Hike: Weekend Escape


Experience the thrill of sleeping under the stars in some of Colorado’s most beloved wildernesses.

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Experience the thrill of sleeping under the stars in some of Colorado’s most beloved wildernesses. Our trips are custom and private, ensuring that every aspect, from the trail the ability level, the ability to fly fish or add a peak ascent (or both) are all taken into account in the planning. We provide all the group gear including a tent or jungle hammocks, food, safety equipment and permits and the guest provides the sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and backpack, however we do have rentals available.

Trip Dates

We are able to turn any of our permitted dates into a Weekend Escape trip. Please head over to our blog post to peruse your options and give us a call at (720) 242-9828 for questions and booking.

Dates in bold are available but only recommended to folks who have had time to acclimate for a longer period (minimum of 2 nights, three days) before setting out on this trip. The first day would be 7 miles, 2,000 feet of elevation gain to Thunder Lake at 10,574 feet.

RMNP 2024 Dates

  • Friday, June 28th – Sunday, June 30th
  • Wednesday, July 3rd – Saturday, July 6th
  • Thursday, July 18th – Saturday, July 20th
  • Thursday, July 18th – Saturday, July 20th
  • Thursday, July 25th – Saturday, July 27th
  • Thursday, August 1st – Sunday, August 4th
  • Saturday, August 3rd – Wednesday, August 7th
  • Thursday, August 8th – Sunday, August 11th
  • Saturday, August 10th – Wednesday, August 14th
  • Thursday, August 15th – Sunday, August 18th
  • Thursday, August 22nd – Sunday, August 25th
  • Thursday, August 29th – Sunday, September 1st
  • Thursday, September 5th – Saturday, September 7th
  • Thursday, September 12th – Sunday, September 15th

RMNP 2023 Permit Dates

Trip Details

Itinerary: Exact Itinerary will depend on the groups desires when booking the trip.

Day 0: Meet and go over gear, food, and itinerary. Plan on meeting for 1-1.5 hours the night before to make sure all gear is double-checked and your backpack is packed and ready to go for an early morning departure. Note: Some companies include this day as part of the total trip length, thus making it a four-day trip. However, we only include it as Day 0 to build rapport with your Colorado local guide and help with your acclimation.

Day 1: This day starts early after we pick you up at your Boulder hotel or a central meeting place. We then drive 1-2 hours to the trailhead. The drive will be spent going over expectations and safety concerns and any last-minute questions. Once on the trail expect a few hour hike to arrive at our campsite for the night. After camp setup you will have the chance to explore the area while your guide begins dinner preparations.

Day 2: From the campsite, we will have a leisurely day packing up camp, perhaps an early morning fishing session or side hike to explore a bit more. Then we will return the way we came and head back to the trailhead where we will celebrate another wonderful in weekend in the mountains.

Difficulty Description:

Easy – On our easy trips, you will hike 2-4 miles a day with a 25-35 pound backpack remaining on maintained trails. Elevation gain/loss may be as much as but not more than 1500 feet. Altitudes range from 5,000 – 9,000’. Our exact difficulty will be discussed before we book the trip so we can make sure you and your family or group get the right trip for you.

What to Bring: Sent with trip confirmation

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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