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Old 08-14-2014   #1
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Aspen / Pitkin camping or hiking recommendations

I have some out of state friends visiting this weekend who need to be in the Aspen area at the end of the weekend so I am looking to explore a little bit in the area. Not interested in established campgrounds, instead looking for dispersed camping on public land that could be accessed by 4x4 trails or maybe a cool spot to backpack into that offers some cool exploration. I know there are the conundrum hot springs, but I feel like that is best for multiple nights (am I wrong?).

I know this isnt whitewater related, but I know some of you buzzards live in that area and can provide some insight that isnt readily available on the web. Any tips or suggestions are appreciated.

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Old 08-14-2014   #2
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Lincoln creek up indy pass
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Old 08-14-2014   #3
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Backpacking options are endless in the Elk Range. Conundrum could be the worst choice. Wilderness rangers are reporting the human poo/overuse impacts are off the charts up there. ANY other drainage (with the exception of the also-busy West Maroon) is money. Capitol Lake never fails.

For good 4x4 access camping Lincoln Creek is the obvious choice close to Aspen. Pearl Basin up Castle Creek is good country. Going up the Crystal above Marble is incredible, vast, adventure style 4x4 country. Bring your A-game where the driving is concerned. Not that close to Aspen, though.

Never done it, but backpacking north from Indy Pass road to areas such as Lost Man or Midway Pass could have great results without too much of a hike in.
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