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Hiking in Colorado

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Hiking in Colorado

Last year some friends and I spent a week doing day hikes in and around Zion. This year we are planning another trip and are looking for suggestions on where to go. Not looking for backpacking (my knees can't take that anymore :) ). Looking for a place to base ourselves out of and do a number of day hikes. We like pretty challenging stuff. We would be hiking in October. Is that too late in the season for Colorado?

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks

Mike

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1. Re: Hiking in Colorado

So many places in Colorado. If early October, you should have some vey lit up forests (fall colors).

Steamboat Springs is in the NW corner of Colorado. You would have access to 2 wilderness areas: Mt Zirkel W and Flattops W, plus 2 mt passes just outside of town to hike: Buffalo Pass and Rabbit Ears. The scenic byway thru the Flattops is amazing in the fall. Colors and scenery, over Dunkley and Ripple Creek passes is spectacular. This is my local area. I'm sure a few others can give you some places to checkout in Summit County or the San Juans. No wrong choices!

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Early in October you'll usually see pretty nice weather during the daytime with cool to cold mornings and evenings, but later in the month you're more likely to start seeing cold and/or snowy weather in the mountains. Hiking can still be good, though, if you're dressed right. However, be prepared for any weather conditions at any time. Early in October you may still catch some aspen showing off their fall colors. colorado-hiking-vacations.com/colorado-fall-…

Rocky Mountain National Park would be a likely spot, as would Ouray or Telluride, Crested Butte, Durango, Aspen, Summit County... If you're going later in the month you might consider basing in Grand Junction or Montrose. If the weather's nice you'd have access to mountain trails; if it's too cold in the mountains you have Colorado National Monument and McGinnis Canyons, or the Curecanti Natl Rec. Area & Gunnison Gorge Natl Conservation area and the Black Canyon. Another spot for late October would be Moab.

http://www.ouraytrails.org/

http://www.visitgrandjunction.com/take-hike

visitgrandjunction.com/get-outside-ings-have…

www.visitmontrose.com/index.aspx?NID=92

blm.gov/co/st/en/nca/mcnca/wilderness.html

summitcountyexplorer.com/HIKES/…20Trail.htm

www.visittelluride.com/things-to-do/hiking

Edited: 06 April 2013, 15:48
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3. Re: Hiking in Colorado

I thought of the Curecanti area near Gunnison as well/Black Canyon areas.

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Rocky Mountain National Park is a hiker's paradise with over 350 miles of trails. Add in the trails in the surrounding Roosevelt National Forest and Indian Peaks Wilderness area and the opportunities are almost limitless. www.nps.gov/romo

protrails.com/area/rocky-mountain-national-p…

protrails.com/area/indian-peaks-wilderness-a…

Plus, RMNP is routinely voted the #1 place in Colorado to see wildlife. The peak of elk rut is mid-September to mid-October and they will be everywhere.

Ideally, to easily explore both sides of RMNP and the surrrounding area, split your lodging time between Estes Park (town literally adjacent to the east side) and Grand Lake (town literally adjacent to the west side). Plan for early October if possible. The weather at upper elevations can start to get "iffy" the later in October you go.

www.estesparkcvb.com

www.grandlakechamber.com

Elk rut in Estes Park attracts plenty of people especially on weekends, but those folks are there to see the elk not hike the trails. You frequently have trails (especially the more challenging ones) all to yourself during the week. The favorite hikes in RMNP are east side trails. West side trails provide the best chances for viewing moose.

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