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What is your favorite mountain range(s) in Colorado?

Gore Range
11
13%
Front Range
3
3%
10 Mile and Mosquito
2
2%
Elk Range
16
19%
Flat Tops
1
1%
San Juan
29
34%
Sawatch
6
7%
Sangre de Cristo
16
19%
Never Summer Range (requested by Andy)
2
2%
Ruby Range (requested by Skeeter Westgate)
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 86
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Re: Favorite Mountain Range(s)

Postby CG_old » Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:39 pm

Pika wrote:What no Mummy Range? I want my Mummy :cry:

Seriously. I picked Sawatch. When I traveled there for the first time this year, I was awe struck. Seeing the prominence of all those high peak in row, almost made drive off the road. I am seriously considering next summer starting at one end and hiking the entire range.


There's a lot of good info on doing that here:
http://www.mattmahoney.net/nolans14/

Routes, maps, TRs, etc

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Re: Favorite Mountain Range(s)

Postby Scott P » Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:46 pm

San Juans are probably my favorite.

Runners up:

Park Range (Sawtooth Range section)
Elk Range
Gore Range
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Re: Favorite Mountain Range(s)

Postby Gary Brady » Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:49 pm

Chris Gerber wrote:
Pika wrote:What no Mummy Range? I want my Mummy :cry:

Seriously. I picked Sawatch. When I traveled there for the first time this year, I was awe struck. Seeing the prominence of all those high peak in row, almost made drive off the road. I am seriously considering next summer starting at one end and hiking the entire range.


There's a lot of good info on doing that here:
http://www.mattmahoney.net/nolans14/

Routes, maps, TRs, etc

Chris,

This great info. Not sure I could compete with any of those guys.

I wonder if the Baron knows this guy:
Hans Dieter Weisshaar, 61, of Germany finished Hardrock in 45:23 (49'th) in 2000, one of 20 100 mile races completed that year at age 60.
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Re: Favorite Mountain Range(s)

Postby pbakwin » Wed Dec 03, 2008 9:56 am

Pika wrote:
Hans Dieter Weisshaar, 61, of Germany finished Hardrock in 45:23 (49'th) in 2000, one of 20 100 mile races completed that year at age 60.


If you run 100s you know Hans Dieter.
He has finished well over 100 100-mile races!
Including yet another Hardrock finish in 2008, 43:13 at age 68!
Nice way to spend your retirement.
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Re: Favorite Mountain Range(s)

Postby dcbates80911 » Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:01 am

All the ranges in this list have their good and bad points. However, I had to choose the San Jauns. Their vastness along with relative remoteness makes them pretty spectacular. A close second would be the Elks which include the Ruby Range.
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Re: Favorite Mountain Range(s)

Postby Jim Davies » Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:58 am

If you add the Tarryalls I might change my vote. Or just go with the Roach's meta-name for the Lost Creek Wilderness ranges: the Retirement Range.
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Re: Favorite Mountain Range(s)

Postby elkheart22 » Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:32 am

San Juans are the most epic, that would be my vote.

However, I play in the Mosquitos & the Sangres more...
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Re: Favorite Mountain Range(s)

Postby MtHurd » Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:44 am

1. San Juans, specifically the Granadiers.
2. Gore
3. Sangre de Cristo

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Re: Favorite Mountain Range(s)

Postby timberlinecolorado56 » Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:14 pm

Although I only could vote for two I have to say the number 2 spot was a tie. Here's my vote

1. San Juans - only climbed a few down there but the ones I have done have been spectacular with amazing conditions and views

2. Ten Mile - I have a cabin in Breck and I love playing and exploring in them; I could spend my whole life exploring and hiking around this small range and still never be satisfied or see it all !!!!!!
Elks - I love the challenging and dramatic climbs
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Re: Favorite Mountain Range(s)

Postby timf » Wed Dec 03, 2008 2:23 pm

I had to pick....

Sangres - Although not quite as exotic as the San Juans, the Sangres have something for everyone, still a reasonable drive from Denver, and a tad on the safer side having more solid rock.

Front Range - Close so I can make a quick jaunt up something like Edwards, Square Top, etc, and make fun of all the congo lines on the closest 14er.

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Re: Favorite Mountain Range(s)

Postby huffy13 » Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:26 pm

My vote is for the Sangres. I love the drive from Raton Pass to Cotopaxi. The range just has a rugged, intimidating aura about it. The valley drive from Gardner to Howard may be my favorite span of road in the entire country. I do love the beauty of the San Juans also and am fond of the area around Lake City. The Sawatch Range has always struck me as being kind of like a line of Colorado's patriarchs looking across the state from it's center. I put the Sawatch in a close second with the San Juan's right behind. Another place I love is the Appalachians/Smoky Mts between Cookville, TN and Ashville, NC. A far cry from the beauty of the Rockies but still breathtaking.
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Re: Favorite Mountain Range(s)

Postby Kiefer » Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:41 pm

I'm going with the Elks!!!
Dramatic scenery, difficult climbing, crap rock, great colours and some terrific approaches!

although the SJ are breathing down their neck.
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