Epic Colorado Adventure
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About The Event
Backpacking and backcountry camping in the Indian Peaks Wilderness along the Continental Divide Trail. Thrilling white water rafting. Restorative yoga in incredible natural settings with stunning views. Day hikes, sightseeing and more. We’ve shaped some of our favorite Colorado activities into the adventure trip you’ve been dreaming of. Intended for those with intermediate to advanced outdoor skills, our itinerary packs in 7 days of the best that Colorado has to offer outdoor enthusiasts.
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 (Day 1): Travel Day
Departing from the Midwest,driving to Denver, CO. You may opt to ride with True North staff and other event participants (depending on your location) or arrange your own transportation. A shuttle from Denver International Airport to an area hotel will be arranged for those who wish to fly. Plan to arrive in Denver between 9-10 pm Mountain time.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 (Day 2): Yoga/Morrison/Red Rocks.
Our second day will begin with a briefing from True North staff as we review the week’s itinerary, client’s gear/needs, safety concerns, and any questions you might have. After the meeting we are off to Red Rocks Park for a day hike followed by an hour-long yoga class overlooking the awe-inspiring red sandstone formations. We will then enjoy a casual afternoon of lunch and shopping in the quaint, historic town or Morrison.
After spending the afternoon in Morrisson we will make our way towards Pike Peak and stay at a state campground. Camp sites accommodate 2-3 tents per site and the campground has a coin-operated shower and toilet facilities. After establishing camp we can shuttle into town for dinner, or you may choose to have dinner at your campsite.
Thursday, September 3, 2020 (Day 3): Pikes Peak Summit Day!
On our third day in Colorado, we will encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world as we travel through an alpine wonderland, mountain reservoirs, beyond timberline, overtaking the clouds... all along the way to the 14,115 foot summit of America's most famous mountain.
You can choose from three options to arrive at the summit of Pikes Peak:
- Option 1: Hike to Pikes Peak via Crags Trail starting at the Crag Trailhead. This trail is approximately 13 miles and rated as “Hard”, so an early start is required.
- Option 2: Hike a 5-6 mile route via the trail starting at the Devil’s Playground.
At the end of both climbs hikers will have to scramble across large rocks.
- Option 3: Starting at a parking lot a few miles down from the summit, you will be shuttled to the top by Pike’s Peak transportation. (Currently not personal vehicles are allowed to drive to the summit due to construction).
Once hikers have reached the top of Pikes Peak, they will be shuttled back to the parking lot. We recommend not spending more than 30-45 minutes at the top as the oxygen levels are low. Hikers can experience dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue and/or nausea. Proper hydration and nutrition prior to and during the hike, as well as treating yourself with a pain reliever and Dramamine will help keep these symptoms to a minimum. Hikers may be pulled from the trail due to time/weather restraints, trail conditions or other safety concerns. This is a difficult hike, especially at this elevation. We encourage everyone attending to attempt this hike, and know that with proper planning and time allowance everyone is capable of completing this.
After we have spent the day at Pikes Peak we will head north to position ourselves for an early morning arrival in the Indian Peaks Wilderness where we spend 2 days backpacking and camping at a backcountry campsite.
At the completion of Day, 3 lodging will be provided near the Indian Peaks Wilderness.
Friday, September 4, 2020 (Day 4): Indian Peaks Wilderness/CDT Overnight Backpacking.
Indian Peaks Wilderness, located in the Front Range mountains immediately to the south of scenic Rocky Mountain National Park, gives hikers the opportunity to view alpine lakes and waterfalls, jagged peaks, and alpine tundra. Backpackers will have two options in which they can experience the Indian Peaks.
- Option 1(11-12 miles): This option involve backpack approximately 6 miles one way to a campsite located next to a stunning mountain lake. This hike should take approximately 4-6 hours. The return to the vehicle will be the same mileage the following day.
- Option 2(14-15 miles): Backpack approximately 9 miles (partly on the Continental Divide Trail) eventually meeting up with the other group where we will all camp next to a mountain lake. This hike may take upwards of 6-8 hours and hikers may not reach camp until night time depending on their speed. The return to the vehicle the following day will be approximately 6 miles.
Saturday, September 5, 2020 (Day 5): Yoga/Exit Indian Peaks Wilderness
At our leisure, we will start the morning off with meditative yoga. After everyone has packed up and eaten breakfast, we will begin our hike back to the vehicle. This hike should take approximately 4 hours. After stopping for lunch, we will return to the hotel where the group can clean up and have free time.
Later that day, we will take a group trip/dinner to a local town. Lodging near or outside the Denver area will be provided.
Sunday, September 6, 2020 (Day 6): Whitewater Rafting
From calm, to wild! We will begin our last day of activities with a peaceful morning yoga session, then you’ll learn to navigate exciting rapids from expert instructors while experiencing breathtaking scenery. After, we will return to the hotel to clean up and rest. Those that wish to do so can participate in a group dinner that evening. Lodging near the Denver airport will be provided.
Those who are catching flights have the option to fly out that night, or the following day.
Monday, September 7, 2020 (Day 7): Depart Colorado
We will depart Colorado between 8 and 9 am. Drop offs at the airport can be made for those who request it.
Total ticket price is $1495 and includes transportation from a predetermined location in the Midwest or if you choose you can fly into Denver International Airport (at your expense) and we will take care of the transportation from there. Also included is 4 nights of lodging in a hotel or AirBnB (or similar accommodations), all permits and camping fees for 3 days/2 nights, as well as numerous guided hiking and backpacking outings, guided yoga sessions, expert-led whitewater rafting tour, and all fuel/toll costs. All meals will be at your own expense. Due to the planning and logistics involved we will not accept discounts on tickets for this event. If you do not choose to pay in full, a $500 non-refundable deposit will reserve your seat and full payment will be due by June 1, 2020. If full payment is not received by June 1, 2020 your seat may be released to another guest.
Want to save $100 off the ticket price? Pay using a personal check, Chase Quick Pay, Zelle or Paypal (friends and family only) and you’ll save $100 off the ticket price. To take advantage of this offer, contact us at Truenorthexp@gmail.com or 608-571-4937 and we will provide you with payment instructions.
All True North staff are certified in First Aid/CPR and every one of our events is lead by a guide who is a paramedic/Wilderness First Aid instructor. Guides are experienced in wilderness and the outdoor travel and are equiped with GPS and well as satallite phones during every portion of this event.
Cancellation Policy No refunds will be issued for cancellations or no shows. We will not be able to provide a credit toward a future event if you are not able to attend after registering.
True North Expeditions, Inc. reserves the right to substitute the events listed in the description above in the event of inclement weather, availability or other uncontrollable events.
- Event Deposit$500$5000$0
- Gear Rental Add On$300$3000$0
- Registration Only (Check Pay)$0$00$0