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(drown) - F - MLife

Locale: Shenandoah
Loops in Colorado on 01/20/2009 20:55:43 MST Print View


I'm planning on doing a 6 day loop somewhere in Colorado in July this year.

I'm looking for advice in choosing a destination.

Ideally it is a loop that is accessible using public transit. It would gradually climb in altitude to allow me a gentle acclimatization. It would take in a nice section of the CDT and would mostly be at or above treeline.

I can travel 12 to 20 miles daily and would like to cover at least 100 miles on this trip.

Peak bagging opportunities, cross- country travel, low crowds and opportunities to have campfires would all be welcomed but not required.

Thanks for any suggestion as I start narrowing on a few choices I will post them along with a gear list for further input.

Edited by drown on 01/20/2009 20:56:39 MST.

Klas Eklof
(klaseklof) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Loops in Colorado - Hardrock on 01/26/2009 20:55:33 MST Print View


Here is an idea.
Hike the course of the Hardrock Hundred.

I think it has everything you are looking for:
about 100 miles.
accessible using public transit (Durango RR...)
includes some of the CDT.
a few great peaks to bag.
cross country sections.
low crowds.
easy re-supply.

Maps here:

My photos here:

- k

James Dubendorf

Locale: CO, UT, MA, ME, NH, VT
Loops in Colorado on 01/26/2009 21:55:18 MST Print View


Many thanks for sharing that link. I'm not too far away on the front range, and will think seriously about venturing that way. Beautiful photographs!