Planning an Adventure | AllTrails
Colorado Mountain Pack Blog
by Joanna Lee
5M ago
The first step in any adventure is choosing a destination to explore. Whether you are going out with your family or embarking on a solo adventure, you want to be as prepared as possible. This includes: details about your route, the weather forecast, recent conditions and much more. The AllTrails app is a great resource for all this information. I use this app to plan and feel prepared for all my adventures. AllTrails was founded on the basis that nature makes us all the best version of ourselves; they promote recreating safely, responsibly and respectfully. Their mission is “to kindle the spir ..read more
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Hoosier Ridge
Colorado Mountain Pack Blog
by Joanna Lee
5M ago
July 18, 2023 Hoosier Ridge | 13,352 feet Route: from Hoosier Pass 9.5 miles; 3000 feet elevation gain Total time: 5 hours 30 minutes Hidden gem 13ers are my favorite mountains to climb because of their beauty and solitude. This mountain isn't on AllTrails and at first glance most people will think I am writing about the popular and easy loop off Hoosier Pass. This mountain sits off the other side of Hoosier Pass along with a few other 13ers. We started at 6am and were shockingly the first car in the Hoosier Pass parking lot. This hike is very straightforward but there is a downloadable .gpx f ..read more
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Mount Massive
Colorado Mountain Pack Blog
by Joanna Lee
5M ago
May 29, 2023 Mount Massive via Southwest Slopes | 14,427 feet Route: AllTrails 7 miles; 4335 feet elevation gain Total time: 7 hours Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer in my mind, but Colorado doesn't usually agree. This was the first Memorial Day weekend in a few years that it hasn't snowed so in our minds, we got lucky. The mountains are starting to melt after a long snowy winter but there is still a lot of snow hanging on. Prior to heading out we read the most recent trip reports to determine if the route was safe and to assess what gear we would need to carry. Snowshoes were no ..read more
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Missouri Mountain
Colorado Mountain Pack Blog
by Joanna Lee
5M ago
September 8, 2023 Missouri Mountain | 14,071 feet Route: Northwest Ridge 10.5 miles; 4576 feet elevation gain Total time: 5 hours 10 minutes Missouri Mountain has a reputation in the 14ers world, most people either love it or hate it. Those who hate it nickname it 'Misery Mountain'. Well, I am happy to say I loved it. I thought this mountain was a great challenge in terms of distance and elevation gain while not exceeding class two terrain. And, the views along the ridgeline were some of the most incredible views I have seen from any mountain. The Sawatch range is just such a stunning place, y ..read more
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Rosalie Peak
Colorado Mountain Pack Blog
by Joanna Lee
5M ago
September 16, 2023 Rosalie Peak | 13,575 feet Route: via Tanglewood Trail 10.9 miles; 4293 feet elevation gain Total time: 6 hours 28 minutes This is a route that has been on my list for 3 years now and each year it got cancelled for some reason. The plan was to do this as a backpacking trip and summit all three peaks in the Rosalie Group, Rosalie Peak, Epaulie and Epaulet Mountain. The backpacking plan was to pack in and camp near treeline on Friday night then summit all three mountains Saturday and then pack out on the way down. Colorado had other plans in mind and it rained and snowed all d ..read more
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Family Friendly Hikes Near Denver
Colorado Mountain Pack Blog
by Joanna Lee
5M ago
Red Rocks & Morrison Slide Length: 3 miles Distance from Denver: 25 minutes Red Rocks is an iconic location in Colorado that I highly recommend visiting. The Red Rocks Amphitheater is a concert venue that is built into the rocks making it a historic landmark. It attracts many well known performers each year because of the acoustics. If you are stopping to see the tourist attractions, which includes the amphitheater and a museum, you should add in a hike as well. Red Rocks & Morrison Slide is a 3 mile loop that has epic views of red rocks, stunning wildflowers in summer and a beautiful ..read more
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Paddleboarding Near Denver | Dog Friendly
Colorado Mountain Pack Blog
by Joanna Lee
5M ago
Colorado has so many beautiful lakes and reservoirs that are open to paddleboarding! Below is the most up to date information on my favorite spots to paddleboard near Denver. Please check the websites listed for the most up to date information as rules and regulations may change. Standley Lake Standley Lake Regional Park is located only 20 minutes outside of Denver. It is a 3000-acre park with activities for the whole family, including hiking, mountain biking, camping and water activities. It is open to paddleboarding May 1-September 30, 7am-7pm. There is a daily fee of $10 or you can purchase ..read more
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South Arapaho Peak
Colorado Mountain Pack Blog
by Joanna Lee
5M ago
August 15, 2023 South Arapaho Peak | 13,397 feet Route: via Fourth of July Trailhead 8.6 miles; 3542 feet elevation gain Total time: 4 hours 20 minutes Fourth of July Trailhead is a very popular place, even during the week but if you get an early start you will enjoy this absolutely stunning area in solitude. There are heavy parking restrictions in this area and parking is only allowed in designated spots; it does fill up quickly. I started at 4:45am on a Tuesday and was the first car in the parking lot. The road to the parking lot is a 5 mile rough gravel road that is a bumpy ride but accessi ..read more
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London Mountain
Colorado Mountain Pack Blog
by Joanna Lee
5M ago
July 19, 2023 London Mountain | 13,194 feet Route: from Mosquito Creek 5 miles; 1700 feet elevation gain Total time: 2 hours 50 minutes London Mountain is a short but very enjoyable 13er. I read reviews that it was boring and unexciting but I completely disagree! This was the last day of our big five day hiking trip so we wanted something a little easier before heading home and I love this stunning valley. The drive to Mosquito Creek Trailhead is accessible in a 2WD but there are two deep puddle crossings shortly before the trailhead. The trailhead isn't a marked location, but it is obvious wh ..read more
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Tuhare Lakes
Colorado Mountain Pack Blog
by Joanna Lee
5M ago
July 15, 2023 Lake Constantine + Tuhare Lakes Route: Fall Creek Trail 11 miles; 3000 feet elevation gain Total time: 6 hours 10 minutes The first time I saw Tuhare Lakes was from above as I was climbing Mount of the Holy Cross via Halo Ridge. The upper lake was the most stunning alpine lake I had ever seen, bright turquoise in color surrounded by jagged peaks. I knew then that I needed to hike to these lakes. The upper lakes are somewhat of a hidden gem because they are not a designated route on AllTrails. So, almost a year later I set off on this long day hike.... We arrived at the Half Moon ..read more
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