The Hole-in-the-Wall Backcountry Campsite is the first of five campsites along the popular Sandbeach Lake Trail, which runs 4.2 miles from the Wild Basin Entrance Station to Sandbeach Lake. The Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park is a scenic region of rocky peaks, pristine glaciated valleys, waterfalls, and lakes. The single-site camping area, located at 9,240 feet, is 1.9 miles from Sandbeach Lake Trailhead west of Colorado 7. It’s located in a dense lodgepole pine forest on the south side of the trail and Campers Creek. Campers Creek Campsite is just west of it. Hole-in-the-Wall doesn’t have a privy, so it’s best to bring wag bags for human waste. Get water from Campers Creek. Be sure to treat or boil all water before use. Allow two hours to hike from car to camp. The site is clear of snow by late May.
Recommended season(s): June to September.
—Stewart M. Green