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Abyss Lake Backpacking
We had a full crew of 8 intrepid hikers, many of them first-time backpackers, for our expedition into the Mt Evans Wilderness. We hiked a couple of miles in pleasant weather up the Abyss Lake Trail until we came to our creekside campsite, at about 10,000 feet of elevation. We got our tents pitched just in time to stay dry through an afternoon thunderstorm, then the campers fanned out through the forest to gather wood for our campfire.
A hearty meal of mac and cheese was followed by Smores for dessert.
After a breakfast of French Toast, we hiked up the valley through beautiful Aspen forests just beginning to turn from green to gold, crossing the creek in several places. We came to a beaver pond surrounded by a marshy meadow, and got out our fly rods and began to fish. Although the fishing was slow, the hikers discovered that there was plenty of fun to be had by taking off their shoes and sinking into the mud up to their knees.
An appetizer of freshly-grilled trout was followed by a dinner of red beans, rice and sausage which kept us warm through a chilly night.
The next morning we headed down the trail with light packs, and bid farewell to the high wilderness, at least for now.
Beginner-level backpacking for elementary school children near Mount Evans. Fall foliage, campfires, and fishing will be enjoyed on this lovely, gentle trip in peak leaf season.
Pike NF, South Platte Ranger District 303.275.5610