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Hiking in CO in mid-may

Postby anton » Wed May 02, 2007 5:00 pm

I was looking into hiking few mountains in mid-may.

But somehow I forgot about the weather (well, it's almost summer here in Ohio ;) ) ... so, are there any interesting mountains hikeable (without snow/ice on trails) by like May 12th ?

Thanks,

Anton.

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Postby Scott P » Wed May 02, 2007 5:09 pm

so, are there any interesting mountains hikeable (without snow/ice on trails) by like May 12th ?


Yes, hundreds. Maybe thousands.

Here are some in my neck of the woods and I'm sure people people that live in other areas of CO can post many more. All are either in CO or close to the border.

Anyway all these should be pretty much snow free:

http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock ... ntain.html

http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock ... ntain.html

http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock ... idge-.html

http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock ... ntain.html

http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock ... south.html

http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock ... peak-.html

http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock ... field.html

Outlaw Peak and Blue Mountain are technical, but the rest are just scrambles.

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Postby anton » Wed May 02, 2007 6:28 pm

Thanks : )

Though I was looking for a little bit higher peaks , around 3500+ and closer to the Denver

I'll keep looking : )

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Postby Scott P » Wed May 02, 2007 6:35 pm

Much higher will not fit the following criteria: without snow/ice on trails, which is why I posted links to lower ones. If you are looking for the higher peaks in CO (such as 14ers) then there will be at least some snow on almost all routes. If you want no snow, you are basically out of luck unless heading to lower elevation peaks. Peaks like Shavano might not have that much, but they will have at least some areas of snow to cross almost for sure.

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Postby anton » Wed May 02, 2007 6:40 pm

yes, that what I thought ... maybe I'll just go to lower ones, they are still very nice probably :)

Just want to get a week off and don't know what other choice of maximum 2 day driving distance from Cleveland I might have : (

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Re: Hiking in CO in mid-may

Postby pw » Wed May 02, 2007 10:53 pm

anton wrote:I was looking into hiking few mountains in mid-may.

But somehow I forgot about the weather (well, it's almost summer here in Ohio ;) ) ... so, are there any interesting mountains hikeable (without snow/ice on trails) by like May 12th ?

Thanks,

Anton.


Most things above timberline are going to have snow into June, although that can depend on which way the slope is facing. West facing slopes tend to get the snow blasted off of them by winds in the winter. If you have snowshoes, you can use them to get through the willows on Bierstadt, then probably drop them when you get up higher, where there is probably only patchier snow and wind packed snow. My guess is there is probably around 5 to 6 feet of snow in the trees up around 10,000', that's what the ski report for Loveland Basin indicates.

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Postby luv2hikejulie » Thu May 03, 2007 8:25 am

Mt. Garfield is a really nice hike and gets your heart pumping with the elevation gain in short period of time. Plus there are many options after getting to the top.

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Postby anton » Thu May 03, 2007 9:33 am

I think I am going to postpone Colorado until the end of may and go to Smoky Mountains for now ; )

Thanks for the info :)

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