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Backpacker Magazine – January 2014

Trail Mix: Mountain West

Wildflowers in Indian Peaks, CO, an old climbers' trail in Wyoming, and more.

by: Maren Kasselik

Photo by Glenn Randall
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Photo by Glenn Randall

Best Campsite
Colony Lakes, Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, CO

Set up a basecamp at the foot of four Fourteeners—just 4 miles deep in the wilderness. From the upper South Colony Lakes trailhead, follow the creek to granite-framed Lower South Colony Lake (look for marmots, bighorn sheep, and pikas). Camp amid pines off the southeastern shore and catch sunrise off 14,197-foot Crestone Needle’s pin tip to the west. Next day, explore Crestone Needle and Peak, Kit Carson, or Humboldt Peak. Contact (719) 269-8500; Website




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