Trip date: August 05, 2018
Prologue: Mudbowl 2018
I camped Saturday night off a forest service road outside Tabernash after scouting my Pffifner Traverse resupply location. I hadn't gotten through with the hike until 9:30 pm and it took another 30 minutes to navigate the 4WD road which my car was not really suitable for. I knew it was a stupid campsite when I chose it but I was tired. The last time I'd camped on dirt, I'd told myself I'd avoid it in the future at all costs. Maybe I'll learn this time. In addition to being on dirt, it violated another of my basic rules of campsite selection was in a low spot.
Before I left Boulder, I'd toyed with idea of backpacking that weekend so the only shelter I had with me was my pyramid tarp and a mylar emergency blanket for ground sheet. Around 6am I got some pretty serious rain. I stayed dry from the rain coming from above but was not protected by water/mud that splashed off the ground.
Never Summer Wilderness
Caltopo map here: caltopo.com/m/Q9AC
After a quick breakfast outside Granby, I entered RMNP on the west side and headed for the Never Summer Wilderness. I started at the Baker Gulch TH which is within RMNP (and requires an entrance fee) but virtually the entire hike is on National Forest land. I'm not sure if you can leave a car here overnight without a permit from RMNP or not.
Drive home via Trail Ridge Road