Backpack Rocky Mountain National Park

  • June 22, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Let's get out and do an overnight backpacking trip in Rocky Mountain National Park.

We will be camping at Sandbeach Lake. The trail is a little over 4 miles long with about 2000 ft of elevation gain.  It crosses two creeks.  A water purification device and cook stove are necessary (unless you aren't cooking).

I heard there is a lot of snow coverage above 8500 ft across the front range. Bring your own food. Micro spikes, hiking poles, and water proof boots are some suggestions, but you could get by with just hiking boots.  A Bear canister is required in Rocky Mountain National Park.  If you don't have one, you can rent one at REI and various other outdoor stores in Denver, Boulder, or Estes Park.  The ranger recommends testing out your bear canister before arriving to ensure all your food fits in the canister.

Informative links from RMNP:

http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/upload/backcountry_camping_guide_2012.pdf

http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm

You can post carpool information in your RSVP comments: where are you leaving from, how many riders you can take with you, or if you want a ride.

There is a $20 administrative fee for our group to go backpacking, so if you bring small bills to the trail-head, it will make it easier to split the cost.  There is a 3 tent limit at our designated campsite, so some of us may need to share a tent.

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  • David H.

    Sweet video Jeff , great music choice ,, Thanks for putting that together ...!! Cheers David

    June 25, 2013

  • Jeff D.

    Has everyone uploaded your photos ... I would like to finish your video tomorrow if you have... if you haven't let me know... thanks

    June 24, 2013

  • David H.

    Perfect last minute meetup , Nice weather , spectacular scenery and fine people to share the journey .. Thanks all and happy trails..!!

    June 24, 2013

    • Ananda

      I couldn't have said it any better. Thank you for joining us, David. What a great trip with a fun group!

      1 · June 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I had such a great time! Thank you Ananda for hosting and to all of you for making it such a rewarding trip!

      June 24, 2013

  • David H.

    I looked at the map and it looks like the trail starts at the park entrance station near the highway rather than the ranger station a couple miles up the dirt road. Where should we meet? Thanks ,,, David

    June 21, 2013

    • Ananda

      If you meet us at the ranger station where I am getting the permit, I can give you your parking permit.

      June 21, 2013

    • Ananda

      It may also save us $20 for the entry fee.

      June 21, 2013

  • Ananda

    Ilana and I will be riding with Brian and will be at the Ranger Station around 9 AM.

    June 21, 2013

  • Ananda

    Here is weather information for this weekend. 40s at night and a high of 80 at the trailhead. It is unlikely to rain until 3pm sunday: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=40.21912598956439&lon=-105.60067176818848#.UcTIePkd6pa

    June 21, 2013

  • David H.

    Im heading up from Boulder,,,, will meet U all at Ranger Station 9Am Sat morning. I have a parks pass so can drive into the fee area without day fee.
    Sandbeach Lake sounds great and Ive never been there before.

    June 21, 2013

  • Jeff D.

    to keep up to date on fires: http://www.inciweb.org/

    June 20, 2013

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