Beginner Hiking

Colorado 13er peak questions, condition requests and other info.
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Re: Beginner Hiking

Postby Westerngal » Wed Sep 10, 2008 1:31 pm

You can't really go wrong with the state parks. They're great. Also St Mary's Glacier and RMNP. What a time they will have!!!
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Re: Beginner Hiking

Postby OtisUnzipped » Wed Sep 10, 2008 1:59 pm

You might think about something along the Colorado Trail. Close with easy access to the start of most of the stages and a lot of it is pretty easy.
http://www.coloradotrail.org/

Have a great time where ever you decide to go!
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Re: Beginner Hiking

Postby Fleischco » Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:20 pm

These may be far too easy for your requirements but are nice hikes none the less (also noting your southern Denver area location)
1. Devil's Head Fire Lookout off Rampart Range Rd-great views but stairs to get to the lookout
2. Castlewood Canyon near Franktown-suprisingly nice canyon and hikes
3. Spruce Mountain near Greenland/Larkspur-new Doug Co park/open space great views on top
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Re: Beginner Hiking

Postby indianhillsted » Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:23 pm

Jon Frohlich wrote:Nice easy hike near Denver is always Chief Mountain off Squaw Pass. Nice view of Evans and gets them above the trees a bit. It's not long at all.

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Re: Beginner Hiking

Postby saddlestradler » Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:30 pm

Most likely too late to help but a quick and rather easy hike to a small summit is Vasquez Peak off of the top of Berthoud Pass. It's about a 50 minute hike through the trees heading South with an easy going path to follow that ends up at about 12,100-12,200. You are never really out of view of highway 40 as it winds along up and over Berthoud. All told it takes about 1.5 hours that even someone from Florida could do. ;-)[quote][/quote]






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Re: Beginner Hiking

Postby KeithK » Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:59 pm

saddlestradler wrote:Most likely too late to help but a quick and rather easy hike to a small summit is Vasquez Peak off of the top of Berthoud Pass. It's about a 50 minute hike through the trees heading South with an easy going path to follow that ends up at about 12,100-12,200. You are never really out of view of highway 40 as it winds along up and over Berthoud. All told it takes about 1.5 hours that even someone from Florida could do. ;-)



Not sure what you were aiming for, but Vasquez Peak is a good 3 or 4 miles farther west than you describe: http://www.summitpost.org/route/160360/berthoud-pass.html. About 12 miles RT from Berthoud Pass, but looks like a cool hike.
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