The Rocky Mountain National Park Area (including Indian Peaks Wilderness and James Peak Wilderness Areas areas) are a great representation of the glacial age that carved the landscape between 1.5 million years ago to about 10,000 years ago when the first inhabitants, the Ute, arrived in this magical area. This trip is a great way to see, experience, and get in touch with the scenery and wildlife of Americas 10th National Park. The vistas are grand and the chances of seeing larger mammals (moose and elk) are high. Our goal is to experience the best of the Rocky Mountains, learn new skills, and have a safe and stimulating experience that lasts a lifetime.
This is a 5-day trip that includes consecutive day hikes. During this trip you will have the opportunity to experience amazing wilderness areas (including Roosevelt National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Par k) while returning to an established campsite at the end of each day.
Due to the diversity of terrain you will cover, this trip is a photographer’s paradise.
Trip Dates: June 28 – July 2
Day 0: Arrive. Meet and go over gear, food, and Itinerary. Stay in hotel in Boulder.
Day 1: Hike Burro Trail to Windy Peak (9132′) and camp in yurts or cabin in Golden Gate State Park. Hike is +1302′ and 6.35 miles.
Day 2: Hike Alpine Lake (10, 500′) in Roosevelt National Forest or another hike in Golden Gate State Park. Return to same location for night. Hike is +1398′ and 6.5 miles.
Day 3: Hike in Roosevelt National Park. (8.9 miles and 2100′) or Twin Sisters (Rocky Mountain National Park). Return to same location for night or move to camping location in Roosevelt National Forest or around Rocky Mountain National Park. Hike is +2018′ and 7 miles.
Day 4: Hike Chasm Lake (9.0 miles and 2700′) or Mills and Jewel Lake (9,967′) in Rocky Mountain National Park and stay at campsite in or around Rocky Mountain National Park. Mills Lake hike is +938′ and 5.8 miles.
Day 5: Hike 2 or 3 peaks, based on participant abilities, in Rocky Mountain National Park. 2nd and 3rd peak are approximately 13,000′ in height. Hike is +3200 and 8 miles. Return to Boulder/Denver hotel.
Note: Trails and locations might change slightly based on conditions.
What’s included? Professional hiking guides; national forest, national park, and state park permits; campsites and cabin or yurt reservations; campsites and group camping gear; all food during the trip (Day 1 lunch – Day 5 lunch); all transportation during the trip (between Boulder and the trailheads and campsites); group gear (water purification, Group CB and contingency and emergency support).
What is not included? Laundry; hotel before and after trip; personal clothing; dinners – day 5; sleeping bag and pad (sleeping bag and pad rental available if needed – $65 per person); gratuities for guide(s) – recommended 20%.
NOTE: Trails and locations might change slightly based on conditions.