- 4 Self-Guided Hiking Days, 3 Nights Deluxe Camping
- Gorgeous high country trail through the Cochetopa Valley
- This route is for high-intermediate to advanced hikers with good to excellent fitness
- Includes shuttle to the start on Sargents Mesa and from San Luis Pass to South Fork, CO
- Camp relocation each day – camp gear rental from Ready Camp included in cost
- Max group size of (12)
- Cost: $425
- July 6th – July 9th
- August 3rd – August 6th
This 4-day trek along the Colorado Trail, while not across sky-scraping peaks and alpine tundra, offers hikers some slightly lower elevations and lusher, sub-alpine flora. Getting plenty of time on the Continental Divide, trekkers will also get a healthy taste of the La Garita Wilderness as they ascend to San Luis Pass and maybe even a shot of San Luis Peak.
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.
Hikers should be prepared to meet us the night before in South Fork, CO to pickup coolers from Ready Camp to do your grocery and beverage shopping for your 4 days.
Your first day’s trek from Sargents Mesa to Lujan Creek is a tough way to begin as it will arguably be the most difficult of the 4 days. It comes in at a healthy 18 miles and you gain most of the elevation in the later part of the day. Heading out from Sargents Mesa, the Colorado Trail goes over a forested ridge of sorts for a few miles and then finally drops into Razor Creek. The terrain is up and down for arrive to camp one near Lujan Creek. Hike length is about 20 miles.
Day two gives everyone a taste of the “lower” elevations of the Colorado Trail in the 9000-foot range as we drop into the Cochetopa Valley. It’s not uncommon to see antelope along this stretch and from time to time a little shade from the sun. Tonight’s camp is in a pleasant, pastoral setting. Hike length is about 14 miles.
Today starts with some time in classic Colorado aspen groves before we making your way along Cochetopa Creek. After lunch you’ll enter La Garita Wilderness via Cochetopa Creek and realize how special this region is. We’ve had the pleasure of seeing beavers and other wildlife through this section, including elk and the elusive moose. Hike length is about 14 miles.
The final day of your trek begins near 10,000 feet, and via the La Garita Wilderness, you’ll make your way up to a 12,600 foot pass just south of San Luis Peak. This final stretch offers up incredible views in all directions and is an absolute perfect way to end your trip at San Luis Pass. Hike length is about 13 miles.
- Shuttle from South Fork, CO to Sargents Mesa
- Shuttle from San Luis Pass to South Fork, CO
- General camp/kitchen gear from Ready Camp
- Camp/gear relocation each day
- 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.