Approaches/2 Day Hikes

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Re: Approaches/2 Day Hikes

Postby GregMiller » Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:25 pm

I'll second Sneffels SW Ridge via Blue Lakes, they're absolutely gorgeous, wish I'd hiked in to the lakes and camped there instead of camping at the trailhead and doing all 13 miles in one day.
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Re: Approaches/2 Day Hikes

Postby Jim Davies » Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:33 pm

mtree wrote:Crestone Peak and/or Needle. Hike in and camp at South Colony lakes.

Or for more adventure, from the west via Cottonwood Creek.
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Re: Approaches/2 Day Hikes

Postby spadflyer12 » Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:01 am

Lemmiwinks wrote:Snowmass standard route from snowmass lake.
Kit carson and challenger from willow lake.
Blanca and ellingwood from lake como.

Those are the ones that immediately came to mind.

I don't know anything about Snowmass, but Blanca and Ellingwood from lake como is a good 2-day adventure. If you don't have a 4WD vehicle or are just feeling adventurous the hike from the car to lake como is about 5.6 miles with about 4000' in elevation gain. Have have yet to do Blanca or Ellingwood, but I did Little Bear last weekend and boy that was one hell of a hike back to the car after summiting.

Anything off of South Colony lakes is also good. If you get up their early enough on day 1 you can do Humboldt, then hit up Crestone Peak or Needle on day 2. (Or do the traverse from Peak to Needle on day 2 and summit all 3)
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Re: Approaches/2 Day Hikes

Postby bohlsen » Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:06 am

There's a couple of Centennial 13ers (the 46 tallest 13ers, all above 14000' and with less crowds than 14ers) that sound like exactly what you're looking for as long as you don't mind climbing something without the 14er label.

Vermilion Peak (along with Pilot Knob and Golden Horn next to it) has the Ice Lake Basin approach which is supposed to be one of the most spectacular places in the entire state.
Rio Grande Pyramid: one of the more remote and scenic peaks but not too long or difficult
Pacific/Atlantic/Crystal: You could backpack into the upper basin and get 3 13ers in a single day without too much effort

As far as 14ers go you could backpack into Conundrum Hot Springs and climb Castle from the non-standard side
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