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Looking for ideas - 2 14ers from single car camp site

Postby Sunnydaze » Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:50 pm

Hi. I and a few friends began outings to the beautiful mountains in Colorado a couple of years ago. Year 1 we did San Luis peak. Last year we did Handies one day, then Redcloud and Sunshine a couple days later. We would like to do a similar thing this year but the guy who organized this outing the past two years will not be able to make it this year. Most of us do not have proper gear to be able to hike far from a car lot (the trailhead camping area for Redcloud/Sunshine/Handies was perfect for us). We would like to avoid the areas closest to Denver just because of the crowds. Our plan is to hike the week after Labor day.

We are looking for suggestions for a couple of 14ers with no more than a 3 exposure, and probably rated 1 or 2 (hikes - similar to what we have already done) that we can do from a single campsite that we can get our 4WDs to, and camp nearby. This is more about the fellowship than pushing our limits.

I would appreciate any possible campsite/route suggestions and comments.

Thanks!

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Re: Looking for ideas - 2 14ers from single car camp site

Postby TallGrass » Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:33 pm

Uncompahgre is a decent 4x4 road (Nellie Creek) and level climb except for a short section to get to the upper slope. See my TR (sig) for overview. There's camping and an outhouse at the trail head and Lake City is nearby. If you like 4x4ing, you could also do the Alpine Loop. Maps and brochures are available at the Lake City info place or ranger station (I forget the name... and hours). Also take a look at Wetterhorn for an encore. If you have two 4x4s, you could ditch one at the Wetterhorn TH, knock out Uncompahgre early (leave predawn, totally well marked trail up to the base), then backtrack to the Wetterhorn turn off, hike over, summit, then take the ditched truck back to camp.
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Re: Looking for ideas - 2 14ers from single car camp site

Postby BKS » Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:16 pm

Huron- standard route - LaPlata from Winfield. Class 2 Mild 4wd access. Less crowded. Primitive Camping. Scenic.

This isn't the standard route on LaPlata - slightly easier than Standard. This trip would meet all your criteria.

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Re: Looking for ideas - 2 14ers from single car camp site

Postby ChrisRoberts » Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:21 pm

Obvious choice is Elbert/Massive from Halfmoon Creek, though its far from the most scenic experience you can find
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Re: Looking for ideas - 2 14ers from single car camp site

Postby Kevo » Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:13 pm

Some thoughts-

You've done the easier peaks in the San Juans already. The Uncompahgre/Wetterhorn combo is your best option for other 14ers in that Range, but you'll be on some 3rd class terrain.

The Elk Mountains are mostly going to be harder than what your looking for.

The Sangres are generally harder and most of them are much better as backpacking trips if you plan to do several back to back.

Assuming you want to be several hours away from Denver, that leaves the Sawatch range, which definitely fits the bill from a difficulty standpoint.

It's really easy to link any of the Sawatch range 14ers together if you don't mind moving camp. There are pretty much all in a line North to South, so the drive between trailheads can be pretty minimal. You could easily do the east slope of Elbert one day, then move camp (<1 hour drive) to La Plata for day two and you'd have the ability to get dinner in Twin Lakes that night.

Most of the other Sawatch 14ers next to each other could be easily linked like this as well- Princeton and Yale (get dinner in Buena Vista), Shavano and Antero (get dinner in Salida), etc. Best option for not moving camp is probably going to be the Huron/ La Plata combo or Massive/Elbert combo listed above.

You could also do Belford/Oxford one day and then Missouri the next day. There is some overlap though and you'd be repeating several fairly steep miles of the same trail on day 2.

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Re: Looking for ideas - 2 14ers from single car camp site

Postby USAKeller » Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:11 am

Belford/Oxford and Missouri pop to mind first.

Harvard and Columbia are another option depending on how far is far for you, but you'd have to hike a long approach twice.

Castle and Conundrum also come to mind.
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Re: Looking for ideas - 2 14ers from single car camp site

Postby Sunnydaze » Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:38 am

Thanks! These look like some decent options. Time to pull the TRs and maps for these and have a morning coffee meeting with the group. Appreciate the quick suggestions!

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Re: Looking for ideas - 2 14ers from single car camp site

Postby sunny1 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:46 am

I'd suggest checking out another range. How about the southern Sawatch - Tabaguache and Shavano. There are dispersed camping opportunities just beyond the standard Shavano/Tabeguache TH. It's quiet.
Then, if you guys want to do more or explore another range, head south for Humboldt in the Sangres, also class 2. It'd be a little over a 1 hr drive from the southern Sawatch. You'll need a 4WD to make it to the upper TH. There are dispersed campsites near the TH.

Lots of good thoughts and suggestions above! Have fun researching.
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Re: Looking for ideas - 2 14ers from single car camp site

Postby Scott P » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:03 am

If you want to leave the crowds and have a 4wd, perhaps try Missouri and Huron from near Clohesy Lake.
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Re: Looking for ideas - 2 14ers from single car camp site

Postby Lemmiwinks » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:53 am

I'd very much suggest Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn from Matterhorn Creek TH. That would be the most scenic and least crowded, but the exposure on Wetterhorn might be borderline for what you are looking for.

I also second the suggested Sawatch combos Elbert/Massive or Belford/Oxford/Missouri/Huron if exposure is a major concern for you. Those routes could all be class 1/2+ (depending on what route you do on Missouri). The campgrounds would be more crowded, but if you go on weekdays, it won't be too bad.
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Re: Looking for ideas - 2 14ers from single car camp site

Postby Lemmiwinks » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:55 am

Scott P wrote:If you want to leave the crowds and have a 4wd, perhaps try Missouri and Huron from near Clohesy Lake.


Is there a reasonable route up Huron from Clohesy? If so, that's a good suggestion. Iowa Pk and Emerald Pk could be easily included as well.
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Re: Looking for ideas - 2 14ers from single car camp site

Postby peter303 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:11 am

Note by Labor Day this will be "autumn" hiking conditions. That means it goes below freezing overnight at most trailheads and wind chills in the teens at the summits. We sometimes get snow dustings beginning in late August. But usually not deep enough to impede hiking. Many formal campgrounds close on Labor Day. But there most trailheads have informal camping. Some areas will be packed by tourists seeking at the autumn tree colors. Bow and shotgun hunting season will have already started, sharing the trails.

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