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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby Robzilla » Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:36 am

Add my vote for Handies from American Basin. I didn't even mean to climb it, I was just there poking around the trailhead and realized how easy it was. Tremendous views too.

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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby peter303 » Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:40 am

1) Pikes Peak parking lot (no climbing)
2) Mt Evans parking lot (200 foot climb)
3) Pikes Peak from Devils Playground (1600 feet)

#3 could be a good introduction. They is some annoying talus at the end.

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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby Wentzl » Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:45 am

This one hasn't been mentioned yet. Huron. It's been a while since I was there, but I remember a very well done CFI trail building effort that put what was pretty much a staircase up much of the hike.

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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby NetJetsHiker » Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:10 pm

My opinion of least difficult are:
Sherman
Handies from American Basin
Lincoln (also the prettiest of the LDBc)
Evans from Summit Lake (not the road)
Huron
Beirstadt

Handies is one of the most beautiful.
Bross is the ugliest followed by Sherman.

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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby Rcizzle » Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:00 pm

Uncompahgre and wetterhorn are really easy. Both are nice gradual easy hikes in. Yes wetterhorn is a class 3 but that doesn't mean it is any harder than than mt. Elbert. The class 3 route in my opinion adds an extra dimension and wetterhorn. It didn't seem as physically demanding as other 14ers. I know quite a few people that started on wetterhorn.
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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby djkest » Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:27 am

Easiest 14er:
Mt. Sherman

Dang Easy 14ers:
Bierstadt
Handies via American Basin
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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby gonzalj » Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:31 am

Definitely agree with sherman, bierstadt, handies via american basin (although up to this point in time is my favorite 14er because it is so beautiful), huron and evans via summit lake

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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby cwm191 » Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:30 pm

Rcizzle wrote:Uncompahgre and wetterhorn are really easy. Both are nice gradual easy hikes in. Yes wetterhorn is a class 3 but that doesn't mean it is any harder than than mt. Elbert. The class 3 route in my opinion adds an extra dimension and wetterhorn. It didn't seem as physically demanding as other 14ers. I know quite a few people that started on wetterhorn.


This is the first time I've seen Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn come up on a easiest 14er thread. Having done neither, I can only go by the handy 14er Routes Ranked by Difficulty page which lists Uncompahgre at #26 and Wetterhorn at #15. Can someone else who has done both possibly elucidate further?
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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby highpilgrim » Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:32 pm

cwm191 wrote:This is the first time I've seen Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn come up on a easiest 14er thread. Having done neither, I can only go by the handy 14er Routes Ranked by Difficulty page which lists Uncompahgre at #26 and Wetterhorn at #15. Can someone else who has done both possibly elucidate further?


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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby zoriloco » Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:54 pm

Ill have to second Huron. So far the easiest peak Ive climbed.

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Re: Easiest 14er?

Postby Philo » Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:10 pm

I agree with bierstadt and sherman, both very easy. Also, Democrat, Lincoln, Bross
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San Luis Peak

Postby rewovenate » Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:14 pm

Unless I missed it, San Luis Peak has not been mentioned in this thread. It should be, especially if remoteness is a plus, not a minus. The Stewart Creek approach is an easy stroll in one of the most pristine places in Colorado -- so much better than the human traffic jam on the oft-mentioned Bierstadt and DeCaLiBron.

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