Aug 26, 2013 at 6:42 am #1306957
I am looking for trip ideas for the last week of September with as many big views above tree line hiking as possible. I had thought about Emigrant Wilderness but it sounds like that may be off the table due to the fires. I have done JMT, the Winds, and Rocky Mtn NP in the past and would like something similar. I can fly into any major airport (Denver, San Fran, Las Vegas, SLC, etc.). I am planning on flying out on Thurs Sept 26 and returning on Tues Oct 1.
ThanksAug 26, 2013 at 7:14 am #2018688
Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado.Aug 26, 2013 at 11:13 am #2018731
It looks like a beautiful location. Is it about 5 hours from Colorado Springs?
Any perticular loop that you recomend?
Would the weather be too unpredictable this late in the year at that elevation?Aug 29, 2013 at 5:12 am #2019746
No other suggestions? I need to at least book my flight this weekend. So far I have looked at flying into:
Salt Lake City
I can get to all of those places by noon on Thursday 9/26 (except Colorado Springs, can't get there until 7pm). I need to fly back on Tuesday morning 10/1 (which I can do from any of those).Aug 29, 2013 at 5:15 am #2019747
@kat_pLocale: Pacific Coast
I am partial to the Trinity Alps…Aug 29, 2013 at 5:35 am #2019751
@alanyork9Locale: PIEDMONT N.C.
If you have not done them….Grand Canyon and Zion are amazing!Glad you are hitting the trail !Sep 1, 2013 at 7:11 am #2020632
It looks like the closest major airport to the Trinity Alps is Sacramento? They look great, would we be relatively safe from smoke and ash from the Rim fire? How would the weather be in late September?
I have never been to Zion or the Grand Canyon and they seem relatively close to Las Vegas for air travel. Interesting options for sure. From the NPS website it looks like it might be 85-90* during the day? Does that sound correct?Sep 1, 2013 at 7:32 am #2020635
Sacramento is your closest airport. Only 4 acres burned so far this season there. Big fire near Willow Creek, so there has been smoke. Late September and October are a wonderful tine of year up there. Still warm during the days nice nights. Very little chance of rain.Sep 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm #2020703
Is there a good map out there? I didn't see anything on Tom Harrison's site or from Trails Illustrated.Sep 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm #2020738
"Is there a good map out there? I didn't see anything on Tom Harrison's site or from Trails Illustrated."
We like it like that up here. You'll have to peruse online maps and trip reports.
What are your cross country skills like? What kind of mileage do you want to do per day?Sep 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm #2020745
I have done some off trail work in Wind River Range and Rocky Mountain National Park, but not a ton. I went from Island Lake over Knapsack Col and down to Peak Lake in WRR and in RMNP I went from Lost Lake over Mt. Dunraven and skirted Mummy Mountain to Lawn Lake.
I would be flying in around noon on Thursday so probably a short day. On Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday I would be looking for 15 miles a day and then drive back to near the airport Monday night so I could fly out early the next morning.
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