I'm heading to Aurora next weekend and plan to do a few days somewhere in the area. I've been leaning towards something in the Mt Evans Wilderness for fishing or Glenwood Springs because I'll be camping with a group in that area anyway. Does anyone have any suggestions of somewhere good to go where I can do some fishing and stay away from heavily dayhiked areas? Are there any good backpacking/fishing spots in the Glenwood Springs area? I've never been at high altitudes so I don't wanna do anything too high. And I obviously need to stay below the treeline. I either wanna be able to hit multiple fishing spots along the way or hike into somewhere and setup camp at a good fishing spot and do some dayhiking.
I'm also wondering what to expect since I've only hiked in the southeast. Will my stock 42" tree huggers work or should I bring 72" ones? The 42s have worked everywhere I've been here so far. I'm confident my JRB Hudson River and WM Versalite will keep me warm but what about weather protection? I olnly have the stock HH tarp, I know it storms daily in the afternoon but what about at night? That thing doesn't have much coverage and I'd sure hate for all that down to get wet.