Experience a taste of the tropics high in the Rockies! Colorado Wilderness Rides And Guides backpacking to Sandbeach Lake is a great introduction to backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Sandbeach Lake Guided Backpacking with Colorado Wilderness Rides And Guides

Experience a taste of the tropics high in the Rockies! Like its namesake suggests, Sandbeach Lake boasts a stretch of white sand wrapping around a stunning alpine lake, making it a perfect summer destination. The lake sits in the shadow of Long’s Peak surrounded by lush evergreen forests and National Park land. This area also holds historic significance, as it was where the famous geologist John Wesley Powell camped on his way to the first successful ascent of Long’s Peak in 1868. At only 4.2 miles from the trailhead to the lake, this is a great trip for beginners and families.

A perfect way to introduce your group or family and friends to backpacking in the rocky mountains, Colorado Wilderness Rides And Guides backpacking adventures in Rocky Mountain National Park just added Sandbeach Lake to its backpacking itinerary. This wonderful lake high in the rocky mountains offers you an early summer way to escape to the high country. With a great view, wonderful fishing, and spectacular day hikes, this trip has many options for a great backpacking experience. We can turn this trip from a 2-day jaunt into a 4-day adventure with the ability to add fly fishing, peak ascents, and wilderness survival training to create your perfect get-away or introduction to backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Additional information

Group Size

2, 3, 4

Trip Dates

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

Trip Details

Day 1: Our trek begins at the Sandbeach Lake trailhead in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park. We will hike BLANK miles through lush evergreen forests to the our campsite near the sandy shores of Sandbeach Lake. We will spend the day setting up camp and relaxing.

Day 2: The next day will be spent enjoying the beautiful area around the lake. The lake is in the shadow of several peaks, including Mt Copeland and Mt Meeker. A short hike around the lake reveals different views of these stunning peaks. A refreshing dip in the cold lake is also awesome on particularly hot days. 

Day 3: We have the option of watching the sunrise over the lake, before eating breakfast, packing up camp, and hiking back down the trail to the trailhead. 

Difficulty Description

Difficulty Description: 

Moderate – On moderate trips, you will hike 3-6 miles with a 25-35 pound backpack 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, shuttle and extra shuttle staff for traverse, 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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