TOUR DESCRIPTION

This 4-day trek along the Colorado Trail is one of the least-visited stretches of the trail due to its remote location…not its lack of beauty. Along these sections you’ll tick off numerous highlights including the La Garita Wilderness, Weminuche Wilderness, Cataract Ridge, Carson Saddle and Stony Pass. While remote and lesser-known, this stretch is often one of our guest’s favorite.

So how does this all work? Well it’s simple: we haul a deluxe camp down the trail and you trek the Colorado Trail with only a light daypack. When you arrive to camp your personal gear and personal food will be waiting for you. Bring your car camping tent, your heavy sleeping pad and your favorite wine. We’ll bring the full kitchen, stoves, grills, water, firewood, chairs, solar showers and pretty much everything you’ll need to enjoy your time along the trail.

Arrival Day

 

Hikers should be prepared to meet us the night before to pickup coolers from Ready Camp to do your grocery and beverage shopping for your 4 days. We will shuttle to South Fork, CO at 6pm.

 

Day One:

 

Our first day from San Luis Pass is a challenging, but rewarding day. You’ll find yourself trekking up and down throughout the first part of your day and then working your way across Snow Mesa in the afternoon. Snow Mesa is about a 4-mile stretch of alpine tundra and a gorgeous section of the Colorado Trail. Once you reach our camp near Spring Creek Pass you’ll be ready to kick your feet up by the fire and enjoy a cold drink and then an early rest! Hike length is about 17 miles.

 

Day Two:

 

Day two is the day you tackle the highest point of the Colorado Trail: Coney Summit. Situated at 13,271’ the air is thin but the views are plentiful. A gradual push us up to the Continental Divide is up next and the rest of your afternoon will meander along the Divide. After a gorgeous afternoon of stunning hiking you’ll descend to our camp situated at Carson Saddle. Hike length is about 17 miles.

 

Day Three:

 

The somewhat newly-re-routed stretch of the Colorado Trail is how your third day begins. The re-route keeps you on the Continental Divide much longer and as a result you receive more of the breath-taking 360-degree views. You’ll follow the numerous cairns along Cataract Ridge and past Cataract lake over alpine tundra and then to Stony Pass, our camp for the final night. Hike length is about 16 miles.

 

Day Four:

 

On your final day of trekking the Colorado Trail plunges into the heart of the Weminuche Wilderness and the San Juan Mountains. The views of the Needles and Grenadier sub-ranges are spectacular and will make lasting memories. Early on you’ll we descend about nine miles, from an elevation of 12,660, until we reach the Animas River at an elevation of 9,000 feet via 34 switchbacks and a trip through Devil’s Keyhole. Your trekking adventure ends with a 4-mile, 1,700 foot climb to the waiting van at Molas Pass and a return shuttle to Durango. Hike length is about 19 miles.

 

What’s Included

 

  • Shuttle to South Fork, CO from Durango, CO
  • Shuttle to San Luis Pass from South Fork, CO
  • General camp/kitchen gear from Ready Camp
  • Camp/gear relocation each day

 

Not Included

 

  • Alcoholic Beverages – we can haul and keep them cold though!
  • Food shopping – you must plan and shop for your own menu
  • Lodging and transportation before and after the trip
  • Weather Control – Mother Nature has a mind of her own

 

This trip begins and ends in Durango, CO. Durango-La Plata Airport has numerous flights each day primarily from Denver and Phoenix. The closest “major” airport is Albuquerque 3.5 hours away.