Looking for trip location ideas the last week of Sept
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Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Looking for trip location ideas the last week of Sept on 08/26/2013 07:42:01 MDT Print View

I am looking for trip ideas for the last week of September with as many big views above tree line hiking as possible. I had thought about Emigrant Wilderness but it sounds like that may be off the table due to the fires. I have done JMT, the Winds, and Rocky Mtn NP in the past and would like something similar. I can fly into any major airport (Denver, San Fran, Las Vegas, SLC, etc.). I am planning on flying out on Thurs Sept 26 and returning on Tues Oct 1.

Thanks

Ben Crocker
(alexdrewreed) - M

Locale: Kentucky
Looking for trip location ideas the last week of Sept on 08/26/2013 08:14:05 MDT Print View

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: Looking for trip location ideas the last week of Sept on 08/26/2013 12:13:24 MDT Print View

It looks like a beautiful location. Is it about 5 hours from Colorado Springs?

Any perticular loop that you recomend?

Would the weather be too unpredictable this late in the year at that elevation?

Edited by Mocs123 on 08/27/2013 07:45:25 MDT.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: Looking for trip location ideas the last week of Sept on 08/29/2013 06:12:17 MDT Print View

No other suggestions? I need to at least book my flight this weekend. So far I have looked at flying into:

Colorado Springs
Denver
San Fransico
Salt Lake City
Las Vegas
Reno

I can get to all of those places by noon on Thursday 9/26 (except Colorado Springs, can't get there until 7pm). I need to fly back on Tuesday morning 10/1 (which I can do from any of those).

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re on 08/29/2013 06:15:18 MDT Print View

I am partial to the Trinity Alps...

alan york
(alanyork9) - MLife

Locale: PIEDMONT N.C.
Re: Re on 08/29/2013 06:35:38 MDT Print View

If you have not done them....Grand Canyon and Zion are amazing!Glad you are hitting the trail !

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: Re: Re on 09/01/2013 08:11:17 MDT Print View

It looks like the closest major airport to the Trinity Alps is Sacramento? They look great, would we be relatively safe from smoke and ash from the Rim fire? How would the weather be in late September?

I have never been to Zion or the Grand Canyon and they seem relatively close to Las Vegas for air travel. Interesting options for sure. From the NPS website it looks like it might be 85-90* during the day? Does that sound correct?

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Trinity Alps in September on 09/01/2013 08:32:20 MDT Print View

Sacramento is your closest airport. Only 4 acres burned so far this season there. Big fire near Willow Creek, so there has been smoke. Late September and October are a wonderful tine of year up there. Still warm during the days nice nights. Very little chance of rain.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: Re: Trinity Alps in September on 09/01/2013 13:13:06 MDT Print View

Is there a good map out there? I didn't see anything on Tom Harrison's site or from Trails Illustrated.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Trinity Alps in September on 09/01/2013 16:10:36 MDT Print View

"Is there a good map out there? I didn't see anything on Tom Harrison's site or from Trails Illustrated."

We like it like that up here. You'll have to peruse online maps and trip reports.

What are your cross country skills like? What kind of mileage do you want to do per day?

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: Re: Trinity Alps in September on 09/01/2013 16:40:40 MDT Print View

I have done some off trail work in Wind River Range and Rocky Mountain National Park, but not a ton. I went from Island Lake over Knapsack Col and down to Peak Lake in WRR and in RMNP I went from Lost Lake over Mt. Dunraven and skirted Mummy Mountain to Lawn Lake.

I would be flying in around noon on Thursday so probably a short day. On Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday I would be looking for 15 miles a day and then drive back to near the airport Monday night so I could fly out early the next morning.