Thousands of visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park each summer try to climb 14,255-foot Longs Peak, which with a 14.5-mile hike and 5,100 feet of climbing ranks among the toughest of Colorado’s fourteeners to tackle. More than half who try don’t make it to the top. Backpackers can improve their chances by spending the night before at this campsite high on the mountain. As the name implies, it’s in the middle of a boulder field at 12,760 feet. The campsite has nine sites in rock rings, with a bathroom and water to filter from Boulder Brook. It is six miles up the trail, so it’s only another 1.5 miles to the summit of Longs Peak.
Recommended season(s): Mid-summer – mid-fall.
—R. Scott Rappold