Lake County Backpacking Trip

Are you a current 7th or 8th grader at Lake County Middle School? Come join us!

The Lake County Backpack Trip is a fun, week-long adventure that culminates with a backpacking trip in the very mountains that make up our backyard. Visit beautiful high alpine lakes, learn how to cook pizza on a camp stove, sleep under the stars, make great new friends, and challenge yourself! The trip is free for all participants and will be run by the High Mountain Institute in partnership with Full Circle of Lake County and the Lake County School District. No experience is necessary.

July 24 - July 29, 2017

Applications are due Thursday, April 28, 2017. Please return your application to the front desk at the Lake County High School, Rohan Roy from Full Circle (719-486-2400;, or Libbey Holewski from the High Mountain Institute (719-486-8200 x107; We will notify you by May 5th if you have been selected for the program. Students will be selected using a lottery system.

Las solicitudes deben ser entregadas antes del jueves, 28 de abril. Por favor entregue su solicitud en la oficina de Lake County High School, Rohan Roy de Full Circle (719-486-2400;, o Libbey Holewski de High Mountain Institute (719-486-8200 x107; Le notificaremos para 5 de mayo si ha sido seleccionado para el programa. Los estudiantes serán seleccionados mediante un sistema de lotería.

After April 28 applications will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis based on available space.

What to Expect

Days 1 - 2 (two overnights): The first two days are spent getting to know each other and preparing for the upcoming backpacking trip. We learn how to set up a tent, cook a meal on a camping stove, and read a map. We also go on a couple of day hikes and take a refreshing dip in Turquoise Lake. Transportation is provided to the High Mountain Institute’s campus on the first day (just outside Leadville by the Fish Hatchery) and back home at the end of the trip. We will spend the first two nights camping out on HMI’s campus. On the final day before our four-day backpacking trip, we pack all of the food and gear that we need. All equipment is provided. We also find some time to play games with our news friends, such as soccer or basketball. 

Day 3 - 6 (three overnights): Then it is off into the backcountry for four days of backpacking! We hike through spectacular mountains and camp under the stars near crystal-clear lakes. Over the course of the trip we learn the basic skills to camp and travel comfortably in the wilderness. Plus, we have lots of fun while we’re at it!

For more information in English, click here.

Para más información en Español haga click aquí.

The Lake County Backpacking Trip is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Kayne Family Foundation.