Sep 17, 2012 at 8:18 am #1294151
My wife and I are visiting my sister in Denver at the end of September. My wife and I have from Friday through Tuesday (flight leaves Wednesday morning, so 4 nights) and my sister can join us just for the weekend (Friday and Saturday nights). Ideally my wife and I would be able to make full use of the 4 days for a more immersive experience, but my sister will need to be able to duck out via a hopefully not-too-long possibly-solo hike back to her car. This makes for an interesting trail-finding constraint. Any suggestions?
RMNP is out due to road construction and their annoying regulations. All three have us have some experience mountaineering (and I have lots) so some scrambling or snow travel is no obstacle (though climbing is not the main intent on this trip). It's not totally necessary, but drives under 3 hours from Denver will be awarded bonus points!
Thanks for any suggestions!Sep 17, 2012 at 8:40 am #1912926
Ben WortmanBPL Member
I did a trip in the Holy Cross Wilderness 2 summers ago. It was awesome. We did it in 2 nights, but it could have easuly been extended to 3 or 4. It would be about a 2 1/2 hgour drive from Denver. We started at the Fancy creek trailhead and came out at the Missouri Lakes tralhead. I had a little write up here:
You could also climb Mt of the Holy Cross to get a 14'er in while you are there also. That would kill another day.
BenSep 17, 2012 at 10:02 am #1912955
Thanks for the suggestion, Ben! That looks like a really good trip. Nice pictures too. Do you know the total mileage? How much was on trail vs off trail? Thanks again!Sep 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm #1913122
todd harperBPL Member
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
+1 Holy Cross Wilderness
Take a light fishing setup too for a treat! We experienced no need to go off-trail.Sep 17, 2012 at 6:24 pm #1913133
Ben WortmanBPL Member
I think the total mileage was about 25-30 miles. About ⅔ was on trail, but one could do it with only about 1 mile off trail if you wanted too.
There would be an option for someone to hike out on an easy trail to the half moon trailhead on day 2 if you left a car there.
If you want a map with my route, shoot me your email on a PM and I'll send it to you.
BenSep 17, 2012 at 8:37 pm #1913173
Richard LyonBPL Member
@richardglyonLocale: Bridger Mountains
Another +1 – great country. I also second the notion of a fishing setup.
RichardSep 18, 2012 at 10:22 am #1913320
Thanks for the suggestions, all! I will take a good look at this area. Any other suggestions out there?
Excitement is brewing…!
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