Best Backpacking Vacations in the Northern Rockies
by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)
© 2002 Bill Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
This is a beautiful and demanding trip. Each pass has beautiful views of different areas, and the climbs are demanding at times. The Speculator Pass trail is no longer maintained -this means many trees to climb over, and the trail disappears repeatedly. At times we had to bushwack for up to a half mile before our search turned up the trail again. Also much of Speculator Trail is through bogs and streams. West Boulder Trail also has numerous stream crossings and bogs, waterproof boots are essential!
Tremendous wild country with amazing views, and very demanding. The climb up Speculator pass is mountaineering, not a simple backpacking trail. Not for those who are not very fit, and experienced hikers.
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