Pine Marten Backcountry Campsite is a two-site camping area between the Lake Nanita Trail and a creek in a high glaciated valley on the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park. The campsites make a good basecamp if you’re hiking to Lake Nanita and Lake Nokoni. The site, located at 9,560 feet, is 7.8 miles from the North Inlet Trailhead by Grand Lake or 9.5 miles from Bear Lake Trailhead on the park’s eastern slope. Allow seven to nine hours to hike the North Inlet Trail from car to camp. The trail gains 1,020 feet of elevation. There’s no privy at the site so bring wag bags for proper sanitation. Get water from the creek, but treat or boil before use. The campsite is snow-free by July 6.
Recommended season(s): July to September.
—Stewart M. Green