Best Peak near Buena Vista for beginners

FAQ and threads for those just starting to hike the Colorado 14ers.
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Postby greenwok » Wed Jul 04, 2007 8:43 pm

Huron was my first 14er...and still one of my favorite hikes to this day (my thumbnail picture here is atop Huron). It is often recommended as a 1st 14er. Beautiful hike. I do recall the road to the trailhaed had some places where we nearly got stuck, and passed a pickup that check the trip reports. FYI...Princeton was one of the more challenging for me...very long since we started well below the radio towers, and the bouldering to the top seemed to go on for a long time!
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Postby guitmo223 » Wed Jul 04, 2007 8:50 pm

gdthomas wrote:All the Sawatch 14ers in the BV area are similar in difficulty - class 2, 8-10 mile RT, 4,000' elevation gain climbs.

I disagree. Harvard is a very long climb. Columbia is a very steep climb. Shavano is a seemingly endless trudge.

Huron would probably be your best choice.
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Postby Cornfed97 » Wed Jul 04, 2007 9:24 pm

What about Belford/Oxford? Belford is pretty easy. Once you make it out of the switchbacks it is a nice hike.

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