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Old 06-12-2010, 08:30 PM
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My College age Kid is meeting his girlfriend at the Denver Airport Next Week and he wants to know from the locals where the best place to go Backpacking is, within 1 hour of Denver??? Prefer Senic ,1st time to Colorado
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Old 06-12-2010, 09:54 PM
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By the way were from The Georgia Cruisers, He wants to see some Real Mountains!!!
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Old 06-12-2010, 10:35 PM
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Not much within an hour of the city. But, if they're willing to drive a little longer, Rocky Mountain National Park would be great for first timers to the mtns. Excellent scenery. Just tell them to be prepared for the elevation. drink lots of h2o, stay hydrated, and pack it in, pack it out.
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Old 06-13-2010, 06:33 AM
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Rocky Mountain is a good suggestion, might be busy but good support with maps and trail heads. Would be very pretty up there, for sure a good place to send newbies to Colorado.

How long of a trail are they looking to do, how many days?

Within an hour of town I would be thinking Lost Creek Wilderness for backpacking. Goose Creek trail is a trade route amongst hikers and for something about 20 miles include McCurdy Park and Lake Park to make about a 3 night loop. Would be less busy than RMNP and pretty in a different way. Less alpine, more spires.
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There is a lot of public land south of RMNP that is good too. West of highway 72 all the way up to the Divide is beautiful. Some of it is wilderness and requires a permit for camping. It is pretty high up and with the weather we've had this weekend, There will likley be some fresh snow.
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Also you could have him check out Golden Gate Canyon state park. Just west of Golden Colorado by about 30 minutes. Great hiking, camping facilities.

http://parks.state.co.us/parks/golde...StatePark.aspx

Great spot for first time to Colorado, because you an also visit Golden, a great old town, home of Coors Brewery..

For just a little further from DIA (2.5 hours) but very do-able in a short trip, he could head to Winter Park via I70/40 and then head to Grand Lake to camp on the west side foothills of the Rocky Mountain National Park. Grand Lake and Winter Park are great towns to visit.

There is a great camping area, called Winding River, just opposite the highway at Grand Lake..Winding river

http://www.windingriverresort.com/

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There is a lot of public land south of RMNP that is good too. West of highway 72 all the way up to the Divide is beautiful. Some of it is wilderness and requires a permit for camping. It is pretty high up and with the weather we've had this weekend, There will likley be some fresh snow.
Yea - I'd say the Indian Peaks Wilderness would be a great choice. If they're college age, they'll probably want to check out Boulder, and then a quick drive west to Nederland. Peak to Peak highway travels north-south, and there are tons of options to the west. You can contact the Roosevelt National Forest service office for some specific trails/camping. Camp Dick (for one) is a popular departure location, plus you can cruise along Middle St Vrain trail for a bit of 4-wheelin' as well before departing on foot.
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My College age Kid is meeting his girlfriend at the Denver Airport Next Week and he wants to know from the locals where the best place to go Backpacking is, within 1 hour of Denver??? Prefer Senic ,1st time to Colorado
He can access the Mt Evans Wilderness from Cub Creek Trail and this is within 1 hour of downtown Denver.

Directions: I-70 West to Evergreen Parkway exit (#252 Hwy 74) to downtown Evergreen take Hwy 73 to Brookforest Road (Hwy 78) about 6 miles to Cub Creek Trailhead on right. You can park there or I be glad to let you park at my house less than 2 miles from trailhead and get them over there.

No congestion, you'll be luck to see anyone after you enter the wilderness area.

Mt. Evans Wilderness = http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/psicc/recrea...ans_wild.shtml

Map = http://www.natgeomaps.com/ti_104
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climb greys torreys, buffalo..etc. lots of stuff round breck.
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I second nederland general area, way cooler stuff down south/southwest, but that kills the 1 hour of denver.
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