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The Best Backpacking in Carbondale

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Top backpacking spots in and near Carbondale

  • Basalt, Colorado

    Camp at Thomas Lake and Summit Mt. Sopris

    5.0
    13 mi / 4400 ft gain
    With the Elk Mountain range behind it, It appears to be standing by itself, and has the resemblance of a grand volcano.From Hwy 133 out of Carbondale, turn down Prince Creek Road and drive 6 miles to the trailhead. The trail is a nice mixture of meadows and woods, with excellent views of the vall...
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  • Snowmass, Colorado

    Capitol Creek Trail

    16.97 mi / 5226 ft gain
    Capitol Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Snowmass, Colorado.
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  • Snowmass, Colorado

    Backpack to Capitol Lake, CO

    5.0
    12.8 mi / 2105 ft gain
    The route to Capitol Lake is fairly straight forward, but not without its minor hardships. The route begins at the end of Capitol Creek Road, 9 miles from the small "town" of Snowmass (NOT Snowmass Village - thats the high class ski resort). The last few miles of this road provide the first min...
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  • Snowmass, Colorado

    Maroon Snowmass Trail to Willow Lake Trail to East Maroon Trail Loop

    24.07 mi / 6368 ft gain
    Maroon Snowmass Trail to Willow Lake Trail to East Maroon Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Snowmass Village, Colorado.
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  • Marble, Colorado

    Lead King Basin and Crystal Mill Loop

    12.13 mi / 2306 ft gain
    Lead King Basin and Crystal Mill Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near.
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Camp on the Backside of Buttermilk Mountain

    4 mi / 2000 ft gain
    Park at the Buttermilk Ski Area parking lot and begin your hike up the mountain at the bottom of the Summit Express chair lift. Follow the 4x4 dirt road the entire way up Buttermilk. There are other small hiking trails that you can follow too, and with the entire mountain being a ski area, it's s...
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  • Carbondale, Colorado

    Backpack the Lead King Basin Trail

    4.5 mi / 2000 ft gain
    We began our hike at the beginning of the afternoon after about two-three hours driving up the 14 mile road. The first mile of the trail was mild, turning into an uphill adventure. Lots of switchbacks, winding paths, and some tree coverage. By mile 2, we were on a steep grade the rest of the way....
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  • Carbondale, Colorado

    Snowmass Lake via North Fork Crystal River

    13.83 mi / 4163 ft gain
    Snowmass Lake via North Fork Crystal River is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Carbondale, Colorado.
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Sunnyside Trail

    11.2 mi / 2707 ft gain
    Sunnyside Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Aspen, Colorado.
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Government Trail

    19.69 mi / 4026 ft gain
    Government Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Aspen, Colorado.
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    East Maroon Trail to Copper Basin

    20.65 mi / 4045 ft gain
    East Maroon Trail to Copper Basin is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Aspen, Colorado.
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  • Pitkin County, Colorado

    Four Pass Loop in the Maroon Bells

    4.8
    26.04 mi / 7572 ft gain
    *A landscape-changing avalanche event has impacted Maroon Creek Road. The event occurred in early March during an active avalanche cycle across the Colorado mountains.  Maroon Creek Road will have a delayed opening this season while Pitkin County and Forest Service crews work to remove avalanche...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Ski to McNamara Hut

    5.0
    6.2 mi / 2200 ft gain
    McNamara hut sits in the national forest on the slope of Bald Knob, with easy access to intermediate backcountry skiing and more challenging terrain further away. Built in 1982, it's one of the original huts in the 10th Mountain Division system along with Margy's Hut. The hut comes stocked with...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Crater Lake via Maroon-Snowmass Trail

    4.6
    3.77 mi / 722 ft gain
    The crater lake trail begins at Maroon Lake and quickly breaks off from the scenic trail at .3 miles. Be sure to follow the signs to crater lake, which will be heading higher into the valley. The trail passes through a beautiful Aspen grove most of the way with wonderful views of 14ers, the Maroo...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Crater Lake and Maroon Creek to East Fork

    10.26 mi / 3015 ft gain
    Crater Lake and Maroon Creek to East Fork is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Aspen, Colorado.
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Backpack to Snowmass Creek in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness

    13 mi
    For beginner backpackers or just those who can't take off 3-4 days to do the Four Pass Loop, there's still options near the iconic Maroon Bells.  If you are planning to do an overnight at the Bells, you need to get there early or late - before 7:30 am or after 5 pm. The overnight lot fills quickl...
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