4 day three night loop

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Re: 4 day three night loop

Postby CG_old » Wed May 13, 2009 5:54 am

PS: That's not my photo... it was from Summitpost and taken by Jack Brauer. One of the coolest shots of Lone Eagle I've ever seen for sure! :-)
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Re: 4 day three night loop

Postby Steve Gio » Fri Jun 05, 2009 7:54 pm

Hi Chris, Saw your post on this loop and wanted a little advise. The ranger feels we are bitting off too much to do this loop as planned.

Plan is to start at long lake trailhead and camp first night at Crater Lake. Next day hike over Buchanan pass and up to Red Deer Lake and camp there. Final day down to beaver creek trail and out.

Would you say this is doable? What is the route and time frame you did. Just me andmy wife. We are pretty quich hikers even fully loaded and live in lakewood.


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Re: 4 day three night loop

Postby CG_old » Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:28 pm

I replied to Steve's PM, but figured I'd also reply here in case anyone was interested...

Hi Steve,

I'd say totally reasonable, especially if you're acclimated and quick, as you say. It took me just over 9 hours to do the loop (that was running, so no heavy pack to contend with)... and that was at the end of a 150 mile training week, including 35 miles on the Leadville 100 course the day before... so I was running on really tired legs. Based on that time compared to similar backpacking trips I've both run and backpacked, I'd say 3 days to backpack it is totally reasonable.

We did the same route, minus the trip to Crater lake... though we did it counter-clockwise vs clockwise. I'm not sure that matters. The climbs going clockwise are more gradual to the passes and the descents will be steeper off the passes than CCW.

It's a really pretty trip, you guys will have a great time! Let me know if you need any more info on it!

- Chris

This was our route, minus the Crater lake jaunt:

Pawnee Pass - Buchanan Pass w Lone Eagle-small.jpg
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