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Casey Burnett
(Casey_ULA) - F
suggest a 3 day for Dad and I in CO on 07/27/2009 19:02:37 MDT Print View

Hello. As part of the road trip to CO to drop me in Boulder for graduate school, I want go on a backpacking trip with my dad for ~3 +/ days.

I was considering the 4 pass loop near aspen. Upon further review, the physical demands are described as strenuous in several places online and I'm cautious taking my 60 yr, less than fit father at high elevation (as Dad lives as ~400 feet). I can keep his pack weight to ~20 lbs for three day trip. However his gut may be a counter balance taxing on switch backs.

Any suggestions for Colorado
of 2-4 day....
moderate backpacking loops or in & outs
10 miles a day (+ / depending on elevation change)
crowds are not a concern...
drive time from Boulder (less than ~3 hours would be appreciated but not necessary)
Elevation upto ~8000 - 9000.

Casey Burnett

can't wait to get to CO!

Richard Matthews
(food) - F

Locale: Colorado Rockies
can you go higher? on 07/28/2009 16:56:57 MDT Print View

I do not know of anything at that elevation, but consider.

From the East Portal of the Moffat tunnel hike to Heart Lake, day two hike to Rogers pass and hike to Rollins pas on the CDT and down to Forest Lakes, day three out.

Maybe the Devils Thumb Lake - King Lake loop in Indian Peaks Wilderness.

Casey Burnett
(Casey_ULA) - F
suggest a 3 day for Dad & I in CO on 07/28/2009 17:21:00 MDT Print View

Thanks for the idea. Elevation is not my first concern, more so the change of elevation. I have to have a few hikes in my 'possibility' bag and test my dad on a day hike prior to going.


Aaron Armstrong
(traderaaron) - F

Locale: Colorado
Lower elevation loop on 07/30/2009 17:07:58 MDT Print View

If your Dad can do 10 miles a day in Colorado then I think he might do the Four Pass Loop, although you have a lot of elevation gain and loss each day.

Having said that I think a nice slightly lower elevation backpack trip in the Lost Creek Wilderness is a consideration. There are several, you can start at the Goose Creek TH, Wigwam at Lost Park or a couple of others. The Lost Park loop starting at the Lost Park campground is about 28 miles with only one section of steep elevation gain.

Zack Karas
( - MLife

Locale: Lake Tahoe
CO trips with your pop on 07/30/2009 17:42:49 MDT Print View

I would look into Rocky Mtn Natl Park, as their are countless loops or out-n-backs that you could do. It's very close to Boulder via Estes Park. You could also drive through RMNP (very scenic) and start your hike in the Grand Lake area. The trails there are well maintained and graded, and you can easily choose the lower routes if elevation is a concern for your dad.

Christopher Plesko
(Pivvay) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
4 pass loop on 07/30/2009 18:58:38 MDT Print View

I vote 4 pass loop in the Maroon Bells Wilderness. Seriously, it's awesome.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Acclimatize on 07/31/2009 10:03:56 MDT Print View

I think one consideration is that you should give your dad 3-4 days to adjust to CO's altitude a bit before trying a major trek. This can be done by driving through RMNP and/or doing a couple hikes at 9-11,000' (Brainard Lake comes to mind as a great day hike, as well as most of the trails in RMNP). When I have lowland guests visiting me, we usually just hang out in Boulder for the first 24 hours so they can get a handle on the elevation issue.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
suggest a 3 day for Dad and I in CO on 07/31/2009 11:21:27 MDT Print View

+1 on acclimation. I never would have believed it, until I got a bad case of altitude sickness last month in Northern New Mexico.