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Camping in Lake City / Campfires allowed at trailheads?

Postby 14er_Crazy » Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:37 pm

A couple of friends and I are looking to use Lake City as a base for doing Handies, Sunshine, Redcloud, and Uncompahgre over 3 days in late August before moving on to Sneffels. We'd like to camp somewhere where we can have a campfire. Moving from trailhead to trailhead seems best, but don't know if we can have campfires at the TH.

Does anyone have any experience doing this?

I'm not against staying in a hotel, so does anyone know of a good cheap place around Lake City if camping is out?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Camping in Lake City / Campfires allowed at trailheads?

Postby Jim Davies » Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:57 pm

All of the trailheads for those peaks have roadside campsites. Fire restrictions for that area were all ended recently, so campfires should be OK.
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Re: Camping in Lake City / Campfires allowed at trailheads?

Postby sad2 » Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:20 pm

14er_Crazy wrote:A couple of friends and I are looking to use Lake City as a base for doing Handies, Sunshine, Redcloud, and Uncompahgre over 3 days in late August before moving on to Sneffels. We'd like to camp somewhere where we can have a campfire. Moving from trailhead to trailhead seems best, but don't know if we can have campfires at the TH.

Does anyone have any experience doing this?

I'm not against staying in a hotel, so does anyone know of a good cheap place around Lake City if camping is out?

Thanks in advance!



Ravens Rest Hostel in Lake City is a good base camp if you decide not to camp.

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Re: Camping in Lake City / Campfires allowed at trailheads?

Postby 14er_Crazy » Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:31 pm

Jim Davies wrote:All of the trailheads for those peaks have roadside campsites. Fire restrictions for that area were all ended recently, so campfires should be OK.


Why were restrictions recently lifted? Is it wetter in August than July in the part of the state? I figure it would be drier. Just curious.
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Re: Camping in Lake City / Campfires allowed at trailheads?

Postby J-RockandRockpile » Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:33 pm

We have finally entered our summer Monsoonal pattern and a lot of counties have lifted their bans, not all counties.
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Re: Camping in Lake City / Campfires allowed at trailheads?

Postby climbing_rob » Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:35 pm

14er_Crazy wrote:
Jim Davies wrote:All of the trailheads for those peaks have roadside campsites. Fire restrictions for that area were all ended recently, so campfires should be OK.


Why were restrictions recently lifted? Is it wetter in August than July in the part of the state? I figure it would be drier. Just curious.
Recently it has been nice and wet (some rain nearly every day) over much of the CO mountains, so state-wide restrictions were lifted, and at least some counties bans were lifted. We checked Park and Chaffee counties, both had been lifted and we had nice, safe cozy campfires last weekend.

Nice. Camping w/o a campfire just ain't the same.

Basically, just check the particular county where you are going. I simply googled "park county fire restriction" and got my answer for Park county.

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Re: Camping in Lake City / Campfires allowed at trailheads?

Postby San Juan Ron » Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:54 pm

Why lifted? Because it rained virtually every day in July. SJ Ron

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