From: July 8 to July 15, 2017

Destination: Snowmass, CO

  • Hiking Colorado - FULL

    The White River National Forest, home to Aspen and Vail, is known for lush meadows, extravagant wildflowers, high mountain lakes, craggy peaks, diverse ecosystems and abundant wildlife. It offers an outstanding variety of hiking trails and we'll pick the best ones as we hike different trails every day. One day we'll hike to Crested Butte through the incomparable Maroon Bells Wilderness Area. We'll cap off our week with a hike up one of the famous Colorado 14ers, a peak over 14,000 feet high. During our week we will immerse ourselves in the history, geology, flora, and fauna of the Park. And at night we will retire to our comfortable vacation condos in Snowmass. Maximum group size: 12
    THIS TRIP IS FULL. To get on a waitlist, register for the trip (no deposit required)
  • Saturday, July 8
    Arrive anytime today at the Denver airport. We'll be staying at a nearby hotel with an airport shuttle so you can arrive whenever it's convenient. Our first formal get together will be tomorrow although everyone who's arrived can get together for dinner.

    Sunday, July 9
    After meeting for breakfast, we'll leave Denver about 8:30AM for the four hour drive to Snowmass Village. You will quickly notice that the air is thinner here, something that takes a day or two for our bodies to adapt. Our week starts with a great acclimatization hike up the Rim Trail in Snowmass. This scenic trail follows switchbacks through popping wildflowers until it reaches a marble ying-yang at over 9,000 ft. The view from here is amazing, as it looks down the Snowmass Creek, Roaring Fork, and Old Snowmass valleys. We will follow the ridge out a few miles before getting a ride back to our condos. We'll be staying in 3 different condos at The Crestwood and we'll have time to settle in before getting together for our first shared dinner.

    Monday, July 10
    Now that we're a bit more acclimatized, it's time for a more challenging trail. After breakfast we will jump in jeeps to head out Lincoln Creek Road, a great 4-wheel drive road along scenic Lincoln Creek. Our destination is the Grizzly Creek Trailhead. This out and back amazing high country trail will take us 6.5 miles, roundtrip, up through high alpine meadows to glacial Grizzly Lake. The trail climbs steadily up through the canyon cut by Grizzly Creek, surrounded by dense and lush vegetation. At times the trail is steep and rocky, reaching an altitude of 7,773 feet. We'll return by the same path to our van and then to our condos for a well earned hearty dinner. Hiking time: 5-6 hrs, 7.2 miles, 1960 feet elevation gain and loss

    Tuesday, July 11
    Today we need an early start and a hearty breakfast because we're hiking from Aspen to Crested Butte. Justifiably known as one of the most spectacular hikes in the US, this challenging trek takes us past the iconic Maroon Bells, the most photographed peaks in North America. The trail starts from Maroon Lake near Aspen with ups and downs as we pass Crater Lake, then starts climbing steeply through scree (small rocks) on the way to West Maroon Pass, our high point at 12,490 feet. Is it the climb or the the views from the Pass in all directions that leave you breathless? Probably both! So we'll take a break at the top to enjoy it, before starting our descent toward Crested Butte. The initial descent is steep and then gradually becomes easier as we descend to Schoefield Pass and our waiting vehicle. This hike comes alive in mid-July as wildflowers dominate the landscape. We'll drive back to Snowmass Village over Kebler Pass, home to one of the densest Aspen groves in the state. That hot tub is going to feel so good tonight! Hiking time: 8 - 10 hours; 2,920 feet elevation gain/2,068 feet loss; 11 miles

    Wednesday, July 12
    After yesterday's hike, we'll be glad to let our van take care of some of the elevation gain as we hike the Lost Man Loop trail in the Hunter/Frying Pass Wilderness. Before starting the hike, we'll drive to the top of Independence Pass and the Continental Divide. This is the highest paved highway in the country and the panoramic views of the Elk Mountains are spectacular. We'll then backtrack to the trailhead and start our hike at 11,506 feet. We gain most of the elevation in the first 2 miles of the hike as we climb 1300 feet up to the pass. From here we descend to Lost Man Lake and the rest of the trail is mostly gradually downhill as we follow Lost Man Creek around Geissler Mountain to Lost Man Reservoir and the trailhead at the other end of the (semi) loop. This evening we will head to the Snowmass Rodeo where a BBQ dinner will be served. Yes, it might be for tourists but it sure is fun! Hiking: 6 - 8 hours, 1300 feet elevation gain/2300 feet loss, 8.8 miles

    Thursday, July 13
    Today we will return to the trails as we enjoy a full day hike in the Capitol Creek Valley. Our hike meanders through aspen groves and meadows as it follows along Capitol Creek, beneath the shadow of towering 14,131 foot Capitol Peak. We will eat lunch in one of the wildflower filled open meadows that dot the valley floor this day. After a few long hiking days, we'll be glad to have a few hours of free time in the afternoon. Snowmass is full of great restaurants and if you want to try one, this is the night to do it. Alternatively your guides will be ordering in some pizza and salad and you’re welcome to join them.

    Friday, July 14
    One of the major accomplishments when hiking in Colorado is summiting a Colorado 14er. There are fifty-four peaks in the state that are 14,000 feet or higher and today we will tackle the challenge of making it to the top of one. We have several peaks to choose from and will choose the best one for the group. Whichever one we choose, we can expect to spend the day on the trail, starting with an early morning pickup and returning mid evening. Tonight we'll enjoy one of the many excellent restaurants in Snowmass, celebrating the week's achievements and our newfound hiking prowess.

    Saturday, July 15
    Today after breakfast we'll retrace our steps, back through the mountains we've had so much fun exploring this past week. We'll be back to the airport by 1 pm and you can plan flights out for anytime after 3pm
  • Price: $2395 (see this page for travel discounts). $300 deposit. There are reductions if you're willing to share a room or a loft as noted (limited availability). Please make sure you understand our cancellation policies.

    Trip Includes

    • Experienced AGC and local guides
    • All hiking on the itinerary
    • all meals from Sunday breakfast through breakfast the next Saturday with the exception of one dinner
    • one night lodging in double occupancy rooms, all other nights in single rooms
    • gratuities for local guides
    • transportation during the trip including round trip transfer from the Denver airport
    Not included: transportation to Denver, alcoholic beverages, optional activities, AGC guide gratuities, and items of a personal nature
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    If you’ve never traveled with us before, you may have some questions about how we do things and what you can expect. We’ve answered the most common ones below and are always available by phone or email to answer any others.

    How do I pay for my trip?

    You can make the deposit by submitting a secure form with your credit card information after filling out the registration form or calling us with your card information. We will send you an invoice for the balance due with your Predeparture Information 4 months before an International trip and 3 months before a domestic trip. You can get a 3% discount for paying the balance by check.

    What if I’m coming alone?

    The majority of women who travel with us come by themselves. If you want to pay a single supplement to guarantee your own room, or if you want to share a room with someone with whom you are traveling, you can indicate that on the registration form. Otherwise we randomly assign roommates and rotate every time we change lodging – it’s a great way to get to know different women on the trip.

    Can you accommodate special diets?

    We can always accommodate vegetarian, gluten-free, and omnivore diets. On most trips we can also accommodate lactose-free, vegan, and other restricted diets, although in some locations the availability of special food may be limited. If in doubt about your specific dietary needs, please give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email.

    What if I have to cancel my trip?

    The amount of your refund depends on how close to the trip you cancel and whether it is a domestic or an international trip. You can read our cancellation policies here. We highly recommend travel insurance because cancellations are always unexpected; we will send you additional information about insurance when you register.

    Will my family be able to get in touch with me in case of an emergency?

    Yes, we always send out emergency contact information. On a few trips, because of limitations in communication, the best approach is to give them the office number and let us make the contact.

    What other information will you send me?

    When you register, we’ll send you a Trip Summary that includes the itinerary, travel information, and a packing list. Three to four months before your trip we’ll send you Pre-Departure information that includes detailed information on how to get to the trip starting point, pre- or post-trip lodging suggestions, suggested books and websites etc. Four to six weeks before the trip, we’ll send you a list of everyone who is registered along with their travel plans; and a Pre-Trip letter with the name of your guide(s) and how to contact them if your arrival is delayed as well as any other important updates.

    Do you help with pre-trip and/or post-trip hotel reservations?

    For international trips, if you want to stay at the hotel where we’re staying the first night before the trip, or at the hotel we’re staying the last night after the trip, we’re happy to make a reservation for you. Otherwise our PreDeparture Information will have hotel suggestions. Our travel agent is also happy to help you with this.

    How does the waitlist process work and how often do people cancel?

    If you are interested in a trip that is full, you should sign up here. If there is a cancellation, we send out an email to everyone who has expressed interest and ask them to respond within 24 hours. If more than one person is interested, we give the space to the person who has traveled with us before or in the order of being put on the waitlist. Frequently, even when we have a long wait list, it is the last person to sign up who is still available to go. Whether or not there will be a cancellation is completely unpredictable, although not uncommon.

    What is the role of the guide(s)?

    On every trip, the primary roles of the guide(s) are to ensure your safety and to make sure that, to the extent possible, you are having the trip you want. The guide(s) will also make sure that you know what is happening each day and what you need to bring to be prepared. On domestic trips the guide(s) will also likely be driving, preparing picnic lunches and sometimes other meals, providing skills instruction, and giving you information about the natural history of the area. On any trip where we partner with another company (which is most international trips and some trips that require special equipment), the AGC guide will work with the local guide to make sure that the trip is conducted in accordance with the AGC philosophy.

    What if I have more questions?

    Give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email. A Program Manager is assigned to each trip. Once you have registered, she will send you a registration confirmation letter that includes her name and email, and she will be your primary contact. Her job is to make sure that you get all your questions answered and that you feel completely prepared for your adventure.

    What if I'm the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape/only single woman/only mom on the trip?

    You might be. Someone has to be the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape person on the trip. And while the great majority of our trips have both single and non-single women, and moms and non-moms, sometimes they don't. But it doesn't matter if you're "different" in any of those ways - what you will share with everyone else is a desire to experience adventure in your life, and an appreciation of the joy and camaraderie of being in an all women's group.

Trip highlights

  • Hiking in the Rocky Mountains at the height of wildflower season
  • Climbing a Rocky Mountains "14er"
  • Spending time in the mountain towns of Aspen and Snowmass
  • Relaxing in the hot tub at the end of a long and satisfying day
  • Being surrounded by the beauty of mountains, lakes, and wildflowers

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