??

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I joined, hoping to find a place where I can obtain, and post, current information about trail conditions. For example, friends tried to climb the Butler Gulch trail on June 28, and found the trail so inundated by runoff that they turned around at the 2nd stream crossing. They waded in ankle deep water across the first one, but could not find any safe way to cross the 2nd. Also, the trail surface is deeply rutted from runoff.

Josh@thecohiker

Welcome to the community! Your hope aligns well with the reason we set this forum up. Thank you for the info about the Butler Gulch Trail. For those of you who read this post later, the trail is up by empire: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/arp/recarea/?recid=28504. There is also some good car camping (dispersed camping) off of the road to Jones Pass.

8 months ago
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Just found out I have the 4th of July weekend all to myself. I hike all over the Ozarks of NW Arkansas and am sick of the oppressive heat and thought I might hike Colorado for the three day weekend. Are there any less crowded backpacking trails in the Colorado Springs area? I’ll be driving from Tulsa,OK and Colorado Springs seems to be the closest area to me. Thanks in advance.

Josh@thecohiker

The closest backpacking areas to Colorado Springs that I can think of are Lost Creek Wilderness and Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. McCurdy Park in Lost Creek is a magnificent place and shouldn’t be crowded. Greenhorn Mountain Wilderness Area might also be worth looking into. It might make for a tougher backpack, but you’ll certainly be able to find solitude. Hit me up if you want further advice/specifics.

9 months ago
LSU_Tiger_Fan

Thanks Josh, I’ll look into your suggestions and may be back with more questions.

9 months ago
Josh@thecohiker

Where did you end up adventuring out to? I hope you enjoyed your long weekend in Colorado!

8 months ago
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Where are you hiking in the Next 30 days??
Me- Centennial Cone
Pikes Peak
Mt Galbraith
Grays & Torreys
Share your hikes with us 🙂

Kegree

Ralston Reservoir, Centennial Cone, Kenosha Pass

8 months ago
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Heading that way in late aug/ sept. Suggestions for a 1st time 14er .. will be in Denver for 2 days then Georgetown for a day before taking on a 14. From FLA but have done plenty of hiking in the Adirondack and Blue ridge. Mts. .

Jason@TheCoHiker

Hey there Dhelms, I would look at doing Grays Peak or Torreys Peak or maybe both. They are pretty easy terrain and right off I-70. Mt Evans or Mt Bierstadt are good options as well. If you hit me up Jason@thecohiker.com and I am free I can lead you up depending on the date. I have climbed all of them and those are the best beginner 14ners between Denver and Georgetown. Best advice is start early, before sunrise and get off mountain before 2-3pm before lightning.

9 months ago
Dhelms

Thanks Jason for getting back to me. Will definitely let you know when dates firm up..never hurts to have a guide .for sure was planning on pre sunrise start

9 months ago
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Anybody out there know the easiest route to City Reservoir (NE of Durango)?

Josh@thecohiker

This is probably the best resource we’ve found to get into City Reservoir: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5203871.pdf. I hope this information helps! We love this part of the San Juans!

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5203871.pdf
9 months ago
trohde

Thanks….it has a long time since I have up there

9 months ago
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Anyone have Hiking on the agenda this coming holiday weekend?

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Hello fellow hikers and backpackers. Thanks for the add! A little about me. I am 70 years old. Started backpacking in 1970 while in college (Oklahoma State University). Have hiked mostly in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico and my home state of Oklahoma.

Looking to finally hike the Flat Tops in July. From Stillwater Reservoir to West Lost Lake and back down along the Chinese Wall and over Devils Causeway. I am looking for a place to clean up after hiking. Is there a place in Yampa or Toponas that we can buy a shower?

Thanks everyone!

Josh@thecohiker

You might try contacting the South Routt Community Center. They will hopefully be able to point you in the right direction. Devil’s Causeway and the Flat Tops are gorgeous. Enjoy your trip!! Here’s the contact info for the Community Center:

227 Dodge St. – Oak Creek

(970) 736-2422

clerk@townofoakcreek.com

11 months ago
dmac

Thank you for the info! Looking forward to my trip!

11 months ago
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Over 30″ of snow has fallen in the northern Colorado Rockies in the last week. Dust off the snowshoes and hit the trail if you can!

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I’m pumped to visit the Manitou Springs Incline tomorrow! I can already feel my heart pumping!

http://www.visitcos.com/manitou-incline-near-colorado-springs-colorado

Find Manitou Incline information including the history of the trail and tips to make it to the top!
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I just purchased a brand new pair of snow shoes earlier this year and am wondering if it’s ever going to snow again. Anyways, I’m making the most of this warm weather by hiking nearly every single weekend. Thanks to The Colorado Hiker for sharing the Picketwire Canyon hike. I just went down there last weekend and had a blast.

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I am new to the area and can’t wait to get out and enjoy Colorado this Spring! Anyone have suggestions for good beginner trails not too far from Denver?

Josh@thecohiker

I highly recommend any of the Jefferson County Open Space Trails. Mount Falcon is a particularly good option: http://thecohiker.com/item/mount-falcon/

Trailhead: West Parking Lot (Note: Mount Falcon can also be accessed on the east side via Highway 8) Activities: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing, Skiing Closest City / Town: Morrison, Colorado Driving Directions: Head west out of Denver on Highway 285; Take the Indian Hills turn-off from U.S. Highway 285, and follow Parmalee Gulch Road for 5 …
1 year ago
The_CO_Hiker

I would think about going to the Lost Creek Wilderness Area as soon as late May or early June.

1 year ago