Backpack to Conundrum Hot Springs
Friday 8/7 to Sunday 8/9! This is a moderate 17-mile round trip hike to a beautiful hot spring nestled in the mountains outside of Aspen! I haven't done this before but it's been on my list for a while and I've heard great things about this hike. It should be BEAUTIFUL. Beginning elevation is 8,700 and ending elevation at the springs is 11,200.
Friday: Meet Friday after work in the Wooly Mammoth lot. Exact time TBA. Carpool up to the trailhead, which will take about 3.5 hours from the park-n-ride, plus time for dinner. Camp near the trailhead Friday night.
Saturday: Wake up Saturday and start hiking the 8.5 miles to the springs. Arrive, set up camp. Hang out in/around the springs, eat, enjoy the scenery. We should get an early start to make sure we get a campsite for Saturday night.
Sunday: Hang out, head back to Denver when we are all hot spring-ed out. Traffic is going to be pretty gross so we should probably start hiking out on the earlier side of the day.
Activity Level: This is not a beginner backpacking trip. Make sure you are comfortable with your backpacking gear. The hike is 8.5 miles each way. I'm not an expert backpacker by any means, though, and would consider this an intermediate trip. The forest service says it's a moderate hike that can be considered difficult because of the length.
What to Bring: Bathing suit/towel, obviously! Bring all your standard backpacking/camping gear, including rain gear and lots of warm layers (warm jacket/pants, beanie, hand warmers, gloves, etc.). The elevation at the hot springs is 11,200 feet, so it will cold at night. If you have more specific questions regarding what to bring please let me know.
Food: I am not good at organizing group meals, so bring one dinner, two breakfasts, two lunches, and snacks. If someone wants to help organize a group meal that would be awesome. I have a jetboil that I could share to heat up water for meals if someone needs. Friday night will be an easy dinner - we can just grab something quick on the way up there.
Water: I have a squeeze water purifier. If there aren't a ton of us and no one else has a purifier, that should be enough. However, please bring yours if you have one!
Tent: I have room for one in my two-person tent. When we figure out who's coming we can organize tent situations.
This is the link to the trail guide:
From what I've heard, this gets pretty crowded, so we should prepare to share this beautiful piece of nature with a lot of other people. I am willing to go despite the crowds. This hike has been on my list for a few years and I'd rather go now than not go at all!
If you have any questions please let me know!