I would first like to say that I have read the FAQ and the "read me before posting". I feel like my situation is a little different than answers that I could readily find.
I am going to be in CO this weekend and will have Friday and Saturday open for hikes. It will be my father and I hiking. A little background, we are both quite active (substantial weekly running). I am trying to avoid some of the crowds and would prefer to be challenged slightly as opposed to walking a trail that happens to be on an incline. We are coming from sea level but neither have had problems with altitude besides mild headache here and there in the past. I was originally looking heavily at Quandary as it seems quite beginner friendly. My problems is, I don't want to risk dedicate half of my allotted time on a peak that isn't going to be fulfilling and by the looks of google earth will have a packed parking lot (which I understand will most likely happen on lots of TH's).
Summary: Where is the perfect middle ground for a newbie in good physical shape that would like a little more flair than just a walk in the woods (err above tree line). Is scrambling out of the picture for a slightly ambitious first timer? Recommendations?
Thank you for your time. This site has been massively helpful.
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OneArmSteve wrote:Does it have to be a 14er....and in coming to Colorado, where do you mean you will be visiting? or are you open to travel all over the state?
Great point! I guess it doesn't really need to be a 14er per say. We are open to traveling. We will be flying into Denver but will be spending time in CO Springs, Boulder, possibly RMNP. We don't mind traveling within reason i.e. 2-4hrs.
Wildlobo71 Thanks for the suggestion. If it is as great as that sounded I'm sold!
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Wetterhorn was the first mountain that popped into my mind after reading your post, but it'd be a bit longer of a drive from Denver.
Keep in mind that some of the beginner 14ers have alternate routes. You could do Torreys and Grays via Kelso Ridge, for instance, which is a great intro to Class 3.
It'll be crowded as all hell, but Longs Peak would also fit your stated needs just about perfectly.
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