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Places in CO to visit in early May

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Places in CO to visit in early May

Postby pseizure2000 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:03 pm

A few friends and I are flying in to Denver on the 9th until the 18th of May. We want to do some hiking and, snow-willing, summiting while we are there. Any suggesting of good places to go based on current conditions? I have a few in mind but it's always good to have more options. Here's what I've thought of so far:

Conundrum Springs
Sand Dunes
Black Canyon
Mt Elbert?

I have crampons and waterproof boots, but I doubt my friends do. I don't think they've ever been to CO but this will be my third time and first this early in the season. Primarily I'm worried about snowpack putting a damper on things.

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Re: Places in CO to visit in early May

Postby JE242 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:17 pm

Maybe start with some close Front Range hikes that give you great views of high peaks, but don't put you in avy danger.
Chief Mountain is what I take folks on who are from out of town (off of hwy 103), just to see how the altitude is gonna play into it.

Then a longer 'dry' dayhike could be the Goose Creek Trail in Lost Creek Wilderness. This always impresses people and the altitude doesn't kill them.

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Re: Places in CO to visit in early May

Postby Scott P » Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:17 pm

Conundrum Hot Springs will have lots of snow. I'd bring snowshoes for sure and plan on being on snow the entire time. Avy danger on the approach-watch out.

Sand Dunes and Black Canyon will be fine (though if you are already going to Black Canyon, consider the Grand Junction area as well).

My Elbert will be possible via the east ridge, but bring waterproof boots and plan on a long day. I'd bring snowshoes as well. The earlier the start, the easier it's going to be since the snow will be super wet in the afternoons. No avy danger as long as you stay on route.
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Re: Places in CO to visit in early May

Postby TravelingMatt » Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:25 pm

Hanging Lake should be booted down if not dry. Colorado NM should be completely dry as well.

If it stays warm and dry like this for the next couple of weeks, you may get lucky and have Guanella Pass open up early.
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