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One last climb

Postby Paragon4 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:43 pm

Hey all, looks like I'm heading to Colorado one last time before winter. Any suggestions on a climb? My first and last summit was Wetterhorn Peak, so it has to be awesome. Maybe something in the elks?
Also, I'm heading over on Oct 5-10; what are the conditions this time of the year?
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Re: One last climb

Postby Jesse M » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:09 pm

Ha, Wetterhorn was my first also. Wilson peak was my second so maybe that could be a good option. From the ones I have done I would suggest Huron, super views and a fun hike, much easier than Wetterhorn but has charm. Bierstadt/Sawtooth/Evans would be my next suggestion. Good luck, who knows what it will be like in Oct, I hope for snow!
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Re: One last climb

Postby Paragon4 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:16 pm

Wilson sounds ok except the hike; I don't have 4wd. Tell me about Huron. Im not a 14 bagger, just want a good hike and summit if possible.
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Re: One last climb

Postby Jesse M » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:44 pm

Huron has the reputation of being the 14er with the best views in the Sawatch, thus far I agree. You can make it to the 2WD TH in just about any car, my chevy Aveo has done it a few times, once this summer but only to the Sheep Gulch TH, just be ready
for washboard. This is in no way a scramble and is a 9.2 mile roundtrip from the 2WD TH. The views include the Three Apostles, an area you could also climb in from the Winfield TH if you're into the whole scramble thing. The Northwest Slopes would be the 'standard' route. I had a failed attempt on the North Ridge but it looked really awesome from Browns Peak, and was a great climb to the summit of Browns.
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Re: One last climb

Postby laxcountrypiper » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:05 pm

Hike La Plata from Winfield. In my humble opinion it's a far better hike. Less people, some of the best scenery on any trail, and while not a difficult rout, has interesting and variable terrain.
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Re: One last climb

Postby nyker » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:08 pm

Paragon4 wrote:Wilson sounds ok except the hike; I don't have 4wd. Tell me about Huron. Im not a 14 bagger, just want a good hike and summit if possible.


Not sure what you mean by "the hike" on Wilson Peak - I'd highly recommend this climb: The road is actually not too bad and you can get to at least that stream in a normal 2wd vehicle. The hike up the saddle traverses some great terrain.

See my report for some details:

http://14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=12864&parmpeak=Wilson+Peak&cpgm=tripmain&ski=Include

Totally depends on what you want to do though. Though some folks will say the hated certain 14ers, I didn't hate any. There are some I'd do again before others, but can't say I hated any trips, quite the contrary, I've enjoyed every one! Watch out for hunters though, wear an orange hat and have fun!
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Re: One last climb

Postby Paragon4 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:27 pm

When I say "the hike" --and there is no way to say this without sounding like a weenie-- I'm talking about the 16 mile trip length. Thanks for the info though.
I would do Wetterhorn again in a heartbeat; great climb, short hike, awesome.
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