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Backpacker Magazine – May 2009

Rip & Go: Bowen-Baker Loop - Never Summer Wilderness, CO

Get national park scenery without the crowds on an alpine overnight with lakeside camping.

by: Adrienne Isaac

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Breakfast 1
On the road
Snack 1
Oatmeal cookies
Lunches 1 and 2
Peanut butter, bagels, honey
Dinner
Parika pasta (w/trout if you got lucky)
Breakfast 2
Never Summer oatmeal
Snack 2
Jerky/Snickers

Never Summer Oatmeal
Add pizzazz to instant oats with this crazy twist.

1 package instant oatmeal
1 handful Craisins
1 banana, quartered and sliced
1/2 Snickers bar (optional)

Heat water and add to instant oatmeal. Throw in banana pieces, craisins, and hunks of Snickers. Stir, serve.

Parika Pasta
A carb-tastic dinner so good you'll make it at home.

8 ounces spinach
16 ounces penne pasta
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 cup pitted Kalamata olives, chopped
3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)

Boil water. Add the greens and cook until tender. Spoon out and place in a bowl. Return the water to a boil. Add the pasta; cook until done. Drain water, stir in greens, olives, garlic, and feta.

The Grocery List (Aisle #) In Nearest Store Below 1 pack oatmeal raisin cookies (3)
2 bagels (bakery)
1 bag jerky (checkout)
2 Snickers bars (3)
1 jar peanut butter (1)
1 banana (1)
1 bag raisins or dried cranberries (3)
Instant brown sugar and cinnamon oatmeal (3)
16 oz. penne pasta (2)
8 oz. spinach (1)
1 clove garlic (1)
8 oz. Kalamata olives (1)
3 oz. feta cheese (4)
4 oz. honey (1)

NEAREST GROCERY STORE:
The Country Market
At National Park Village
900 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, Colorado; (970) 586-2702

THE PIT STOP
Try a Mountain Mai Tai and the buffalo-and-bacon meatloaf at Peak-to-Peak American Grille, 451 South Saint Vrain Ave., Estes Park, CO; (970) 577-0577.




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Micahman
Jan 12, 2012

Hiked up Baker Gulch with 3 friends in Aug of 2011. An awesome trip. We set up base camp in the gulch between Parika Lake and Baker Mtn. In 2 afternoons of fishing we caught 12 beautiful brook trout out of Parika...tasty! Another morning we dayhiked to Baker Pass, then climbed Nimbus, following the ridge to Stratus and Baker Mtn. What a ridge walk (could see RMNP visitor center and Longs Peak in the distance)
We saw moose, pika, and even a wolf (hard to believe).
Incredible trip!
The trip ended on a bad note, a critter had chewed through our SUV's transmission and fuel lines at the trailhead...But the backpacking was superb!

FocoDurable
Aug 05, 2010

Hiked this July 30, 31, and Aug 1 2010. A perfect trip, and the weather was kind. Indeed, we saw knee-high wildflowers at their best. We saw no moose, only a few pika and marmots, but descending Bowen Gulch trail we met a wolverine.
If you get the chance, take this hike! It's outstanding!

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