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post #1 of 19 Old 02-10-2011, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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The Big Trip

So, I will be embarking on a great journey this summer. I am probably going to get a whole bunch of lectures on why this is a bad idea and suchforth. Yeah yeah, I know, but this is the plan and I will be sticking to it as of right now.

So, with that being said, here is the plan. I am going to be going on a solo road/camping/hiking trip from my home town of San Antonio to the great state of Colorado. The plan is to go bare minimum with no hotels or anything like that for two weeks. Every night will be spent either in a tent off somewhere in the woods or the passenger seat of the loyal Jeep.

My reason for posting all this up here is I would love to get some ideas/feedback on open trails and hiking/camping locations. While stopped on the hiking portion of the trip, it will be two to three day little jaunts out into the woods with everything on my back. Nothing too extreme so it should not be very difficult.

I want to drive up and enter Colorado down by the South Western corner of the state and work my way up and around to exit the South East. Any advice, suggestions, concerns, questions, or requests please comment and let me know.

Thanks guys/gals!

Oh, and just so yall know, the trip is planned for June 18 - July 3. I have all the gear I will need due to backpacking trips but if there is anything that comes to mind please let me know!

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Yes, I have a hand-held GPS to make sure I'm always on track and I hopefully will be borrowing the SAT phone from my friend for the two weeks. I do have a little solar panel to charge my normal cell phone while out on the trail.

Thanks for the advice, I'll for sure look into getting one!

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I've got an uncle who is a retailer, but out here in SLC, so I'm probably not much help.

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Every little thing helps! Does he have a website or anything?

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Davis mountains / McDonald observatory should be your first stop.

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Thanks for the link Nick!

And the observatory is pretty sweet, my family and I went to one of the night shows when I was little. Thanks Cooper. Im hopefully going to get a map drawn up with all my stops fairly soon.

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Noted, thanks man! Keep 'em coming!

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Go through Pueblo, through Colorado Springs, through Cañon City and Gunnison, and wind up near the Taylor Reservoir.... Or you could turn north at Selida then head west toward St. Elmo and take Tincup Pass to the Taylor Reservoir area. Find Texas Creek and take the trail on the north side of the creek (FS 755) for the best trail side camping experience. Absolutely beautiful and near the Taylor Park trading post if you need fuel/food. Lost of stuff to explore in this area, including American Flag Mountain. Then go north on the gravel road (FS 742) and take Taylor Pass over to Aspen and you can get access to the highway.

My wife (at the time GF) and I did a similar trip a few year ago in my Rubi. Was a blast, but always found a place to camp, no sleeping in the Jeep. Find some spots you want to stop, and buy the Maps form the USFS and Latitude 40.

EDIT: You are going very early and the passes I mention will probably be snowed shut. Still an excellent camping location.

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Wow, thanks for all that info! Sounds great. I'll research everything and come up with a flexable plan of action. I'm already getting so excited for this it's crazy. Thanks again, I'll look up those trails.

ADDED: So those will probably still be shut? Any place to call or check online of their status before I depend apon them? And my good friend said to spend atleast one day hiking American Basin. Know anything about it?

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Wow, thanks for all that info! Sounds great. I'll research everything and come up with a flexable plan of action. I'm already getting so excited for this it's crazy. Thanks again, I'll look up those trails.

ADDED: So those will probably still be shut? Any place to call or check online of their status before I depend apon them? And my good friend said to spend atleast one day hiking American Basin. Know anything about it?
http://bushducks.com/tripreps/passopen.htm

I don't know much about the hiking. I did day trips on snow shoes when I lived in Vail, but other than that, I drove the Jeep. American Basin is in the San Juan area, around Ouray/Lake City/Silverton/Telluride. Lots of good trails to pick from out there: Engineer Pass, Cinnamon Pass, Stony Pass, Imogene Pass, Black Bear Pass, Hurrican Pass, Poughkeepsie Gulch.... Probably the most scenic part of CO, but fewer options as far as trail side camping availably.

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Sweet. Yeah, I want the trip to be mostly the hiking/camping with some fun trails thrown between the stops. It should be a fun adventure.

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Bump. Anyone else have locations? Any and all input is wanted!

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