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Robb Watts
(rwatts) - M

Locale: Western PA
Fly in and backpack on 06/18/2013 09:47:03 MDT Print View

Does anyone have any experience and/or recommendations on flying to a western (CA? CO?) destination and hiring/using a shuttle service to get to a wilderness area?

I would like to find somewhere that I could fly in and be shuttled to the mountains
(and back!) for a 6 or 7 day backpacking trip. I'm assuming this would be cheaper than renting a car but maybe not.

I'm from the East coast and I've seen most of the woods within 8 hours of my house multiple times. Ready for something awe inspiring (preferably without things that can eat me).

Dean L
(AldoLeopold) - F

Locale: Great Lakes
Re: Fly in and backpack on 06/18/2013 10:23:24 MDT Print View

You could fly into Durango Colorado, take the train into the San Juans and hike back on the CT to Durango.


Edited by AldoLeopold on 06/18/2013 11:08:08 MDT.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Fly in and backpack on 06/18/2013 12:26:11 MDT Print View

From Durango, take the train to the stop for the Chicago Basin. Just tell conductor when you get on.
Hike in, kick around, hike back to the tracks and flag the train.

And Durango is a pretty good place to hang.

From the Reno airport catch the bus south on 395 to Lone Pine, Bishop, or Mammoth Lakes.
Whitney Shuttles will take you to any number of trailheads for the Sierras.

Or fly directly into Mammoth if money isn't an issue, take the bus up the hill and hike the PCT or JMT as an OutAndBack. Don't worry, it won't look the same coming back....

(Peter's Township here.)

Edited by greg23 on 06/18/2013 12:31:02 MDT.

Robb Watts
(rwatts) - M

Locale: Western PA
Fly and hike on 06/18/2013 13:29:57 MDT Print View

Thanks for the suggestions.

Flights to Mammoth are only a couple hundred more that to Durango, what's to see
in that area of California? (Been to Colorado and Utah a few times - always mountain
biking though, never backpacking)

Time to study the options and compare costs (or just spend another weeks vacation
in Roaring Plains).

Upper St Clair

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Fly and hike on 06/18/2013 16:12:56 MDT Print View

If you can get a room at Red's Meadow you'll be ahead on Day One trail time.
If not, Mammoth works and is cheaper and has much better food.

Take the bus to Red's Meadow and go north on the JMT. (It's easy to get lost in the maze of trails around Red's and the Devil's Post Pile. Ask for directions at the store.)

Aim for Garnet Lake and Thousand Island Lake.
A National Geographic Trails Illustrated #809 will get you oriented.
Google Earth will provide perspective.

They are Stunning, popular and a little busy. But if you head a half mile west of either one you will be by yourself. Cross country is easy. There is a lot to see. And if you like it, scout a bit, look at the maps, and you'll find a decade of travels in amazing country.

Or for a little more solitude look at the Minaret Creek/Shadow Creek/JMT loop.

You'll need a backcountry permit, but that can be covered later if you decide to go.


Edited by greg23 on 06/18/2013 16:27:50 MDT.

Joseph K
Tetons on 06/19/2013 19:54:56 MDT Print View

Grant Teton National Park is also very doable. Did a trip similar to what you're mentioning last year. Take a cab from the airport to teton village (20 minutes) and you can either ride the tram up or hike up to start on the teton crest. Get picked up 3-4 days later from Jenny Lake. Awesome trip, highly recommend it.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Fly in and backpack on 06/19/2013 20:25:39 MDT Print View

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Mt. Rainier NP, Olympic NP and North Cascades are all outstanding destinations within shuttle distance from SeaTac.