Fjällraven Classic USA

In 2016, Classic USA was the start of a whole new chapter in the Fjällräven Classic USA. It was the first Classic to take place outside of Europe, and it also brings a new dimension to Classic trekking: altitude. In 2022 we’re back for 30+ miles of challenges in learning and fun in the Colorado Rockies. Learn more about this epic trek where you will find out about caring for nature while hiking through amazing terrain.

Colorado Mountains, CO, United States
From August 23 to
August 26, 2022
4 days
Difficult Levels: Hard
Landscape: Mountain
Special Interest: Nature
Organizer type: Global Company


Fjällraven Classic USA

Building on the inspiration and magic behind the Fjällräven Swedish Classic, we launched the Fjällräven US Classic in 2016. This unique adventure not only taps into our Swedish history, but builds community and long-lasting memories for all who attend this 3-day epic journey.

Colorado Mountains, CO, United States


Fjällraven Classic USA

Where can I pitch my tent?+

All walking and camping permits required for being in the area are included in the ticket price. There will be two nights out in tents. We have set up designated and approved camp sites where you must pitch your tent.

Do I have to stop at each checkpoint?+

Yes. Your Hiking Pass will be stamped at each checkpoint. If Fjällräven officials have to leave the checkpoint in an emergency, the stamp will be left outside the tent and you can stamp your Hiking Pass yourself. Each checkpoint will have water and snacks with occasional surprises for you so make sure to stop by and say hi!

What equipment do I need?+

We’ve put together a pack list for Classic USA. But basically a backpack, tent, sleeping bag, stove and trekking clothes for both rain and sunshine. Don’t forget your map, compass, torch, water filter, bear canister and first aid kit, either.

What’s the weather usually like?+

Classic USA weather is characterized by dry, warm days and cool nights. Daytime temperatures can reach above 80°F (27°C) while under a clear night sky there may be frost on the ground. Mountain weather is unpredictable, so come prepared for all weather. Our best advice is to check the weather before you start packing.
What should I do if I see a moose?+
We are in moose country. Normally they spot you before you see them and then walk the other way. If you spot a moose that has not seen you, leave it alone. Keep a good distance to the animal. Never try to come close in order to take photos. Never walk between a cow and calf.

Should I get to the mountains and stay at altitude the night before the event?+

Yes! We highly suggest if you are coming in from out-of-state, you make your way up to Nederland for registration to give your body some time to acclimate to the elevation. Registration & Trekkers Village will be open in the early afternoon for you to get ready, meet other trekkers and enjoy an informational happy hour that evening!

COVID-19 Outbreak+

As you are aware, the COVID-19 situation made us cancel a lot of Fjällräven Classic events planned for 2020 and 2021. We hope that the situation will be a lot better during the summer and we plan to run all the Fjällräven Classic events around the world 2022. Fjällräven is monitoring the development both globally and in the specific areas where we host events. We will under no condition proceed with our events if we see that they could jeopardize the health or safety of our trekkers, volunteers, or staff in any way. Needless to say, we will comply to any rules or regulations issued by authorities in the areas we operate. Keep you updated reading all on COVID-19 OUTBREAK

Are trekking poles a good idea?+

Yep, we certainly think so. They help with balance over slippery parts and make going up and down hill, easier too. We recommend telescopic poles that you can adjust. You can then shorten them when going up hill and lengthen them when going down. Shock absorbing poles are also a great idea over long distances.

What should I do if my equipment breaks?+

Help is on hand at checkpoints and nightcamps. And you’re never far from a checkpoint. Also, you can always ask fellow trekkers for help.

Will my mobile phone work?+

The short answer is: No. The long answer is: It’s hard to say as it depends on your service provider and whereabouts you are on the trail. But we recommend turning it off and getting back to nature for a few days.

Do I have to have trekking experience and be in good shape?+

Fjällräven Classic USA is considered an advanced hike. Hiking long distances at altitude and on steep inclines and declines is not easy. Having experience hiking at altitude with a heavier pack is beneficial. But you need to be comfortable carrying a heavy backpack on consecutive days on varying, often steep terrain.

How should I prepare?+

The main thing is to properly walk in your hiking boots and get used to carrying a heavy backpack. Start with easy walks in your local area and build up to over-night trips in more undulating backcountry terrain. We recommend that you have at least 125 hiking miles (200 hiking kilometres) under your belt before your hit the Classic USA trail.

Do I need to take my own food?+

We will be providing dinner for one of the nights. For your other meals, we provide you with freeze-dried meals for two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner. These meals are designed to be filling and nutritious and meet the requirements of an average adult. But it’s nice to have something to snack on along the way. Trail mix of nuts and dried fruit is a great and healthy option for slow-burning energy.

Can I drink water from the streams and creeks?+

If you want to drink from creeks and streams along the way you’ll need to use a water filter. A Grayl water filter bottle is included in the ticket price. But you should always avoid stagnant water sources. We'll also provide drinking water at all the checkpoints.

What’s the highest point on the trek and will altitude sickness be an issue?+

Fjällräven Classic USA is a high-altitude trek with lots of ascents and descents to tackle. But the absolute highest point will be around 12,000ft (3,658m). To minimize your chances of suffering from altitude sickness stay well hydrated and please take your time. We recommend drinking 1 gallon (3.5lts) of water each day. If you experience the first symptoms of altitude sickness – dizziness, dehydration and headaches – rest for a while, drink water and then seek help at the nearest checkpoint.

Is there a time limit?+

Day 1 and 2 will have no time limit. We want you to take your time and enjoy being out in the Colorado backcountry. Day light will be between 5am to 9pm, and the night camps will be staffed all night. Prior to leaving Gold Hill Camp (Day 3) trekkers will be advised of cutoff at checkpoint 3, and be given the opportunity (option) to be shuttled down to HW91/Colorado Trail for the 1.3 mile finish into Copper Village (Trekkers Inn). All trekkers who hike day 3 will be on trail by 6:00am Sunday morning to make checkpoint 3 cutoff @8:45. Atvs and trucks will be staged at campsite 3 and if needed checkpoint 3 in preparation for shuttle back to HW91 and Copper Village.

Can I bring my dog?+

No dogs will be allowed.


Fjällraven Classic USA