WHAT TO BRING
Trip Planning


Wolf Creek Backcountry provides unique lodging with our Pass Creek Yurt.  Nestled at the foot of the Continental Divide, the Pass Creek Yurt delivers miles of hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and snowshoeing right out the door.   Everything is in place for your comfy wilderness stay, including hut shoes! Check out our seasonal planning lists below.  Solar lights illuminate evening games, laughs, reading, or storytelling. Private, the peace, serenity, and beauty is unmatched.

Packing Lists

  • Chevron down SUMMER PLANNING
  • What to Bring
    • Lightweight sleeping bag, or sheets & blanket
    • Favorite pillow case, earplugs
    • Clothing in layers
    • Food, libation
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Bikes and hiking boots
    • A Good Read
    • Camera
    • Good friends and family
    • Well-behaved dogs
    • 7.5’ Topo maps: Elwood Pass, Wolf Creek Pass
    What to Leave at Home
    • Hair dryers, curling irons, coffee pots and other power-hungry plug-ins
    • “9-to-5” stress
    What’s There
    • Bunk beds with pillows accommodate up to 6 people
    • Two comfy dog beds
    • Bathroom: Lovely, clean outhouse with a view adjacent to Yurt, toilet paper, hand sanitizer
    • Solar shower
    Food
    • 64 qt empty cooler & metal rodent-proof box
    • Repackage food at home to limit garbage
    • Plan simple meals (see FAQS)
    Water

    Water from nearby creek. Purified with Berkey water filter (provided)

    Waste Water

    Collect waste water in the labeled bucket, dispose of in outhouse.

    Indoor Fun

    Games, puzzles, decks of cards, books

    Wood Stove
  • Chevron down WINTER PLANNING
  • What to Bring
    • Warm sleeping bag
    • Favorite pillow case, earplugs
    • Clothing in layers
    • Food, libation
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Skis, snowshoes, snowboards
    • Avalanche safety gear: beacon, probe, shovel
    • Pee bottle (for those midnight ‘nature’ breaks)
    • A Good Read
    • Camera
    • Good friends and family
    • 7.5’ Topo maps: Elwood Pass, Wolf Creek Pass
    What to Leave at Home
    • Hair dryers, curling irons, coffee pots and other power-hungry plug-ins
    • Pets (melted yellow snow for drinking water is undesirable)
    • Daily stresses
    What’s There
    • Bunk beds with pillows accommodate up to 6 people
    • Croc hut shoes
    • Bathroom: Lovely, clean outhouse with a view adjacent to Yurt, toilet paper, hand sanitizer
    Wood Stove

    Matches, newspaper, pre-split firewood; and kindling (split by preceding group)
    Firewood access through floor trap door

    Food
    • Repackage food at home to limit garbage
    • Plan simple meals (see FAQS)
    Water

    Snow melt for water

    Pets

    Dogs are NOT ALLOWED at the Pass Creek Yurt in winter.

    Winter Safety

    Winter backcountry travel is a hazardous activity. Be realistic. Do not overestimate your or other’s abilities. Remember your group is only as strong as its weakest member.

    All group members should have an avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe – and know how to use them. (We teach avalanche courses if you need a Rec L1 or L2 avalanche course! 🙂 Click here for more information.)

    Group gear should include a first aid kit, map and compass, and an equipment repair kit.

Provided Materials & Services

  • Chevron down COOKING & EATING
    • A three-burner propane cook stove and propane
    • Cooking pots, pans, skillets, griddle, a small stove-top oven, muffin pan
    • Plates, bowls, mugs, cups, silverware, knives, sharpener
    • Utensils, #6 coffee cone, two French-presses, cheese grater, corkscrew, bottle opener, can opener, cutting boards
    • Salt & pepper
    • Matches
  • Chevron down HOUSEKEEPING
  • Everything you need is there.

    Use the brooms and dustpans to keep the Yurt clean.

  • Chevron down ELECTRICITY
  • Solar-powered lights

    NO OUTLETS

    Bring a power pack or small solar panel to charge your electronics.

  • Chevron down GARBAGE
  • Garbage bags provided.

    Please pack out all of your garbage.

  • Chevron down INDOOR FUN
  • Games, puzzles, decks of cards, and books are provided in the Yurt.

  • Chevron down SAFETY
  • No first aid supplies at the Pass Creek Yurt. Only minimal repair items/tools.

  • Chevron down EMERGENCY
  • In the event of an emergency, call 911 or contact the Mineral County Sheriff (719) 658-2600.

    Leave an itinerary with someone (not Wolf Creek Backcountry) who can notify authorities should your group be overdue. Cell phone reception in the area of the Pass Creek Yurt is generally reliable for Verizon and AT&T.

    We suggest each trip member purchase a Search and Rescue card for $5/year.