Aug 27, 2013 at 4:56 am #1306993
Kevin SchneringerBPL Member
@slammerLocale: Oklahoma Flat Lands
My family would like to see some mountains hiking,fishing and general living out of a backpack adventure.
We're thinking Rocky Mountain NP in late spring 2014
My experience is mostly flat lands and southeastern states type hiking.
I am looking for ideas and info on a week long backpack with options to fish along the way.
4 adults ages 38-62 good shape.
4 kids ages 6-12 totally ready to conquer world. Actually sub 6-8 miles a day.
All of us have fair amount of nights outside, just not at any elevation above 2000'
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Is spring the right time at elevation or is there a better time.Aug 29, 2013 at 12:32 pm #2019861
This is in central Colorado and the area is much less traveled than RMNP.
Great hiking, plenty of camping, and good rafting on the Arkansas river. Buena Vista is a good base camp for resupply days.
I have hiked all but two 14k ft peaks in this area and have always had a good time.
Spring is going to be chilly at 10K plus elevation. I usually head out in late July for the best weather.
Any questions I might be able to help out.Aug 29, 2013 at 1:13 pm #2019869
Gary DunckelBPL Member
By late spring, do you mean like late May? There usually is some pretty good snow pack at elevations above 9500' until June. Some years you might be able to do some stuff at 9000' in late May, but I wouldn't count on it. July, August, and September is the time to be here.Aug 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm #2019873
Greg MihalikBPL Member
Lost Creek Wilderness might work. Use the search box. There are a number of trip reports.
Not postcard mountains, but a very nice area, and mostly snow free in May.
How many nights out?Aug 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm #2019908
Luke SchmidtBPL Member
@cameronLocale: Idaho Falls
+1 on Lost Creek, its a good place.
I'd suggesting working up to a higher elevation slowly so no one gets altitude sickness. Since you have a number of people who've never been up there you don't know how people will react.
I'd camp at 8000 one night then 9000 and after that you should be okay if you are reasonable. This is an advantage of Lost Creek, you can start your hike in the canyon and camp low the first couple nights.Aug 29, 2013 at 10:53 pm #2020046
Dean F.BPL Member
@acrosomeLocale: Back in the Front Range
Lost Creek is nice- it's about an hour from my house- but it isn't classically "Rockies" if you know what I mean. Yes, it'll have little snow, but you won't see alpine-looking mountains. You certainly can fish in the various little streams though- I recall seeing some huge cuthroats (or cutbows?) in the Lost Creek itself.
If you want to climb mountains then, as others have said, you really need to go a little later in the summer. I hiked over Music Pass in the Sangres one June and the postholing was just barely bearable. Still, my pants were soaked to the knees.
Or, maybe bring snowshoes?
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