Backpacking in Colorado

Colorado Backpacking Trails

Colorado has a diverse landscape and a variety of backpacking hikes for one to explore. Use the map above to locate hikes or peruse our list of hikes below.

Finding Fall Aspen Colors in Colorado – A Trip to Kebler Pass

One of my all-time favorite places to visit in the fall months of September and early October is the area to the west of Crested Butte, namely Kebler Pass. The area immediately below Kebler Pass is blessed with a spectacularly dense aspen forest occasionally mixed with dark spruce stands that are especially common at the higher elevations.

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James Peak Wilderness Area

I recently hiked into the James Peak wilderness area near Nederland, Colorado. This is a photograph from the James Lake trailhead and shows 13,294 ft. James Peak. Click on the photograph to enlarge. James Peak wilderness is located immediately south of but not contiguous with the Indian Peaks wilderness. It is a fairly new wilderness area being designated in August 2002, and is 14,000 acres in size. The wilderness contains several high altitude lakes and thirteen thousand foot James Peak.

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Aspens in the Pike National Forest

Aspens in October - Pike National Forest

Fall colors in Colorado this autumn are in full display. I took this photo of an aspen grove not far from Mt. Herman Road in the Pike National Forest. Click on the photo to open in an enlarged view.

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Colorado Backpacking Guide

In ColoradoWildAreas.com’s Backpacking Guide, I discuss the unique challenges and planning requirements for a Colorado backcountry trip, including tips and suggestions for backpacking gear.

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Winter in Colorado – Scenery beckons on Mt. Herman Road

If winter blues have got you down, try this destination idea. Although well known by locals ¬†as a scenic destination offering 9k ft. peaks, aspen lined creeks, boulder strewn canyons and miles of 4WD trails, the Mt. Herman area is little known and unexplored by most. Mt. Herman is located on the eastern edge of the Pike National Forest near the towns of Monument and Palmer Lake, CO. These two towns are readily accessible from interstate 25 on exit 161. This accessibility makes the Mt. Herman area a local playground for hikers, mountain bikers, and 4WD clubs. Trails Mt. Herman […]

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