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Camping near Aspen

Postby COBuckeye » Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:54 am

I will be going up to Aspen next weekend (9/25-9/27) to camp. I prefer dispersed camping along 4WD roads as this is free and usually a bit more secluded. Anyone have any good suggestions?
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Re: Camping near Aspen

Postby SkiNowWorkLater » Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:47 pm

Lincoln Creek Road off of Independence Pass has about 20 designated camp sites along a dirt road and then a few more sites down by Grizzly Resevoir.

Castle Creek Road has I think 7 designated sites along the first 2 miles of the road on the way up to Montezuma Basin and Castle and Conundrum peaks.

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Re: Camping near Aspen

Postby peter303 » Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:56 pm

Their name-sake tree puts on their greatest show of the year
just about now which draws thousands to the area.
Theres several formal campgrounds from Twin Lakes
to Apsen. Two small ones on the Aspen side of Independence Pass.
Informal camping at a few spots along 82.
Theres a forest campground at Maroon Bells. Informal spots along the
Castle 4WD road.

Several of the forewst land spots mentioned in Roach's book are no longer
accessible because the the rich people next to the forest lands
have had them closed. NIMBY you backcountry riff-raff!

Indpendence Pass is subject to intermittent weather closures at this time.

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Re: Camping near Aspen

Postby COBuckeye » Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:34 am

Thanks for the advice. I also heard that there have been a lot of bear "incidents" in the Aspen area this summer. Is this true? Any advice regarding this other than bear bagging food?
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Re: Camping near Aspen

Postby traderaaron » Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:51 am

COBuckeye wrote:Thanks for the advice. I also heard that there have been a lot of bear "incidents" in the Aspen area this summer. Is this true? Any advice regarding this other than bear bagging food?


Very true. Especially if you are right in Aspen. I was up there a couple weeks ago and there was a bear on Main Street up in a tree. And another home break in occurred a week ago I think.

But I think you are more likely to see these bears closer in to town this time of year.

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Re: Camping near Aspen

Postby cheeseburglar » Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:53 am

I can't remember hearing of a single bear incident this summer that involved a camper or hiker.
Having a shop full of fur, reading on your deck, setting the pot roast on the dining room table, or having a fridge full of food seem to attract bears.
You should be fine with normal precautions. If you fire up the bbq, you might want to have the camera at the ready.
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Re: Camping near Aspen

Postby Fiemus » Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:27 pm

cheeseburglar wrote:I can't remember hearing of a single bear incident this summer that involved a camper or hiker.


Try this thread: http://www.14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=21265&hilit=snowmass

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Re: Camping near Aspen

Postby cheeseburglar » Fri Sep 18, 2009 1:02 pm

Fiemus wrote:
cheeseburglar wrote:I can't remember hearing of a single bear incident this summer that involved a camper or hiker.


Try this thread: http://www.14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=21265&hilit=snowmass


I don't really consider a bear eating a platypus to be an incident.
The platypus isn't even an endangered species, is it?
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Re: Camping near Aspen

Postby Jim Davies » Fri Sep 18, 2009 1:04 pm

Besides, that was probably closer to Crested Butte.
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Re: Camping near Aspen

Postby COBuckeye » Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:59 pm

Is there any camping along Maroon Creek Road?
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Re: Camping near Aspen

Postby Knockneed Man » Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:03 pm

Yes, the Silver Bell and several other campgrounds. I think they're still open now, but you may want to check with the forest service.

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Re: Camping near Aspen

Postby Jim Davies » Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:43 pm

Some of the campgrounds between Aspen and Independence Pass will be closing this weekend.
The Weller, Lost Man and Lincoln Gulch campgrounds up Independence Pass will stay open through Sept. 27 instead of closing right after Labor Day Weekend.

Difficult Campground also will be open through Sept. 27, one week later than originally planned.

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