Abyss Lake Beginner's Backpacking
We got off to a wet start, greeted by a thunderstorm just as our cars pulled up to the Abyss Lake Trailhead. We waited out the storm by eating a lunch of falafel and pita bread, then saddled up and began the easy hike up to camp in cool pleasant hiking weather. This group of kids were strong hikers, and we made it to our forest campsite in little over an hour.
Our crew pitched their tents and began exploring, many choosing to wade or swim in a nearby beaver pond once the sun came out. Dinner was bean and cheese burritos. Our time around the campfire was cut short by a rainstorm at sunset, and we all scurried into our tents for the evening.
Morning was a bit damp and cold, but we warmed up around the fire, helped by a breakfast of french toast croissants. The weather began to clear and group entertained themselves with games of camoflage in the forest and capture the flag in the meadows below camp. Although we brought Tenkara rods, interest in fishing was minimal, as the kids were having too much fun playing games and socializing. Dinner was cajun beans and rice, followed by a dessert of banana boats. The weather held, and we enjoyed a companionable evening around the fire.
After a breakfast of greasy salty bagels and scrambled eggs, we packed up, made the short hike down to the car and said farewell to the Mt Evans Wilderness for the year.
We will be back.
This free, beginner's backpacking trip offers great scenery and good fishing without a lot of miles or elevation gain. We should also have the opportunity to teach nature photography and nature art over this three-day weekend.
Participants should have no recent history of altitude sickness or anemia, or else should consult a physican about taking Diamox in advance of the outing to prevent altitude sickness.
Pike NF, South Platte Ranger District 303.275.5610