- Boys Backpacking
Camping Trip 2014...
In July it was once again time for the
annual boys camping trip. This year we decided to fully rough
it with a 2 night backpacking trip deep into the backcountry
of Rocky Mountain National Park in the Never Summer Mountains.
We started from the Colorado River Trailhead
on western side of Rocky Mountain National park and hiked in
past the remants of Lu
Lu City before finally reaching our
destinatation at Grand Ditch Camp 3, but not before tackling
the last mile of our almost 5 mile hike -- a grueling 1,000 foot
climb with our packs feeling heavier by the step.
On the second day we ventured along
Ditch to the mouth of the Cache La
Poudre River for a day of fishing and hiking. Along the way we
met two gentlemen responsible for regulating the flow of water
and maintenance on the Grand Ditch who hleped us out with some
fishing tips and a short ride.
Skip ahead to:
Day 1 - Hiking from the Colorado River
Trailhead along the Colorado River, past Lulu City and up the
final steep pitch to our campsite.
- Moose antler stuck in a tree...
- Skipping stones on the fledgling waters
that become the great Colorado River...
- Starting the steep 1,000 foot gain
in just under a mile final climb to our campsite...
- Setting up camp...
- Filtering water for the next day's
Day 2 - We set off along the Grand Ditch - a water management project almost 40 years
in the making (the project started in 1890) to move water from
the Never Summer Mountain's western watershed back over the Continental
Divide to the eastern watershed for use on fhte Front Range.
We hitched a ride that saved us 3 miles
of walking before being dropped off at the mouth of the Cache
La Poudre river which we followed eventually to the Long Draw
Reservoir fishing all along the route. Of course Alan Sease schooled
everyone on how to fly fish successfully.
After hiking all the way back to the
campsite, the kids engaged in some frisbee play and then after
dinner (lacking airsoft guns), they of course engaged in a rock
- Hitching a ride...
- Alan catches the first of what would
be many Trout this day...
- Brendan hauls in a Trout (with a little
casting help from Alan Sease)...
- Ethan also shows off a fish that Alan
helped bring in...
- Mosquito protection gear...
- Doing the dishes after dinner...
- Collecting ammunition...
Day 3 - Hiking back down and then back
to civilization where we had a big lunch at the Estes Park Brewery.
- Old silver mine...
- Elk on Trail Ridge Road...