I am going to apologize, this is such a tough subject so I am not going to write a handbook on this section, however I will put items that might be useful and give information/resources that might help you with this portion of the planning.
Let me start off with giving you some resources that you might not know is out there.
Great Gear Hacks and things to add to your pack:
Make your stuff accessible. I am extremely guilty of packing and not finding, so trust me it is a waste if you cannot use. To solve this I actually bought cheap tool bags from a store and put a packing list in the bag. I kid you not, this makes it easy to find things when it is dark outside, when you are cold, or just need to go to the bathroom really bad and need something to do so. I also keep zip lock baggies with a marker in the bag in each separate bag. This helps in the situations when you have to open a package and cannot contain the items, or to segregate something that cannot be mixed for instance dirty washcloths. There are a million ways to address this dilemma, however I will have more articles with specific tricks I have learned or figured out.
You guessed it, finding a campsite can be easy in an area like Silverton. Because we were going to be there for so long we looked at staying at an established campsite for the first two days and then looking for primitive camping sites later while riding. Initially I thought this was easy, but then found that the place books up very quickly. Here is what we learned.
All established campgrounds in the area are nice. Some are more in the town than others. We ended up staying at the Silverton Lakes Campground. We picked this site because according to locals and online reviews they were on the river, right outside of town (5 minutes from campsite to downtown Silverton by ATV), very clean bathrooms, showers, etc. When booking the campsite, we met a very nice lady Ann Miller and the caretaker Dan.
Here is the info:
Price for tent dry site: $28.00 per night (includes fire pit, bathroom access, and showers)
Pictures of our campsite:
For the last week in July, Bek and I went to Silverton, CO to camp and ride the Alpine Loop. In the 5 days out in the mountain range, we experienced a ton of rain, other riders, and of course BEAUTIFUL VIEWS. For anyone who can take this trip, it is definitely a trip to plan for. You will find videos and photos from the trip in the blog. I want to take time to offer information and guidance as this is a trip that almost everyone can enjoy. If you have not heard of this please see the links:
Campsite Used: http://silvertonlakes.com/
While this is a beautiful area, there are a lot of challenging trails that can cause injury and fatality. Not to sound gloomy, but this is a back country experience that requires the proper maintained equipment, wet/cold gear, water, survival equipment, helmets, and planning. I will provide a list of equipment that was used (primary) and even some reviews of the equipment. All the blogs related will have the same intro title with the extended topic listed. Please feel free to ask questions, post comments, and share if you have experienced this part of Colorado.
I am not just an adventurer, but I am a project enthusiast. I look for projects and overall love the hunt for an adventure. My nickname is Bubba who loves fly fishing, photography, building things, and is open to finding an adventure anywhere.