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Peak(s):  Mt. Eolus  -  14,083 feet
Post Date:  07/01/2009
Date Climbed:   06/27/2009
Posted By:  CO Native

 Poor Man‘s route to Chicago Basin (Vallecito)   

I‘m not sure if the decision was more due to a sense of adventure or indignation of the price of the train. $79 plus $10 for the pack plus parking fees. Either way we ended up taking a fantastic trip. I certainly recommend it as a great alternative to the train.

Bridge 3 is still out and not likely to get fixed. The water levels were very high on our trip, but we found a way to avoid the whole 3rd bridge problem anyway.

The trip ended up being 42.5 miles with about 10,800 vertical feet.

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  • Comments or Questions

Epic     2009-07-01 21:36:56
I have read trip reports since 2005 on this site and this is the biggest effort I have seen in Colorado. I am blown away by your commitment, perserverance, and the time you did this in. If there was an award on 14ers for trip report of the year, I‘d nominate you!!!!!!!! Unreal

Wish I lived in CO

Good Read     2009-07-02 06:36:45
I like to read lots of TR‘s. This one was pretty good. Great pics. More importantly, it looked like a great hike.


A huge endeavor...     2009-07-02 07:55:50
captured perfectly by an excellent trip report. I like the combination of story, video, and photos. Great to see the Columbines in bloom. I haven‘t seen any up north but I‘m excited to see them soon. Always love taking photos of the flowers. Thanks for the read!


Captured it.     2009-07-02 09:12:52
Hey bro. Great hike, and your TR captured our experience.

ONE TO GO!!! How can we make Handies epic? (Oh yeah, carry all our kids up).

CO Native

Thanks     2009-07-02 16:29:58
I appreciate the comments. I hope I provided enough detail that anyone else looking to use this route will be able to plan well.


wow     2009-07-03 15:54:37
Awesome report. Jeez, $79 for the train? That seems absurd to me, but then again, if people pay it, they‘ll charge it.


Superb!     2009-07-04 06:49:11
Tremendous trip Josh, and outstanding report! You guys are awesome.


Excellent!     2009-07-05 19:03:21
Great report. Such a beautiful area.

colorado yooper

Schweet!!!!     2009-07-06 20:20:15
Just got back from the meeting. Well done. You are right. AND ready for Rainier! MW


Insanely cool trip!     2010-07-12 15:58:44
I am thinking of doing a similiar trip in august, most likely solo unless I can find some hard man-woman to join me. Nice work and sweet photos!

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