Porcupine Backcountry Campsite lies in a mixed conifer forest on the south side of North Inlet Trail and Creek on the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Reach the two-site camping area by hiking 6.8 miles east on North Inlet Trail from the trailhead near Grand Lake. A wooden sign marks a side path that drops down and crosses the creek on a bridge to the campsite. The trail to the 9,360-foot campsite gains 820 feet from the trailhead and takes six or seven hours to hike from car to camp. Another option is to hike 9.9 miles from Bear Lake Trailhead on the east side of the park, climbing over the Continental Divide. There’s no privy at the site, so bring wag bags for proper sanitation. Get water from the creek but boil or treat before use. Porcupine Campsite is snow-free by June 25.
Recommended season(s): June to September.
—Stewart M. Green