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Elks 3 Day Backpack Suggestions

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Elks 3 Day Backpack Suggestions

Postby highplaces » Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:49 pm

I am planning a 3 day/2 night backpacking trip in the Elks. Ideally, I’d like to hike in and setup camp, climb something on Day 2 and hike out. But, I could be convinced to do a loop if it came highly recommended.

Scenery is key, I did the 4 Pass Loop in mid-June and wish I had more time just to sit around and take it all in, just magnificent. Looking to repeat scenery like that.

Ideas I’ve come up with include Hagerman from Geneva Lake and Cathedral from Cathedral Lake. But, the climb doesn’t have to be a centennial, I just started looking at the Roach book. Maybe something from Schofield Pass TH?

What are some great 3 day scenic backpacks in the Elks? (I think the answer may be point anywhere on the map!)

Re: Elks 3 Day Backpack Suggestions

Postby highplaces » Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:02 pm

More research has added these to the list of possibilties. Any suggestions or recommendations would be much appreciated.

-West Elk Peak, maybe turn it into a loop
-Something in the Ruby Range, again maybe a loop

Re: Elks 3 Day Backpack Suggestions

Postby lordhelmut » Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:16 pm

Conundrum Hot Springs hike (10 miles in) with a climb of Castlebra and other 13ers in the area.

Re: Elks 3 Day Backpack Suggestions

Postby highplaces » Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:14 pm

Thanks Lordhelmut for the suggestion. Decided to wait and let the smell of dead cow carcasses dissipate for a bit longer.

Ended up going into Cathedral Lake and camping. What a great spot, and 3 days of blue skies and rainfree weather was most exellent. Day 1, hiked in and setup camp, went up Cathedral. Day 2 went up Electric Peak, some of the way to Hayden, back to Electric, over to Leahy. Then down to the lake and tried our hand at a route up Malemute (once the footing got super sketchy we turned back). Day 3 went for a full moon early morning hike to Electric Peak to watch the sunrise and first light on Bells/Pyramid/Snowmass/Capitol/Elks. Cathedral Lake was busy during the day (great to see so many folks out enjoying the area), but by evening all was quiet, both nights there was only 1 other tent. Only route we saw people on was the trail to Electric Peak. A beauty area to spend a few days.

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