Meet Stasia Callaghan, Backpacker’s Denver Trail Scout

The author and hiker shares her celebrated native trails—and the one article of apparel she doesn’t sprint away dwelling without.

Note Stasia’s adventures on her I Raze no longer Dwell in a Van blog. 

Age: 26

Place of origin: Breckenridge, CO

Day job: I work for a lodging company in Breckenridge and freelance write on the facet.

All-time celebrated native dayhike: Mt. Evans by the spend of the Chicago Lakes Path. Or no longer it’s a protracted haul, nonetheless your entire hike is fantastic (lakes, wildflowers, and excessive-alpine views) and usually no longer as crowded as other trails within the Mt. Evans space. Plus, must you do now not probably feel like wrecking your knees on the downhill, you may per chance moreover shuttle a automotive and drive help down to the trailhead from the summit.

Favourite native in a single day hike: Willow Lakes within the Gore Fluctuate. I’m a sucker for alpine lakes, and this attach has three–alongside with killer views of Purple Peak. Legal take into accout the malicious program spray must you sprint in early summer season!

Finest prehike breakfast attach:Two Brothers Cafe in Idaho Springs. I’m a stickler by near of intriguing a lawful breakfast, and there may per chance be no greater prehike meal than a hefty breakfast burrito.

Finest posthike dinner attach: Arapahoe Cafe in Dillon.

Favourite factor about climbing round Denver:The easy rep entry to to the excessive alpine! Because of the Colorado is already so excessive in elevation, you’ll be succesful to no longer possess to glimpse some distance for a hike that sends you above treeline.

Top tip for Denver hikers: Always pack a softshell jacket. Or no longer it’s breathable ample to hike in and may per chance per chance moreover merely unruffled protect you if shock weather rolls in, which occurs all too usually in Colorado.

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