14er and backpacking trip...6/22

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14er and backpacking trip...6/22

Postby tlshields » Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:24 pm

Hello all,

I was planning on going on a 3 day backpacking trip around the maroon bells on the 4 pass loop. After talking to the rangers in the area, it sounds like less than fun. Does anyone have any ideas on a good backpacking trips that are accessible without snowshoes, excessive postholing, and for a dog? I'd like to go somewhere that is near or can include a 14er that is also hikeable. What about the Leadville/Buena Vista area? Holy Cross Wilderness? I'd prefer areas relatively near the I-70 corridor or even up to Steamboat.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: 14er and backpacking trip...6/22

Postby MtHurd » Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:09 pm

I can't imagine that the 4-Pass Loop would have that much snow. Maybe some but miserable, I doubt it. If you want to take a dog up one of the 14ers near the 4-Pass Loop, then that might be a problem but the dog should do fine on the trail. Your options beyond the 4-Pass Loop with your requirements might be very limited.
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Re: 14er and backpacking trip...6/22

Postby Jim Davies » Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:13 pm

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Re: 14er and backpacking trip...6/22

Postby seeitallbeforeidie » Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:10 pm

I love the Goose Creek-McCurdy Park-Hankins Pass loop in Lost Creek Wilderness. No 14ers, but very unique scenery. Did it back over memorial day weekend and there was already virtually no snow then.

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