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Alright i think we need a thread for camping, if you have a favorite camping area share it. I need some new ideas for this summer! last summer I Went to Gunella Pass right out side of George town. If you take the pass road all the way to the other side there are a few great back packing trails.
So if you are looking to do some backpacking and want to experience some solitude, hit up the Flat Tops Wilderness southwest of steamboat/north of glenwood. Its the most remote mountain range in the state, and if you are into fishing, holds the largest concentration of native cutthroat trout in the southern rockies. incredible area.
Also, lets get into posting up pics over the summer of dope spots - keep a type of camping log.
You can take montezuma rd right past keystone up the valley, and there are a few spots that turn into dirt roads and you can camp around there. They are very nice, the pull offs are BEFORE the small town of montezuma
there's a cool waterfall coming out of mohawk lakes...just start at the spruce creek trailhead and go up the gultch between pacific and crystal peaks, it's pretty easy hike as long as the trail is clear.
Can't remember the highway number.. But the road from Granby to Walden has nice camping (no not trail ridge rd). Strawberry park near tabernash.. Any 4x4 trail near telluride or Ouray.. Many spots off the road north of Nederland near the CSU observatory or whatever it is..
Didn't see this post.. I know of about 5 cabins you can stay in.. unless squatters are in them.. all are in amazing locations and relatively comfortable.. ill make a map this week and post it for anyone interested.. most of these cabins are near green mountain res... Hot sulphur springs.. grand lake.. and devils thumb
also in the front range, there's a buttload of falls in RMNP. bridal veil, timberline, and lost falls are all really cool and less crowded if you want something with a hike. if you wanted to do multiple calypso cascade and ouzel falls are on the same hike and could be combined with something higher up if you're feeling saucy. the big thing with rocky to remember, if you hike more than 3 miles you'll see little to no traffic with the exceptions of flattop mountain and longs peak, heck on the less popular trailheads, anything longer than 2 will get you that nice secluded feeling. also, big one...the bear lake trailhead is nuts on summer weekends, if you can't get there before 7am then you should scrap your plans for something else.
Twin Lakes up near Pingree Park. Just make sure you have a car that can handle a steep fire road. You can camp pretty much anywhere around the lake. It might get a little crowded up there for the 4th though so claim your spot early. The lake is right there (not sure if I'd swim in it though) with amazing views of The Mummy Range.
Sucks that you only have weekends off and I never have weekends off.
Caroline, what's the name of the meadow above Pingree Park where the fireroad/trail tops out? There's an awesome campground just to the right along the stream there called Jupiter Campground or something?
Also, I forgot to mention one of my favorits that's close to Fort Collins. The campgrounds on Grey's Peak up the Poudre Canyon are pretty sweet.. If you hike up the main trail (not the longer "Meadows" trail route) for a few miles, it flattens out where the Meadow trail meets the main trail before you climb up to the peak. Instead of taking a right (south) and heading up toward the scramble to the peak, continue straight off the main trail (there's a faint one already there). Go through the through the light bushes, and you'll see some really nicely built fire pits. If you catch it on the right night, you can hear shows from the Mishawaka Amphitheater. If you bring your climbing gear, there's some bolted sport routes almost feet from the campsites too.