HIKE: FINCH AND PEAR LAKES

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Come explore the stunning Wild Basin in Rocky Mountain National Park on this five-day backpacking adventure, designed specifically for anglers and hikers.

Please note that we can also run this trip as a three or five day outing. Contact our office at (720)242-9828 for more details!

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Finch and Pear Lakes

Description:   Come explore the stunning Wild Basin in Rocky Mountain National Park on this four-day backpacking adventure, designed specifically for anglers and hikers looking to transition to longer trips. The itinerary includes hikes through enchanting aspen groves and pristine wilderness to reach Finch and Pear Lakes, where you can fish for trout and enjoy breathtaking views of Ogalalla Peak and Mt. Copeland. With the opportunity to fish Hutcheson Lakes, one of the few places in the world to find Greenback Cutthroat, this is the ultimate trip for fishing enthusiasts.

This four-day backpacking adventure through secluded areas of Rocky Mountain National Park is the ultimate trip for any angler. You’ll pass through enchanting aspen groves, picturesque meadows, and stunning montane forests while camping beside the serene Finch and Pear Lakes. The itinerary includes day trips to Hutcheson Lakes, one of the only places in the world to find Greenback Cutthroat, making it a must-visit location for fishing enthusiasts.

The trail to Finch Lake begins with a stiff climb up a ridge, gaining roughly 485 feet in just eight-tenths of a mile, offering wildflowers along the way and a view of 13,911-foot Mount Meeker towards the northwest. Hikers will then pass through a very beautiful and pristine wilderness until they reach the Finch Lake, which offers great views of 13,138-foot Ogalalla Peak and 13,176-foot Mt. Copeland off towards the west. The end of day one will find you nestled in the forest, gearing up for the next day’s hike to Pear Lake.

From Finch, the trail begins to climb the final 2.2 miles up to Pear Lake. After crossing over Pear Creek, you will reach Pear Lake and your home for the next two nights. Looming directly above is Mt. Copeland with Ogalalla Peak in the background. Take time to rest and spend the remainder of the afternoon fishing for trout, enjoying the quiet and solitude surrounded by 13ers.

The next two days you will have a couple of options: spend both days on the pristine Hutcheson Lakes, fishing for Greenback Cutthroat, or spend one day at Hutcheson and the other summiting Mt. Copeland. Either option will fail to disappoint! Spend the last night reminiscing on your catches in Rocky Mountain, then traverse the final six miles back to the trailhead on your last day.

 

Additional information

Group Size

2, 3, 4

Trip Dates

Call us at (720) 242-9828 for more details!

Trip Details

This four-day backpacking adventure through secluded areas of Rocky Mountain National Park is the ultimate trip for any angler. You’ll pass through enchanting aspen groves, picturesque meadows, and stunning montane forests while camping beside the serene Finch and Pear Lakes. The itinerary includes day trips to Hutcheson Lakes, one of the only places in the world to find Greenback Cutthroat, making it a must-visit location for fishing enthusiasts.

The trail to Finch Lake begins with a stiff climb up a ridge, gaining roughly 485 feet in just eight-tenths of a mile, offering wildflowers along the way and a view of 13,911-foot Mount Meeker towards the northwest. Hikers will then pass through a very beautiful and pristine wilderness until they reach the Finch Lake, which offers great views of 13,138-foot Ogalalla Peak and 13,176-foot Mt. Copeland off towards the west. The end of day one will find you nestled in the forest, gearing up for the next day’s hike to Pear Lake.

From Finch, the trail begins to climb the final 2.2 miles up to Pear Lake. After crossing over Pear Creek, you will reach Pear Lake and your home for the next two nights. Looming directly above is Mt. Copeland with Ogalalla Peak in the background. Take time to rest and spend the remainder of the afternoon fishing, enjoying the quiet and solitude surrounded by 13ers.

 

The next two days you will have a couple of options: spend both days on the pristine Hutcheson Lakes, fishing for Greenback Cutthroat, or spend one day at Hutcheson and the other summiting Mt. Copeland. Either option will fail to disappoint! Spend the last night reminiscing on your catches in Rocky Mountain, then traverse the final six miles back to the trailhead on your last day.

Difficulty Description

Difficulty Description: 

Moderate – On moderate trips, you will hike 3-6 miles with a 25-35 pound backpack remaining on maintained trails. Elevation gain/loss may be as much as but not more than 2250 feet. For a moderate trip, you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in hilly or mountainous terrain with a light daypack. Altitudes range from 7,000 – 10,500’.

 

 

What's included

Included: The services of a professional backpacking guide, Rocky Mountain National Park permit and back-country Colorado camping permits, transportation between Boulder and the wilderness trail heads, all food during the backpacking trip, a re-supply drop, if necessary, gear for water purification and cooking, bear canister, tent, medical kit, CB radio and contingency and emergency support.

Not included in our rates: Meals while in the front country (breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on the last day), laundry, alcoholic beverages, hotel overnight before your trip and at trip’s conclusion; personal equipment (sleeping bag, pad, backpack – these items are available to rent), and gratuities for your guide(s) – while this is at your discretion, the recommended amount is 20%.  If you want to add fly-fishing, cost is $100 extra per person (rod, reel, and flies for the trip and backpacking – angling guide).

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