BOBBY MAGILL

Journalist • Photographer

Bobby Magill is a senior science writer for Climate Central in New York and a journalist who has covered fracking and the environment in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001. 

Following the Crowds: A Holy Cross Wilderness weekend

Jacob, some of our friends and I spent last weekend hiking in the Holy Cross Wilderness south of Vail, completing the 8.8 mile Missouri Pass-Fancy Pass loop via Treasure Vault Lake. I've seen crowds of people in the Colorado backcountry before, but nothing (except for Longs Peak) quite like the 50+ cars piled up at the Fancy Lake-Missouri Lakes trailhead:

Once we summited 12,400' Fancy Pass, we encountered a massive snowfield, which we had to descend to reach Fancy Lake about 900 vertical feet and a half mile below. A testament to having spent too much time in the city or in a car since the snow stopped flying, sliding down this snowfield was the most fun I've had sitting on my ass this summer.

No weekend in the woods is complete with out a dutch oven dinner, so I cooked up some chicken barbecue stew for Jacob and our friends Dave, Christian and Chad. I hope they learned a lesson this weekend: If you can't cook over a campfire, you don't belong in the woods!

The full photo gallery from the weekend is here.