Mummy Pass Creek Backcountry Campsite sits on the south side of Mummy Pass Creek in northern Rocky Mountain National Park. The single site, located at 10,640 feet, lies among spruce trees and meadows in a broad hanging valley carved by glaciers. It’s a great campsite if you’re visiting Mirror Lake or climbing Comanche Peak or Fall Mountain. The campsite is 4.6 miles from the Corral Creek Trailhead, via Corral Park, Poudre River, and Mummy Creek trails. The hike gains a net 640 feet from the trailhead, with a 920-foot gain and a 280-foot loss. Allow five or six hours to backpack to the site. There’s no privy so bring wag bags for waste. Get water from Mummy Pass Creek, but boil or treat before using. The campsite is free of snow by early July.

 Pro Tips

  • Reach Mummy Pass Creek Campsite from Fort Collins and Interstate 25 by driving northwest on U.S. 287 for ten miles. Turn left or west on Colorado 14 and drive 51 miles to a left or south turn onto Long Draw Road/Forest Road 156. Follow the gravel road for eight miles to the Corral Creek Trailhead on the left side of the road. Descend Corral Park Trail, to Poudre River Trail. Go right a short distance and then left on Mummy Pass Trail. Follow it for 2.4 miles to a junction with Mirror Lake Trail. Continue straight a short distance to a wooden sign that marks a path to the site on the right.
  • A backcountry permit is required for all overnight camping in Rocky Mountain National Park’s backcountry. Get permits at the Park Headquarters Backcountry Office next to Beaver Meadows Visitor Center west of Estes Park, at Kawuneeche Visitor Center north of Grand Lake, or at the park website.
  • You agree to obey National Park regulations for backcountry camping when you get a Backcountry Use Permit. The permit must be with you at all times and a tent tag must be displayed on your pack while hiking and on your tent. You must follow your planned itinerary so campsites aren’t overused or crowded. You also receive a tag to place on the dashboard of your vehicle, allowing overnight parking at trailheads without being towed.
  • Practice a Leave No Trace ethic when camping at Mummy Pass Creek. Pitch tents in designated areas near a silver arrowhead. Secure food and garbage. Store food in a bear-resistant canister, which is required from May to October at all campsites below timberline. Keep food, trash, and scented items in the container and stash it 200 feet from your site. Don’t camp below dead trees; wind storms blow branches off them.
  • There’s no privy at the campsite. Pack in at least two RESTOP wag bags for human waste to avoid site contamination. In an emergency, dig a six-inch deep hole and bury waste and toilet paper. Make sure you’re at least 200 feet from the campsite, water sources, and trails.
  • Recommended season(s): July through September.

    —Stewart M. Green

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