Backpack/Camp RMNP Upper Mill Creek Backcountry Campsite (All Skill Levels)

Though short notice, I have reopened this Meetup to RSVP's.  How to sign up: A. Put yourself on the RSVP waitlist. B. Fill out the google form: which includes CO Backpackers' liability waiver and some trip coordinating questions.  C. After you have done both parts (A) and (B), I will move you to the “Going” list and I will email you all the details.


Distance From Trailhead - 1.8 miles
Campsite Elevation 9,200 feet
Elevation Gain From Trailhead - 800 feet

Mill Creek Basin in Rocky Mountain National Park is an excellent site for first time backpackers since it is so close to Hollowell Park Trailhead. It is located in open woodlands with little underbrush, so it feels very expansive. The bridge over the stream used to access the campsite is a wonderful place to cook, eat and relax. The pit toilet has two walls for privacy. See:

There are many great trails and lakes to explore from this campsite, including shorter and day long hikes. 

There is no extra cost to attend this meetup. There is a cost to enter RMNP. Though there is no meetup or campsite cost, there are some requirements:

- A carry-in/carry-out bear resistant food storage canister is required, which can be rented or purchased at local sporting goods stores.
- We practice Leave No Trace ethics of minimal impact and carry out everything that we carry in.
-We need to purify our own water (I have equipment) and use stoves only as no fires are allowed.

I have this campsite reserved for the nights of Friday June 20, Saturday June 21, and Sunday June 22. My plan is to depart for the campsite Friday morning at about 10 am, and to return Sunday afternoon. I'd prefer that we all backpack up together on Friday. There is schedule flexibility for those who might want to return home earlier or later on Sunday, or stay until Monday. 

For further info on backcountry camping at RMNP, see 

RMNP allows a maximum of seven (7) people at this campsite. I have one person coming with me so far, so have room for five more.

How to sign up: A. Put yourself on the RSVP waitlist.
B. Fill out the google form: which includes CO Backpackers' liability waiver and some trip coordinating questions.  
C. After you have done both parts (A) and (B), I will move you to the “Going” list and I will email you all the details.

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  • Jeff D.

    Your video is ready

    July 4

  • bill z.

    You guys were great. Thanks for your patience for my first time backpacking wife and for putting up with me. The first night she said never again and the last day she asked when we were gonna do it again. Go figure?

    June 23, 2014

  • Greg B

    A lot of fun. I think we all had a good time. Great group of people! Hopefully we can do more outings together over time.

    1 · June 22, 2014

    • Mary

      Thank Greg! it was certainly a lot of fun :)

      June 22, 2014

  • Mary

    I had a blast, Great company! :)

    June 22, 2014

  • David M.

    Campsite wasn't too bad, day hikes in RMNP were great, and my fellow hikers were even better. I had a great time!

    June 22, 2014

  • Cathy R.

    Sorry I made other plans. Please give my spot to someone else. Thanks. Have a great time!

    June 11, 2014

  • bill z.

    Suggested itinerary:
    I'd like to do a 12 mile day hike on Saturday like the loop to Helene, Odessa, Fern Lakes & Cub lakes. Never been up there, it looks great. The hike to Flattop Mtn. is a good one also (around 10 mi.) Both hikes are at least intermediate level with some elevation gain. Since Friday is a short day, a visit to Bierstadt or Bear lake area is a possibility. I'm more of a hiker than a sit around the campfire kind a person. A morning hike on Sunday would be nice, before we return to the trailhead.

    June 9, 2014

  • bill z.

    You might want to canvass the tribe to as to what they are capable of doing.

    I'm open to having a meeting beforehand to discuss the options.

    Also, if anyone is interested in Ultralight Backpacking, there is a meeting open to anyone at Neptune Mountaineering, Boulder, CO at 6:00 pm. tomorrow. Several members of Boulder Lightpackers will be displaying their gear (usually under 15 lbs base weight).

    June 9, 2014

  • Jaye

    Just found out my family is organizing a party for my dad's birthday sat of this weekend. Big family reunion. So I unfortunately will have to be there and not here! Hope to see you all on another trip!

    May 1, 2014

  • Cathy R.

    Thought I was already on the going list but I don't see me.

    April 24, 2014

    • Greg B

      I will put you on the list. I initially chose those who did both using time stamps. But it's not a perfect process.

      April 24, 2014

  • Cathy R.

    I went ahead and completed the form again so hopefully this will work out.

    April 24, 2014

  • Zane f.

    Are dogs welcomed?

    March 6, 2014

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