hikes & pricing

*Backpacks, trekking poles, and any other necessary gear will be provided for you, unless you have your own you want to bring.
For backpacking trips, additional gear such as tent and sleep setup, and meals will also be provided.*

Guided Backpacking Trips

Embark on an Unforgettable Journey: Guided Backpacking Trips through the Breathtaking Rockies

Explore remote trails, camp under starry skies, and experience the thrill of self-sufficiency on our expert-led backpacking adventures. Our experienced guide will teach you essential wilderness skills while ensuring your safety and enjoyment in nature’s playground.

*All meals are included for backpacking trips. You will also receive an included 4-& 8-week workout program when booking this trip.*

Overnight Trips (2 Days):
Between 6 and 13 miles round trip

Rates are adjusted by # of People: (groups of 5 max)

1 Adult: $1150/person
2 Adults: $950/person
3 Adults: $800/person
4+ Adults: $700/person

2-night Trips (3 Days):

The further back into the mountains you go, the more you learn, the closer you connect, and the further you grow. Push yourself far with a 2-night, 3-day backpacking trip in the Rocky Mountains. 

Between 12 and 20 miles round trip

Rates are adjusted by # of People: (groups of 4 max)

1 Adults: $2000/person
2 Adults: $1750/person
3 Adults: $1450/person
4+ Adults: $1150/person

*prices do not include guide gratuity*

Summit Guided Hikes

Reach New Heights: Conquer the Peak with a Summit Guided Hikes


Feel the exhilaration of standing on the summit, surrounded by panoramic views and a sense of accomplishment few can match. Our expert guide will lead you on a thrilling ascent, providing encouragement, local knowledge, and education every step of the way.

Between 7 and 12 miles round trip.

Day Trip:
Rates are adjusted by # of People: (groups of 4 max)

1 Adults: $475/person
2 Adults: $300/person
3 Adults: $250/person
4 Adults: $275/person

Add a bagged lunch & the Summit Shredder workout plan (includes both a 4-week and 8-week workout program) to prepare for your adventure for $50!

If day trip goes over 10 hours, an additional $60/hour will be charged for each hour over.


Overnight Summit Trip:

Elevate your adventure and create unforgettable memories with this immersive guided trip. We will start with a short hike into a scenic campsite, where you’ll enjoy a hearty dinner amidst panoramic vistas. Acquire essential backpacking skills from our expert guide, as you prepare for the exhilarating ascent that awaits. Rest beneath a canopy of stars, and awaken invigorated for the ultimate climb. Embrace this exceptional opportunity to acclimate to the altitude, ensuring a smooth and triumphant journey to the summit.

Please see the “Overnight Hike” section for pricing.

*prices do not include guide gratuity*

Guided Hike Adventures: Full Day

Discover Nature’s Hidden Gems on a Full Day Guided Hike

Join me on a serene and picturesque journey to pristine alpine lakes calling for you to explore them, or follow the thunderous roar of water to spectacular cascades tucked away in the Heart of the Rockies. Delight in the beauty of crystal-clear waters and dramatic landscapes, while our knowledgeable guide shares knowledge on subjects like hiking safety, risk management, and wildlife encounters, as well as fascinating insights about the area’s unique flora and fauna.

Between 6 and 12 miles round trip.

Full Day Trip:

Rates are adjusted by # of People: (groups of 6 max)

1: $400/person
2: $250/person
3: $210/person
4+: $190/person

If full day trip goes over 8 hours, an additional $60/hr will be charged for each hour over.

*prices do not include guide gratuity*

Guided Hike Adventures: Half Day

Experience the Majesty of the Mountains on a Half Day Guided Hike

Witness the raw power and beauty of nature up close on a breathtaking experience to a colorful alpine lake nestled within the mountains, or discover the splash of snow-fed waterfalls surrounded by towering rocky peaks. Let our knowledgeable guide lead you to these hidden gems while you learn about the area and forge a deeper connection with nature and yourself.

*A bagged lunch is included for all half day trips.*

Between 2 and 6 miles round trip.

Half Day Hike:
Rates are adjusted by # of People: (groups of 6 max)

1: $250/person
2: $150/person
3: $140/person
4+: $120/person

Age 10 & under: $100/child 

*prices do not include guide gratuity*

Guided Trip Add-Ons

Add these items to your trip for a full experience. 

  • Lunch: Add a bagged lunch to your day hike. $15

*A bagged lunch is already included for all half day trips, and all meals are included for backpacking trips.*

    • Lunch AND Pre-Hike workout plan: add a delicious bagged lunch and the Summit Shredder workout plan (includes both a 4-week and 8-week workout program) to help you prepare for your big adventure. $50 
    • Photography; 7-10 professional, edited photos taken along your hike and sent for you to look back these incredible mountain memories on forever. $250


    “I decided to book my first ever backpacking and camping trip with Ground Up Adventures and it’s one of the best decisions I have made. Not only did Shelby guide me up 3.5 miles to the most dreamy camp site, she provided an abundance of knowledge, supplies, made me feel comfortable and safe, and provided some of the yummiest food and warm drinks! Shelby made me feel empowered and confident so that I could take the trail on my own next time! Shelby knows her stuff and let her share with you! Book the trip and make that next adventure happen!”

    - Hanna K. (Colorado)

    Shelby is a fantastic guide, extremely knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and empowering to talk to! I feel so much more confident after backpacking with her – and even better, the food she makes is delicious!! I mean she made dairy-free hot chocolate at over 12,000 feet, what could be better?!

    - Melissa B. (Colorado)

    “I had an absolutely incredible experience hiking a 14er with Shelby at Ground Up Adventures! Her expertise about the mountains was incredible and her enthusiasm for the mountain was infectious, making the trip both fun and educational. I couldn’t have asked for a better guide to share the fun and adventure of conquering a first 14er. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking an unforgettable hiking experience!”

    - Alex M. (Colorado)

    I rate Shelby and Ground Up Adventures five stars without hesitation and from firsthand experience. I highly recommend her for guided hikes in Colorado and the many benefits from her teaching skills and techniques that made my time with her unforgettable.

    My interaction with Shelby started over a year ago by communication via Instagram. I quickly felt that she was courteous, friendly, professional, and well versed in hiking and backpacking. She unselfishly provided responses and resources to my questions, and we developed a relationship such that I committed to traveling from Florida to Colorado to use her as my guide.

    When that day finally came, we travelled to a trailhead leading to an alpine lake and a glacial lake. From the get-go she reviewed my equipment with me and showed a genuine concern for my wellbeing and state of mind (she showed this concern from the day I first communicated with her). Having injured my knee on a previous hike before reaching Colorado, Shelby met me where I was. That meant the world to me. During that day hike, and the second hike to a waterfall, she educated me on foliage, wildlife, ways to tell the turning of the seasons, techniques for hiking to reduce energy usage and reduce stress on knees, amongst many other topics we covered on our full day hikes! The views were spectacular and I cannot thank her enough for helping me document the hikes with photos and videos! Needless to say, I left Colorado with an arsenal of relevant information that I could immediately put into use as a solo hiker. There is so much more I can say about my time with Shelby both on the trail and in our communications.

    This review cannot convey enough the gratitude I have for her and the support that she gave me, as she will give to you. Thank you, Shelby, for memories that will last a lifetime!”

    - Anthony H. (Florida)

    “Booking a hike with Ground Up Adventures was an incredible and rewarding experience. Coming from the East Coast, I wasn’t sure what to expect when it came to adventuring in Colorado and I wanted to get a better understanding of the mountain trails and how I could apply my previous skills in a new environment. Not only did Shelby provide a great overview of the differences and what to expect—I learned so much more than I expected and left the hike feeling much more confident in my abilities and was more comfortable challenging myself for future adventures on my own. Having a decent amount of hiking and backpacking exposure in the past, I certainly hesitated to book the hike at first but was ultimately thrilled with the experience and I definitely have some great memories to reflect back on. I’d absolutely recommended that anyone visiting, moving, or even living in the area should book a guided hike no matter what your skill level is—there is always something to learn and Shelby is a wealth of knowledge. When it comes to safety, preparedness, and park knowledge, I wouldn’t look anywhere else. I’ll definitely be looking to book more hikes in the near future.”

    - Andrew A. (Colorado)

    “I recently had the pleasure of booking a hike with Shelby in Rocky Mountain National Park on a short 5 mile trip. On this adventure we saw beautiful mountain lakes, rivers, and even a glacier. We also discussed local plants, wildlife, geography of the land, as well as essentials for hiking. She was super friendly, not only to me but to others on the trail as she was more than happy to assist those who were unsure about their location on the trail. This would have taken me days to organize and I would have not have had such an awesome experience.  It definitely exceeded my expectations and the cost to value of my adventure was worth it! 10/10 recommend booking with Ground Up Adventures!”

    - Matt S. (Arizona)

    I went on a guided hike with Shelby in Rocky Mountain National Park. Along with the fall colors, unmatched beauty of the park, and the challenge of the hike, Shelby was extremely knowledgeable and encouraging the whole way. From excellent communication as I reached out with questions before I booked through the day of the hike. Shelby offered multiple hikes to choose from and gave me enough information to make an informed decision. The entire experience from learning more about hiking, RMNP, solo-hiking, and Shelby’s enthusiasm throughout made it so worthwhile. I highly recommend booking Shelby and I’ll look forward to more adventures with her in the future.”

    - Alicia S. (Colorado)

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