Good intermediate climb near Aspen?

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Re: Good intermediate climb near Aspen?

Postby James Dziezynski » Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:04 pm

If you aren't married to the 14,000 ft. elevation stat, the hiking off Independence Pass at Lost Man Lake and Geissler Peak is really wonderful. The parking is easy, it's a mile from the summit of the pass on the west side. There's a little pull off for about 6 or 7 vehicles and a few more spots on the other side of the road. There's several nice lakes, including Independence Lake and if you go up and over Lost Man Pass, Lost Man Lake (not to mention Colorado's lowest official 13er, Peak 13,001).

Geissler Peak is actually several little summits that you can hike then loop back to the parking lot. Really a pretty area and relatively close to Aspen.
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Re: Good intermediate climb near Aspen?

Postby OBC13 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:14 pm

Mt. Sopris is about 14 miles round trip, Class 2, but once you get on the ridge there is a long hike over false summits with a high risk of lightning since Mt.Sopris is very isolated from other adjacent high peaks. To do it in one day and be well down the ridge by noon you have to get an early start for sure. It is also 4600(+) vertical.
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