Colorado Trail Segment 14

FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE ALPINE: THE COLORADO TRAIL (SEGMENTS 12 – 15)

The title says it all, "From the Airport to the Alpine”, this series is all about getting to and from Colorado trailheads and towns via Denver International Airport without the need of renting a vehicle by using public transportation and other creative methods. With gas prices going up and trailheads overcrowded, these transportation choices look … Continue reading FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE ALPINE: THE COLORADO TRAIL (SEGMENTS 12 – 15)

Colorado Trail Segment 7

FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE ALPINE: THE COLORADO TRAIL (SEGMENTS 6 – 11)

The title says it all, "From the Airport to the Alpine”, this series is all about getting to and from Colorado trailheads and towns via Denver International Airport without the need of renting a vehicle by using public transportation and other creative methods. With gas prices going up and trailheads overcrowded, these transportation choices look … Continue reading FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE ALPINE: THE COLORADO TRAIL (SEGMENTS 6 – 11)

Interview With The Hike Podcast

The MAD Hippies: From High School Sweethearts to Backpacking Couple by Lori Prima (Season 5 Episode 27) Get to know Miller and Debbie's approach to hiking as a couple, the road to the Colorado Trail, selecting gear, considerations when hiking with their chihuahuas, and how both of them find their trail time to be therapeutic.Lori … Continue reading Interview With The Hike Podcast

Interview With Shoutout Colorado

"Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?" "MAD Hippies’ Life is about inspiring people to live their best life. While we certainly love promoting the outdoors through backpacking, hiking, photography and the essence of the natural world, the very nature of our inspiration is relationships and … Continue reading Interview With Shoutout Colorado

Colorado Trail

Life Above Treeline

The morning quiet was deafening. The silence of the alpine void of wind, foliage and wildlife, just two weary travelers making passage across the top of the world. It was late in the day and we were still climbing. Passing from 11,000', 12,000' and on into 13,000' watching the sun slowly sink closer to the … Continue reading Life Above Treeline

Colorado Trail Gear

How We Purchase Our Gear

Doing our homework when purchasing products should indeed involve a responsible and ethical formula. The question thus becomes, what is a good formula for making purchases? When it comes to hiking and backpacking gear there is no shortage of choices. Clothing, backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, quilts, pads, stoves, headlamps, trekking poles, gadgets and an endless … Continue reading How We Purchase Our Gear

Colorado Trail Complete Guide to Hiking

The Complete Colorado Trail Gear Guide

Any hike, be it a thru hike, day hike or multi-day backpacking trip requires specific gear designed for the conditions the adventurer will encounter. From the weather to the trail itself, hiking in the great outdoors tests the capabilities of the explorer mentally and physically. Choosing proper gear for the journey is paramount. Just like … Continue reading The Complete Colorado Trail Gear Guide

Colorado Trail Segment 28

Colorado Trail Segment 28 of 28

We could see the parking lot now, we were almost laughing with excitement as we took our last steps and arrived at the southern terminus. We took off our packs and just deflated, as if on cue, in an emotional end to an incredible journey. Colorado Trail Segment 28 of 28 Start: Kennebec TH End: … Continue reading Colorado Trail Segment 28 of 28

Colorado Trail Segment 27

Colorado Trail Segment 27 of 28

We crossed through treeline and across the open tundra where we were greeted by a spectacular array of mountain peaks and ridgelines. Back in the alpine we were. Colorado Trail Segment 27 of 28 Start: Hotel Draw Road End: Kennebec TH Distance: 20.6 miles It is not the last segment, but 27 felt as if … Continue reading Colorado Trail Segment 27 of 28

Colorado Trail Segment 26

Colorado Trail Segment 26 of 28

Our pace was quick, our focus acute, we were only 53 miles away from the southern terminus of the Colorado Trail. Colorado Trail Segment 26 of 28 Start: Bolam Pass Road End: Hotel Draw Road Distance: 10.9 miles Where segment 26 might be short on mileage, it makes up with big views. Perhaps better put, … Continue reading Colorado Trail Segment 26 of 28