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Hiking Colorado Fourteeners
Kit Carson Peak and Challenger Point: A Long Day

These were two great mountains in the Sangre de Cristos. This was a 15 hour day including backpacking out to the trailhead. At the Kit Carson summit, the Crestones (Peak and Needle) hovered behind us as if to say: “Try me, we get even more difficult”

 

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Ellingwood Pt. from S. Zapata Lake

 

To avoid the busy and rough Lake Como Road and the crowds at Lake Como camp-sites we followed an alternate route from South Zapata Lake. The route to summit was long, rocky, loose and cold on the shady side of the peak. We did get to see Big Horn Sheep for my 1st sighting.

 

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Three Summits in One Long Day

Redcloud and Sunshine Peaks, both fourteeners in the San Juan Range, can be done together, but the only way down is to climb Redcloud again on the return. A long day, 12 miles and 4,800' elevation gain. Emme, the amazing Australian Terrier, did all three summits, 9 ½ hours effort and she's 10 ½ years old – this was her 14th and 15th mountain.

 

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Mt. Belford and Mt. Oxford Climbed Under Full Moon


Mt. Belford and Mt. Oxford are two fourteeners in the Sawatch Range that includes the Collegiates near Buena Vista. We deduced to climb these two peaks under the light of the first full moon of summer, called the “Super Moon” since it is when the moon is closest to earth and hence appears at tis largest.

 

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Mt. Massive

Mount Massive is the third highest peak in the lower 48 states framing Leadville, CO which is the highest city in the United States. Massive is a huge mountain with five summits over 14,000’ We climbed it from the North Halfmoon Creek trailhead.

We saw the rare white Marmot all grown up from the juvenile we saw on a prior attempt at this peak in 2010.

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Mt Sherman 14,036’

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Now we’ve done all the South Park 14ers!


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Mount of the Holy Cross – A Colorado Iconic Mountain
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A famous Colorado fourteener for its snow-gully Cross and proclaimed Holy Cross National Monument by Herbert Hoover, it is the subject of the poem “The Cross of Snow” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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Castle and Conundrum Peaks – Adventure on Rock and Snow

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A solo attempt in 2009 redone in 2013 to nab both peaks. Castle and Conundrum are fourteeners visible from home. Unique among most mountain routes, snow fields are present well into the summer on the descent from this pair affording uphill trekking with crampons and fun downhill glissading with ice ax arrests.


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Mt Princeton 14,197’
  1. HERE solo with Emme the 14er dog.
  2. HERE as a birthday climb with balloons!

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Mt. Antero
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Mt. Antero in the Collegiates, the highest
mineral-laden terroir in the country.


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Grays and Torreys – Emme lost and found
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Grays Peak is the highest U.S. peak on the Continental Divide. High winds almost blew us off Torreys!

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Mt. Bierstadt, Mt. Evans and the Sawtooth Traverse

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Mt. Evans is the closest and one of the most visible peaks to Denverites. It has a paved road to within 130’ of the summit, the highest in North America.

However the climbing approach to the Mt. Evans summit takes the more circuitous and challenging route that summits Mt. Bierstadt first, then traverses a ridge called the Sawtooth all the way to the Sawtooth summit (a named thirteener) and finishes with a long 1.5 mile approach to Mt. Evans.
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Missouri Mountain
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Another “Collegiate” fourteener, climbed despite a few recent deaths  on the mountain.

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La Plata
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La Plata is a bigger climb – 4500’ of vertical, 10 miles, some rock scrambling and snow!

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Mt. Harvard and Mt. Columbia
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Two fourteeners near Buena Vista in the Collegiates subset of the Sawatch Range. Mt. Harvard is a delight especially from campsite near tree line, but Columbia was as loose, steep and ugly as any fourteener.

PLUS: Day and Overnight Equipment Checklist - HERE

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Quandary Peak: Rocky’s First Fourteener
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Quandary Peak is one of the most popular mountains to hike, a Class One “walk-up.” Rocky the Australian Terrier summited for the first time. He’s the grandson of “the fourteener dog” Emme who, after 17 summits has passed the age of 12.

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Culebra Peak from San Luis, Colorado's Oldest Town

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Culebra Peak is the only privately-owned fourteener. It is accessed from San Luis, only 8 miles from the New Mexico border. The town, formed in 1851, has the striking "Chapel of All Saints and a world-famous shrine called Stations of the Cross – 15 amazing bronze statues on a one mile uphill path, depicting Christ's last hours.

 


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Mt. Shavano
 

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Mt. Shavano with its Angel of Shavano gully is the flagship fourteener associated with the town of Salida. Also in this article are pragmatic mountain weather forecasting notes mainly using cloud formations.

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Tabegauche Peak – A Near Miss with a Very Bad Gulch

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We went at this mountain from the closed Jennings Creek trailhead, carefully avoiding the erosion causing the closure. But on the way down we narrowly missed "cliffing out" at McCoy Gulch.

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Uncompahgre Peak – First Sample of the Beautiful San Juans

Uncompahgre Peak from the Nellie Creek trailhead is not difficult, but a great day’s outing with sheer beauty all around

The San Juans sport some of the most beautiful mountain scenery of all the ranges in Colorado, although no single mountain would rival the Maroon Bells for volume of photo count.

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Huron Peak with Brett

Huron Peak is a nice, easy Class 2 hike starting just above the partially restored ghost town of Winfield and through a pretty meadow with great wildflowers.


 

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Yale Mountain 14,196’

Yale Mountain is one of the Collegiates in the Sawatch Range accessed from Buena Vista just over Independence Pass from Aspen. I was joined by our Australian Terrier Emme and son Brett, his dog Amos. Emme, at 20 lbs and short terrier legs – was to go on to hike/climb 17 fourteeners, raising funds for the Aspen Animal Shelter and getting serious news coverage.


 

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Handies Peak in the San Juans from American Basin

Starting in Lake City, a Colorado classic western town in the San Juan Range; Hiking, climbing from the American Basin, a caldera left over from the volcanic activity millions of years ago making for a picturesque and very snowy day.


 

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Mt. Elbert – My First Fourteener

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Mt. Elbert at 14,440’ is the tallest in the state of Colorado, but one of the easiest to walk up – and is therefore many hikers’ first tall peak, including mine. This was in 2002, and while I loved it, for some reason it wasn’t until several years later I took up the fourteener quest with vibrancy.

Also included here is info on the re-calibrating of elevations of most high points in the West including Colorado’s fourteeners.


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