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Chasm Junction Spring Hike

Chasm Junction Spring Hike

Today I hiked up to Chasm Junction from the Longs Peak Trailhead in RMNP. The trail is about 75% hardpacked snow / 25% dry for the first half mile, then is all hardpacked snow until the 2 mile mark. I would highly recommend snowshoes starting at the 2 mile mark near treeline (where the winter trail separates from the summer one, and goes steeply up). I didn’t bring mine but wished I did – lots of arduous post-holing above treeline….

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Backpacking to Bluebird Lake – Upper Ouzel Creek Campsite

Backpacking to Bluebird Lake – Upper Ouzel Creek Campsite

This one night backpacking trip took advance planning. We made this reservation request the minute that reservations opened online for backcountry sites in Rocky Mountain National Park back in February or March. Although there were many “maybe’s” from interested friends to join us, it ended up being just two of us to make this trip. We set off from the Wild Basin Trailhead around 4pm… to be continued.

RMNP Six Lakes Loop: Bear, Helene, Odessa, Fern, Cub & Bierstadt

RMNP Six Lakes Loop: Bear, Helene, Odessa, Fern, Cub & Bierstadt

We started on the trail at Bear Lake around 6:50am. The parking lot at Glacier Gorge had just a few spots left when we drove by it at 6:41 – better get there early if you want to park at Glacier Gorge! The trail headed up for a half mile toward Flattop Mountain and we turned left at the Bierstadt junction to keep heading up. About a half mile later, we turned right at the next junction to head toward Lake…

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Twin Lakes, Mount Orton, Chiefs Head Peak, Snowbank Lake & Lion Lakes

Twin Lakes, Mount Orton, Chiefs Head Peak, Snowbank Lake & Lion Lakes

We started at Wild Basin trailhead in RMNP around 6am and hiked for about a mile before turning right to take the shortcut trail past a string of backcountry campsites. After passing the junction with the trail coming from Ouzel Falls, we continued on toward Thunder Lake for a few hundred yards before reaching Siskin backcountry site. We turned right off-trail just past Siskin and bushwhacked north to Twin Lakes. The lakes were quite hidden within the trees and we…

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Thatchtop Mountain, Solitude Lake, Shelf Lake & Mills Lake

Thatchtop Mountain, Solitude Lake, Shelf Lake & Mills Lake

Glacier Gorge trailhead in RMNP (parking lot full at 6:45am) -> Fire Trail -> Left at Mills/Loch junction -> As soon as you cross the first bridge, turn right off trail and follow social path 0.27 miles to steep grassy/rocky ramp. Ascend ramp, then look to the right for the start of the S-Gully across a pile of boulders. Ascend the scree filled S-Gully, follow cairns through krummholz, and then cross the open tundra/talus to the summit of Thatchtop. It’s…

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