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Mountain near Aspen? 7-8 miles RT?

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Mountain near Aspen? 7-8 miles RT?

Postby joelsteidl » Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:48 pm

My in-laws are coming in town, and we'd like to do some sort of summit with them. We'll be camping near Aspen around Aug 20, but all of the 14ers are a little difficult in the area. We'd like something in the 7-8 mile roundtrip range, with moderate elevation gain. Any suggestions?

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Re: Mountain near Aspen? 7-8 miles RT?

Postby MrFrumpylane » Mon Jul 11, 2011 6:07 pm

Castle Peak is pretty easy.. but as for other options:

Red Mountain. You can do this hike as a loop (if you have two vehicles). Start at Hunter Creek TH on north edge of town, climb/traverse Red Mountain with fantastic views of town, ski areas, and the rest of the Elk Range. Return to same TH or carry on to Sunnyside TH if you have a second vehicle.

Buckskin Pass. Though not quite a mountain, I find the view from the pass prettier/more dramatic than many 14er summits. Start at Maroon Lake, hike to Crater Lake at base of Maroon Bells and then just head up the pass.

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Re: Mountain near Aspen? 7-8 miles RT?

Postby me,myself,and I » Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:51 pm

How about Electric Pass?

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Re: Mountain near Aspen? 7-8 miles RT?

Postby Papillon » Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:49 pm

Twining and 13500 from Indy Pass are both good, low key ops. Mileage is around 5 total with less than 2500 vert for both peaks. Nice views too. Park at the top of Independence Pass and start hiking north.
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Re: Mountain near Aspen? 7-8 miles RT?

Postby Floyd » Mon Jul 11, 2011 10:37 pm

MrFrumpylane wrote:Buckskin Pass. Though not quite a mountain, I find the view from the pass prettier/more dramatic than many 14er summits. Start at Maroon Lake, hike to Crater Lake at base of Maroon Bells and then just head up the pass.


Buckskin Pass isn't a mountain, but Buckskin Benchmark is and has probably the best view of Snowmass/Snowmass Lake I've seen. Class 1 pretty much the whole way, maybe a class 2 step to gain the summit http://www.summitpost.org/buckskin-bm/153002

Another option is Willoughby Mountain. Incredible View of the Snowmass/Cap ridge. I'm sure OldSchool would greatly appreciate a picture if you went that way. The only TR on this site is from SarahT in April but still applicable though. Astrobassman and I had no trouble hiking it with a mean hangover after Cheeseburglar's wedding celebration last fall so routefinding should be pretty easy when sober. Here is the view you'd be greated with: http://www.summitpost.org/capitol-snowmass-from-willoughby/660744/c-150300
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Re: Mountain near Aspen? 7-8 miles RT?

Postby highpilgrim » Mon Jul 11, 2011 10:46 pm

Again, not a mountain, but consider Geneva Lake. A beautiful hike, awesome camping and stellar views of Snowmass and Hagerman. Plus, you can climb higher on either peak if you're interested. Summits aren't critical for a great time.

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Re: Mountain near Aspen? 7-8 miles RT?

Postby joelsteidl » Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:25 pm

Thanks all for the suggestions!

I will let you know what we end up doing. (Mid August)

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Re: Mountain near Aspen? 7-8 miles RT?

Postby pkripper » Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:21 pm

Mt. Sopris wouldn't be bad.

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