Endorsed by Curators:
074 - North Inlet (Group Site)
Bear canisters are required for RMNP (several places rent them)
This site does have a fire ring and we can have a fire.
Site holds 8 - 12 people
Elevation of camp site is 9,290 ft.
Distance to camp from Dunraven TH is6.5 miles
Elevation change 750'
Privy - Yes
Water is available from the creek (must boil or filter)
North Inlet Trailhead
Drive east from Highway 34 on 278 towards Grand Lake, bearing left at the forks until you reach the parking lot. Trailhead at E. end of parking lot. Tonahutu accesses 4 backcountry sites before the Green Mountain trail; North Inlet and southern part of Continental Divide trail loop through the Park accesses 13 backcountry sites.
To Reach the Trailhead (TH): North Inlet TH: From Kawuneeche Visitor Center follow Hwy 34 south approx. 1.7 mi. to West Portal Road. Turn left onto West Portal Road and follow .7 mi. to "Stop" sign. Continue on West Portal Road approx. .2 mi. and turn left onto gravel road marked "North Inlet Trailhead." Follow this steep road past water filtration plant and turn right into TH parking.
Site Location: Site is in a spruce/fir forest on south side of trail and creek. Stock parties should ford creek at Group/Stock sign---CAUTION SHOULD BE USED DURING SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER. Hikers should continue up trail and use bridge at site. A wood sign indicates the path to the site; the path may be marked by red arrowheads on trees. Camp safely away from standing dead trees, as near as is safely possible to the silver metal arrowhead.
Respect Wildness... Practice the 7 Leave No Trace Ethics
Plan ahead and prepare: Plan your trip carefully. Prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies. Plan for the least experienced member of your party.
Travel and camp on durable surfaces: Hike single file in the middle of the trail or side by side in areas without trails. Camp in hardened areas only, not in meadows or on vegetation.
Dispose of waste properly: Pick up all spilled foods and trash. Disperse washing and cooking wastewater 70 adult steps (200') from camps and all water sources. Leave no evidence of your stay.
Leave what you find: Leave plants, rocks, antlers and artifacts as you find them for others to enjoy.
Minimize campfire impacts: Fires permitted only in attended fire ring. Use only dead and down wood.
Respect Wildlife: Use carry-in/carry-out bear resistant food storage canister May 1st through October 31st. Minimize noise. Avoid lakes and streams at dawn and dusk.
Be considerate of other visitors: Respect the quality of every visitors experience.
EMERGENCIES: In case of emergency, call Park Dispatch at (970)[masked] or 911. Map (over) shows the location of the nearest phone.
For those going carpooling is highly encouraged. There is limited parking spaces in RMNP and you have to have a special pass to park overnight.
DISCLAIMER: Hiking is risky. Every year people are hurt and killed because they go beyond their abilities, get lost, or bring the wrong gear. I spend hours researching hikes and rely on various sources, but I can't vouch for their accuracy. I am not a professional guide, you are responsible for yourself. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear you require.
Updated Ten Essentials for Hiking "Systems"
1. Navigation (map and compass)
2. Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
3. Insulation (extra clothing)
4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
5. First-aid supplies
6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
7. Repair kit and tools
8. Nutrition (extra food)
9. Hydration (extra water)
10. Emergency shelter
Be prepared for anything during winter hiking. Traction devices are suggested to be carried for all hikes Oct - Jun. Gloves can come in handy as well. Trails can be clear, muddy, icy, or 2 feet of snow and sometimes all of these on the same day.
NOTICE: More than two no-shows will be cause for your removal from the group. Consistent drops from activities within 24hrs of the activity will also be cause for removal from the group. It is not fair to others to take up an RSVP and not show up. Please only sign up for activities you are confident you will be able to attend.