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Edward Jursek
(nedjursek@gmail.com)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Colorado Trip Suggestions on 06/09/2013 22:41:30 MDT Print View

I will be in Colorado from July 5 - 20th. I am looking for trip suggestions for a 4 to 5 nights, 5 to 6 days hike averaging about 15 miles a day. I will be staying in Denver. My gracious, retired brother in law will drive me to a trailhead and will pick me up, so a loop is not required. Last summer I did the CDT through the Weminuche Wilderness. Although I will go back, I will give it a couple years. I can hike during the week to help mitigate crowds. I would appreciate any suggestions that fit my time frame and distance. Thanks!

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
CDT? on 06/11/2013 19:40:58 MDT Print View

Do the CDT portion from Salida to Twin Lakes. Lovely stretch of trail, relatively easy logistically (Drop off at Monarch Pass, pick up on HWY 82 by Twin Lakes).

~80-85 miles.

After you are done, you can easily go into Leadville for a well deserved meal.

Coming from the Denver metro area, Leadville is really easy to get to as well. The Leadville Hostel is really hiker friendly if you need to layover a night.

If you want to make it easy on your BIL, there is a bus from Leadville to Copper Mtn (off I70) daily IIRC.

Edited by PaulMags on 06/11/2013 19:50:03 MDT.

Edward Jursek
(nedjursek@gmail.com)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Colorado Trip Suggestions on 06/12/2013 22:03:05 MDT Print View

Thanks for the trip tip! Looks cool. I PM'd you a couple follow-up questions.