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14ers around Lake City/ SW CO/ San Juans

Postby samkeith » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:30 pm

Hey all!

I'm working at a camp in Lake City, CO this summer from May 15-Aug 2 and was wondering if y'all have any recommendations on must-climb 14ers in the San Juan Mts area. I'll have about a day off per week. I'd also like to summit one before I start work on the 15th, would any 14ers be doable without snowshoes or crampons at that time?

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Re: 14ers around Lake City/ SW CO/ San Juans

Postby twotyerfryer » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:36 pm

Hmm, you wouldn't happen to be going to Camp Redcloud would you?

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Re: 14ers around Lake City/ SW CO/ San Juans

Postby schrund » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:39 pm

You'll be able to get Uncompahgre, Handies, Redcloud, Wetterhorn and Sunshine, all in a day each from Lake City. You can combine some of them. We're a bit early yet to be prescribing modes of travel 6 weeks from now, but you'll get it figured out. Enjoy! (edit - Oh, and San Luis too - with a bit of a drive !)
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Re: 14ers around Lake City/ SW CO/ San Juans

Postby Mtnman200 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:41 pm

Sunshine and Redcloud would be the easiest ones to tackle first.

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Re: 14ers around Lake City/ SW CO/ San Juans

Postby Stephen Butler » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:49 pm

Sneffels is supposed to be one of the most beautiful to climb. It's probably 2 and a half hours (?) from Lake City though. Not sure what the conditions would be like in May...

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Re: 14ers around Lake City/ SW CO/ San Juans

Postby 3rdGenNative » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:56 pm

As mentioned above, it's hard to say what conditions will be like that far out. HOWEVER, you'll be in one of the most picturesque areas of the state. Sneffels was my first ever 14er. Last summer I got to do Handies, Uncompahgre, and Wetterhorn. Would have gotten Sunshine if a friend would have known how to read a map to the TH. If you're working at Redcloud I'll see you the week of June 16.
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Re: 14ers around Lake City/ SW CO/ San Juans

Postby TravelingMatt » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:57 pm

San Luis isn't out of the question, especially as a car camp.

Don't ignore all the 13ers nearby, either. Half, Carson, the Jones trio, Animas Forks, 13832/811, and Stewart are all nearby and very worthwhile.
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Re: 14ers around Lake City/ SW CO/ San Juans

Postby HULKHIKEGOOD » Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:12 am

Handies!!! It was my first 14er and it was a great experience!!! Loved the views from the summit and the hike up was just as enjoyable. Camping at the grizzly gulch TH was also phenomenal. Great views and great people! And why not knock out Redcloud and Sunshine while your at it!? The shelf road up is an experience as well, but coming from Oklahoma I don't get to see many roads like that. Hope you have a great summer, maybe I will see you on Uncompahgre or San Luis!
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Re: 14ers around Lake City/ SW CO/ San Juans

Postby peter303 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:38 am

Most years there will be some snow well into June.

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