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Mummy Range Trek

Highlights

  • Trek through the most remote and wild part of Rocky Mountain National Park
  • See waterfalls, rivers, meadows, alpine lakes, wildlife, high peaks and more
  • Hike to the headwaters of the pristine Cache Le Poudre River
  • Camp in secluded spots far from trailheads
  • Enjoy a challenging, off-trail alpine traverse all above 11,000 feet elevation
  • Hike point to point so no back-tracking and all new scenery
  • Learn about the amazing glacial history that sculpted the Rocky Mountains
  • Enjoy our exceptional backcountry cuisine and expert guides


Description

The Mummy Range of Rocky Mountain National Park is a seldom visited wilderness treasure. Off the beaten path and high in the mountains is where you will tread on our Mummy Range backpacking trip!

This mountain adventure is five days long and four nights of Rocky Mountain tranquility. Not to be taken lightly, this is one of our more challenging hikes as it includes longer trail mileage, as well as both on- and off-trail travel. We'll also climb to higher elevations as we cross the Tundra fields of the high Mummy Range! We will trek through quiet forests of lodgepole pine, past pristine mountain lakes, high altitude snowfields and over the rugged alpine tundra above tree line at 11,400 feet. This is a beautiful and remote corner of Rocky Mountain National Park and the solitude here is unmatched. Don’t be surprised to see vast elk herds or if a moose happens to walk into camp while your guides are cooking up dinner one night!


 


Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle to Trailhead: 1-hour drive
Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
Elevation Loss: 500 feet


We’ll begin this Rocky Mountain National Park backpacking trip from a trailhead off of Old Fall River Road, the original road over the Continental Divide. Our drive winds us up steep mountain passes to where we'll begin hiking at Chapin Pass Trailhead. Our first day of hiking is a great warm-up and features stunningly beautiful valley hiking. The high mountains are all around us as we wind our way through tall grass meadows and deep forests along Chapin Creek. We then follow the Cache La Poudre River to our camp at its junction with Hague Creek.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 2.6 miles (plus optional day hike)
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet each way


Today's a short day that will take us into the high country. After a hearty breakfast and relaxing morning, we'll set off to our next camp, which is at an elevation of nearly 11,000 feet. Our hike stays in the trees until we reach our destination, which is at the edge of treeline. We'll set up camp, eat lunch, and then hike to Mirror Lake (3 miles roundtrip), which is a beautiful mountain lake sitting in a classic Rocky Mountain cirque. That evening we'll enjoy a big dinner and campfire before turning in.


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 7 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,250 feet


Day 3 is the gem and the crux of this trip. We'll get a very early start and be hiking before sunup, as most of today's journey is above treeline, and we must be back down before the thunderstorms roll in. We'll hike on-trail up to Mummy Pass (11,300 feet), but from here we'll be hiking off-trail across some truly breathtaking high country dotted with alpine lakes and glaciers! We'll ascend Skull Point (12,026 feet) and Sugarloaf Mountain (12,101 feet) before joining with another trail and following it to camp. All in all, we're going to cover over 4 miles off trail and above treeline, soaking up some of the most amazing views you've ever seen! Tonight's camp is a welcome refuge where we'll enjoy a huge dinner.


Day 4

Hiking Mileage: varies
Elevation Gain: varies


On Day 4 we'll sleep in and have a massive breakfast. Today is a layover day to do some day hiking or just relax around camp. To our west is a spectacular valley with a chain of alpine lakes that link up to 13,000 feet, which makes for a fantastic all-day hike or a great half-day hike.


Day 5

Hiking Mileage: 9.6 miles
Elevation Loss: 2,750 feet


Today is a long final day, but most of it's downhill. We'll descend from the high country along a beautiful river valley and pass Lost Falls - a tumbling white waterfall - on our way. Then we'll contour down the flanks of Mount Dickinson (11,831 feet), and in and out of our some lower valleys, before arriving at our ending trailhead. From here it's off to some well-deserved showers and relaxation!


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and technical backpack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Rocky Mountain hiking guide
  • Entrance fees and national park permits
  • Bear cannisters for food storage
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you and your family to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Waterbottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty or Big Agnes tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Bear cannisters
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter waterbottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

You will meet your guide and group in Estes Park, Colorado for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip and will specify the exact location of the orientation meeting at that point. The next morning we'll pick you up at your hotel for transport to the trailhead.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.


Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day's pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day no later than 5 PM.


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size

The standard group size on backpacking trips is 5 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.


Weather in the Colorado Rockies

Being a high mountain environment, Rocky Mountain National Park is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in the Rocky Mountains. On trips in June, snow is a slight possibility, and the rest of the summer rain is always a possibility on your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures:
     
Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
     
 
Month
High / Low
 
June
71°
48°
 
July
79°
55°
 
August
78°
53°
 
September
69°
45°