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Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby allthissummer » Fri May 10, 2013 1:55 pm

I was just wondering if it is free to access all of the fourteeners? I have only climbed Longs (which is free) so far, and hope to hike many more this summer and was hoping I might be able to skirt park fees.

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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby EatinHardtack » Fri May 10, 2013 2:00 pm

Longs isn't free, there's a park entrance fee to access it. Don't give Culebra a look unless you want to pay. Pretty much everything else is up for grabs.
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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby Jon Frohlich » Fri May 10, 2013 2:00 pm

Culebra is privately owned and the ranch charges $100 to climb it. You can see more details on the route page.

http://www.14ers.com/routemain.php?route=cule1&peak=Culebra+Peak

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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby Presto » Fri May 10, 2013 2:04 pm

by EatinHardtack » Fri May 10, 2013 2:00 pm
Longs isn't free, there's a park entrance fee to access it.


:wft: When did they start doing that? Gosh, I've climbed that many times, without entering the park, and never paid a dime.
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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby denvermikey » Fri May 10, 2013 2:05 pm

The Chicago Basin can cost you as a majority of the people take the train ($90 I think?) to get to the trail. Culebra is on private property and they charge a $100 fee to climb. Evans has a fee to drive the road (not sure of cost). Otherwise, all other peaks can pretty much be hiked with no fee.
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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby ChrisRoberts » Fri May 10, 2013 2:07 pm

Presto wrote:
by EatinHardtack » Fri May 10, 2013 2:00 pm
Longs isn't free, there's a park entrance fee to access it.


:wft: When did they start doing that? Gosh, I've climbed that many times, without entering the park, and never paid a dime.


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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby George James » Fri May 10, 2013 2:09 pm

Yea there's no entrance fee at the Longs Peak Trailhead. Even if you're starting from a trailhead on the west side of the peak you probably aren't paying since you're most likely driving through the entrance station before they start charging. Only gotta pay if you wanna camp.
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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby EatinHardtack » Fri May 10, 2013 2:21 pm

Oooppppssss, as you can see I have never climbed Longs....and I've only been to park once ten years ago. I'll shut up now.

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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby Dave B » Fri May 10, 2013 2:26 pm

EatinHardtack wrote:....and I've only been to park once ten years ago.


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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby schrund » Fri May 10, 2013 2:34 pm

The Barr Trail trailhead charges for parking, which is a comon way to climb Pikes Peak - though it's not really a charge to climb the peak. I think the same may now apply to the South Colony Lakes TH (Crestones, Humbolt) though I haven't been there in awhile so I'm not 100% sure.
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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby Tornadoman » Fri May 10, 2013 2:50 pm

schrund wrote:The Barr Trail trailhead charges for parking, which is a comon way to climb Pikes Peak - though it's not really a charge to climb the peak. I think the same may now apply to the South Colony Lakes TH (Crestones, Humbolt) though I haven't been there in awhile so I'm not 100% sure.


There was no fee to park at South Colony Lakes TH as of August.... don't know if this will change for this year, as I remember hearing a rumor that they *might* start charging at some point.

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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby Jim Davies » Fri May 10, 2013 2:51 pm

No fee for South Colony. The shortest route up Pikes Peak (Crags/Devil's Playground) has free parking. You can also park on Ruxton below the Barr TH for free, although that probably won't last much longer.
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