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Recommendations for the beginning of June

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Recommendations for the beginning of June

Postby Alex » Sun May 19, 2013 9:47 pm

We plan to be in Colorado during the first week of June and would like to hike, preferably higher in the mountains. I guess, it should be a lot of snow at this time of year. So, my questions are:
1. Could anyone advise any easy 14er, 13er, or other mountain doable without any special gear under normal conditions at this time of the year?
2. What about any other day hike?
We would consider the area from Front Range in the East to Sawath in the west.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Re: Recommendations for the beginning of June

Postby pseudoghost » Sun May 19, 2013 10:02 pm

Alex wrote:We plan to be in Colorado during the first week of June and would like to hike, preferably higher in the mountains. I guess, it should be a lot of snow at this time of year. So, my questions are:
1. Could anyone advise any easy 14er, 13er, or other mountain doable without any special gear under normal conditions at this time of the year?
2. What about any other day hike?
We would consider the area from Front Range in the East to Sawath in the west.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Define special gear. Do you include snowshoes as special? If so, you're probably not going to have a good time in the first week of June... But, don't fret, there are still plenty of mountains that will be doable. They just might be extra painful (re: postholing) on the descent.

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Re: Recommendations for the beginning of June

Postby Alex » Sun May 19, 2013 10:45 pm

Well, I understand that snowshoes are necessary.
Under special gear I mean crampons, ice axe, ropes, and so on, as well as any avalanche gear.
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Re: Recommendations for the beginning of June

Postby randalmartin » Sun May 19, 2013 10:53 pm

For early June you will probably be fine on most peaks in the Sawatch or Front Range (except Longs Peak) without technical gear. Micro spikes might be useful in some cases going up in spots in the morning (icy sections). The more important gear would likely be waterproof gaiters (OR Crocs) and footwear.

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Re: Recommendations for the beginning of June

Postby Alex » Mon May 20, 2013 5:56 am

What about any particular trails, not necessary to the summit, but doable and beautiful?
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Re: Recommendations for the beginning of June

Postby Jim Davies » Mon May 20, 2013 9:27 am

Almost anything below 11,000' should be OK at that point. Colorado is a big place...
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Re: Recommendations for the beginning of June

Postby randalmartin » Tue May 21, 2013 12:38 pm

Alex wrote:What about any particular trails, not necessary to the summit, but doable and beautiful?


I would recommend the Buffalo Peaks wilderness just south of Fairplay. There is a short 11mile loop starting at Rich Creek TH. It's an easy hike in the 10-11k ft elevation range. You can optionally summit two 13ers (East and West Buffalo Peaks) but that would add about 6 miles RT to the loop and be a very long day. I would do that in 2 days if you decide to include those peaks.

Here is a brief writeup from http://longrunsolutions.typepad.com/long_run_solutions/2009/09/buffalo-meadows-loop-rich-creek-trail.html

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Re: Recommendations for the beginning of June

Postby Rainier_Wolfcastle » Tue May 21, 2013 1:05 pm

I climbed Mount Ouray (13,971 ft, beautiful centennial at the southern end of the Sawatch with sweeping views of the Sangres, Sawatch, etc.) two days ago with only the use of micro-spikes. No snowshoes, no post-holing, no ice axe required. I carried snow-shoes and axe all the way, but there had been a lot of melt since mtnfriend's trip report. In 3 more weeks or so, I would still probably prefer to have the micro-spikes, but they may not be required. Here is a short route description, with a link to TH directions: http://www.summitpost.org/east-ridge/157250

Also, the southern Sawatch 14er Shavano looked to be melting out pretty fast. With its higher 14er traffic, snowshoes may not even be necessary on its standard route come early June. I got a good look at Princeton's standard route, and it still looked pretty loaded.

Lastly, when I was starting out and didn't have the gear, at this time of year I would always look for gentle southern approach ridge routes.
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