Backpacking in Boulder Car-Free
One of our favorite summer pastimes is backpacking in Boulder County. Whether you are a novice or more experienced backpacker there are options to please just about everyone in this area. But have you ever thought about going backpacking in Boulder car-free? While you may not mind the short drive up into the foothills, backpacking typically means leaving your car unattended for the duration of your adventure; a fact that many are not too crazy about.
If you have sights set on the infamous Continental Divide region, we have the perfect solution for you to still enjoy your backpacking adventure in Boulder, while leaving your car parked safely back home. All of this is thanks to the great public transportation we enjoy here in Boulder County. After sorting out your backcountry permit, simply make your way to Boulder Station where you will jump on the N bus up to Nederland. Jump off at Nederland High School and your adventure begins. Head out on CO 130 W toward the historic town of Eldora to Hessie Trailhead..
You could also take this journey with your bike in tow, as the N buses do have (limited) spots for bikes. From there the biking adventure begins.
Important Things to Remember When Backpacking in Boulder:
- If you are new to backpacking, be sure to take an experienced partner with you.
- Plan your route.
- Choose your gear wisely!
- Pack wisely!
- Choose clothing that will work for a variety of conditions.
- Pack light food and cooking gear.
- Consider bringing a satellite phone and/or GPS
- Share your plans/route with friends and family.
- Practice hiking with your gear.
- Leave no trace!