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    OT: Front Range Backpacking

    Me and some college friends thought it would be a grand idea to take a backpacking trip after completing the school year. Unfortunately the mountains are still getting snowed on and we'd prefer a dry, not muddy, trip. Do any of you guys know of anywhere that would be good to go at this point for a fun three or four day trip?

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    New Mexico?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    New Mexico?
    They might not have passports.

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    You're out of Schlitz this year if you're looking for dry trails around here.

    Closest would be the Sangre de Christos in either S CO or N NM.

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    That's what I was afraid of....
    It doesn't seem logical to me to drive a full day for such a short trip.
    Sounds like the only logical conclusion is find somewhere beautiful and deal with whatever conditions arise. It is supposed to be backcountry and rugged after all.

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    I like the Coilair, lol. You are smart to post that pic. You'll get your head ripped off around here without having something pertaining to mountain biking.

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    Lost Creek Wilderness? It's southwest of Buff Creek, and I bet there's plenty dry down there. I plan on doing a long hike there over Memorial Weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntekrony
    That's what I was afraid of....
    It doesn't seem logical to me to drive a full day for such a short trip.
    Sounds like the only logical conclusion is find somewhere beautiful and deal with whatever conditions arise. It is supposed to be backcountry and rugged after all.
    It's all beautiful, as long as you go prepared for the conditions.

    The Sangres in CO are only ~3hrs from Denver.

    Closer to home, plan on camping on top of snow, and getting your hiking done early in the day, before the snow turns into soup.

    The day time temps can still be nice and warm, but nights will be below freezing, so make sure you have at least a 20F bag.

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    Dominguez Canyon Wilderness, the only low altitude wilderness area in Colorado.

    http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo/...inguezwsa.html

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    Yeah, I'd say for minimal snow this time of year the Sangrees are the best bet. Just a thought but what about something on the plains? Aren't some of the grassland preserves pretty expansive/wild as well as fairly interesting?

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    Yeah, I'd say for minimal snow this time of year the Sangrees are the best bet. Just a thought but what about something on the plains? Aren't some of the grassland preserves pretty expansive/wild as well as fairly interesting (IE: not just flat plains)?

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    I think the Lost Creek idea has merit. *Might* be too much snow, though... the Kenosha Mts were still pretty covered up high last weekend when I saw them from the Buff Creek area.

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    I'm specifically referring to the Lost Creek area southwest of Buffalo Creek- It's much lower in elevation than the Kenosha area and I have to imagine it has similar conditions to Buff Creek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smmokan
    I'm specifically referring to the Lost Creek area southwest of Buffalo Creek- It's much lower in elevation than the Kenosha area and I have to imagine it has similar conditions to Buff Creek.
    I know where you're talking about - for 3-4 days, though, you're going to end up at elevations over 11K feet... which I would *not* be surprised if they are still snowy.

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    Beartrack Lakes in the Mt Evans Wilderness maybe. You can start from Brook Forest on Cub Creek Trail, Upper Bear Creek or Echo Lake. Deer Creek north of Crow Hill on HWY 285 is another option for access. I think from Camp Rock Campground (9000ft.) would be the least snow.
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    The only thing in the area I can think of that would be pretty dry would be Lost Creek. If you hike in from the south (either Wigwam or Goose Creek trails), it should be pretty good. Are you looking to hike long mileage?, or hike in, set up camp, and stick around that area for a few days? Both of these trails are incredibly gorgeous also...great climbing opportunities if you're into that.

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    where are the images taken?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavo
    where are the images taken?
    I'd like to take a guess...(1 & 2) Dana Plateau (3) Wind Rivers

    Is that right Dave?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjonas
    I'd like to take a guess...(1 & 2) Dana Plateau (3) Wind Rivers

    Is that right Dave?
    All 3 from " The Winds".

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    Quote Originally Posted by plaidvillain
    The only thing in the area I can think of that would be pretty dry would be Lost Creek. If you hike in from the south (either Wigwam or Goose Creek trails), it should be pretty good. Are you looking to hike long mileage?, or hike in, set up camp, and stick around that area for a few days? Both of these trails are incredibly gorgeous also...great climbing opportunities if you're into that.
    +1 for the Goose Creek Trail. My wife and I did a BP trip last Memorial Day weekend and it's spectacular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miagi
    +1 for the Goose Creek Trail. My wife and I did a BP trip last Memorial Day weekend and it's spectacular.
    Meh, it's alright out there.




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