Hey guys, me and one of my friends are driving to Colorado mid June and planning on doing the Four Loop Pass around the Maroon bells. Does anybody have any experience with using hammocks throughout the hike? We would like to do it in 4 or even 5 days. Is there enough places to set hammocks up for the night? Would it be wise to go clockwise or counter-clockwise from the trail head? I was thinking about going counter clockwise, but it looks like we would have to do a really long hike on day 3 to find a campsite. We are in good shape and young and can hike a long day with elevation no problem, but I don't want to get in a situation where we have to stop and camp somewhere because of weather or something and not have anywhere to go. We do have tarps and sleeping bags and pads, but don't plan on bringing any type of poles to set our tarp up as a tent. I think we will be fine even in the event of an emergency with the gear we have, but I want to plan it out as best we can. We do have a small backpacking tent we will at least bring in the car, but I don't really want to use it lol. I know people have done the hike with hammocks, but I haven't found a good trip report that shows where they camped out. I am worried about the southern and western part of the trail. It looks like it's pretty bare along the trail around those areas.
On another note, after four loop pass we are planning on doing two other hikes.
We have never been to Colorado, but these seem like some awesome hikes but if there is something better feel free to suggest it. I really want to do a 14er, but my buddy is not crazy about climbing maroon peak because of the exposure at some points. It would be difficult to go to Colorado and not do one though, so I was thinking I could talk him into doing this one:
Any help is appreciated. Thanks