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:
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.