Hi @Tianna - It's great to hear y'all are planning your first backpacking trip!

While there are many amazing backpacking opportunities that require a permit in your area, @Former community member's suggestion of potentially choosing an area that doesn't require one might simplify things for your first trip. 

One route that could be a good fit is Rogers Peak and Heart Lakes in James Peak Wilderness. Hopefully some other community members familiar with Colorado will have some additional suggestions for you as well. @MattyP@johnt@ccrenshaw - do y'all have any ideas to pass along for a first backpacking trip in the Front Range? 

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