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Easiest 14er?

Postby Gary Brady » Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:47 pm

I would like to bring someone out to experince a 14 er who does not hike often. Which is the easiest 14er?
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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby 14erFreak127 » Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:51 pm

Grays Peak comes to mind. Quandary Peak is also not too challenging.
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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby RenoBob » Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:52 pm

Sherman via Iowa Gulch is pretty tame.
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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby mbsteve1 » Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:53 pm

Sherman is pretty easy. I took my family up there last year - they're all from sea level. Have your friend dress appropriately, stay with you, drink plenty of water, etc. Start early in case your friend needs more time than you do!

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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby MtHurd » Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:09 pm

Without a doubt, Bierstadt is the easiest. There are plenty of summits that are easy hikes like Bierstadt, but since it only takes about 2 hours to summit, then Bierstadt would win this award with Sherman from Iowa Gulch coming in second. That is unless you take the Baldwin Gulch 4x4 road to its terminus at 13,800 ft., then Antero would be the easiest.

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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby darvonh » Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:16 pm

So far, Sherman was the easiest for me by far.

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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby alanb » Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:32 pm

IMO Sherman is easier than Beirstadt..
If you don't mind driving a little, Handies is just as easy as Sherman, and has 100 times better views.
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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby yellowstone96 » Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:34 pm

Has to be Democrat....only 2 miles to the summit from Kite Lake and the speed record is the fastest of any 14er....36min!

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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby stlouishiker » Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:35 pm

I say Bierstadt. That was my first 14er I did it in 2 hours.

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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby CO Native » Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:38 pm

There's got to be some sort of parameters, or hands down it's Pikes Peak. Drive or take a train to the summit, get a burger at the restaurant, buy a t-shirt in the gift shop and ride back down. Even Evans requires you get out of your car and hike 50 feet to get to the summit.

You can also drive to the very summit of Bross, but it takes a more capable vehicle and then of course there's the trespassing issues.
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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby Phill the Thrill » Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:43 pm

Pika wrote:I would like to bring someone out to experince a 14 er who does not hike often. Which is the easiest 14er?


I'd say the one furthest from your memory.

Seriously, though, I agree with others on Mt. Sherman. During the summer months you can drive to 11,800 ft. on the Fourmile Creek trail and it's an easy hike to the top. I don't recommend this hike at all, except to give someone a taste of what it's like, because you will have dozens joining you on this hike.
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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby Gary Brady » Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:47 pm

CO Native wrote:There's got to be some sort of parameters, or hands down it's Pikes Peak. Drive or take a train to the summit, get a burger at the restaurant, buy a t-shirt in the gift shop and ride back down. Even Evans requires you get out of your car and hike 50 feet to get to the summit.

You can also drive to the very summit of Bross, but it takes a more capable vehicle and then of course there's the trespassing issues.

Ok. I thought maybe you could infer that I said "hike" that I wanted to do some hiking. Howerver, walking up and riding the cog train down sounds like a great idea!
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