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Backpacker Magazine – May 2010

Colorado Trail: Find Solitude

How to beat the crowds and find solitude in the Rockies

by: Kristy Holland, map by Andrew Matranga


13. Stealth start On a high-use weekend, the Miners Creek trailhead will have only three cars.

14. Georgia Pass This gap between Jefferson and Breckenridge is a hotspot for the ORV crowd. But hike two miles north into the lodgepoles, and you’ll descend into a canopy that’s both off-limits to wheels and off-
the-radar for dayhikers (more than two cars at the trailhead on a summer Saturday is uncommon). Or head west to climb 1.2 miles to 13,370-foot Mt. Guyot, where you’ll see the CT stretching east to the Kenosha Range and west to the rugged Tenmile Range.

15. Windy Peak Only about 20 hikers a year sign the register on this 11,970-foot, boulder-strewn summit in the Lost Creek Wilderness. Its thickly forested ridge is an unmaintained fog of trunks and intermittent blowdowns—  perfectly hiding the grassy, picnic-ready summit. From the Rolling Creek trailhead (7.8 miles south of Bailey), take the CT west 3.2 miles, then turn south off-trail to follow the ridge 1.7 miles to treeline, 300 feet from the top. From here, navigate granite boulderfields to the broad, open summit dome.



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