I'm looking for some direction in regards to a backpacking trip in Colorado (mid-August). The possibilities are endless, I know, but that makes it all the more difficult to plan a trip (having never been there).
I hope to fly into Denver early on Day 1 and back home later (2-4pm) on Day 4. This leaves two full days of hiking and maybe a few miles (3-5) on the tail end of Day 1 and the morning of Day 4.
I would love to do the Maroon Bells loop, but I think with an estimated ~4 hour drive (google maps) I would be cutting it too close... or at least, not leaving enough wiggle room.
Anyway, I think this limits me to the RMNP (general) area as it's 1.5 hours outside of Denver. I very much crave the picturesque mountain views, sprawling open fields, wildflowers, mountain streams etc.
If anyone has any advice I would appreciate it.
Thanks in advance.