Backpacking with Kids - James Peak Wilderness

Check out Deuter employee Justin Selmanson's trip report on his latest adventures backpacking with the kiddos.

This weekend a friend and I took our kids backpacking for the first time. We hiked into the James Peak Wilderness up to Heart lake just below the continental divide. It was about 10 miles round trip. The kids were more the psyched to pack up their Fox 30 packs with all their gear and head to the rocky mountains. After the 4 and half hours of hiking we arrived at Rogers lake and started pulling cutthroat trout like they were going out of style. After a wonderful dinner of cheesy mac and tuna we hit the bivy to rest up. The next day we hiked another half mile to Heart lake which is nestled underneath the divide above tree line. After an hour of fishing we were going to head up to summit the divide at Rogers Pass but were turned around by threatening weather which turned into thunder and lightning and severe down pours. The kids thought this was the best part as testing rain gear and gore-tex boots is nothing short of awesome. We retreated back to Rogers Lake to catch a few more fish and then back to car on a wet muddy trail. The fishing and wild flowers were the highlight of the trip and the kids cannot wait to reload their Fox 30’s and hit some new peaks.

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