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Ranked Peaks for the Whole Family?

Postby madeinus » Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:14 pm

I was wondering if anybody knew of any peaks, (any), that are with in about "Breckenridge" distance from Denver that have a 'paved' trail to the top, somewhere probably around 5 miles, under 12,000 feet that would be good for a baby toting dad and his pregnant wife?

So I can get different ideas, so far we have done, North and South Table Mtn's, Green Mtn in Lakewood and Boulder, South Boulder Pk and Bear, Devil's Head, Evergreen Mtn, Mnt Gennesse, Falcon, Chief and Squaw, Bergan, Morrison, Lookout Mtn, Dinosaur Ridge.

I don't know of any more, any suggestions?

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Re: Ranked Peaks for the Whole Family?

Postby jdorje » Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:43 pm

In RMNP there's a road that goes over a 12000' pass. From near the top of that road there is a short paved trail up to a high point (unranked, i assume) around 12300'. Very suitable for children or the elderly, IMO.
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Re: Ranked Peaks for the Whole Family?

Postby ChrisRoberts » Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:57 pm

jdorje wrote:In RMNP there's a road that goes over a 12000' pass. From near the top of that road there is a short paved trail up to a high point (unranked, i assume) around 12300'. Very suitable for children or the elderly, IMO.


"Fall River Pass Mountain", and I beleive its closed this year for repaving. Lots of construction fencing and yellow tape each time I drive past AVC
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Re: Ranked Peaks for the Whole Family?

Postby edhaman » Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:22 pm

I'm a little confused about what you mean by "paved," since most of the examples you gave are not paved. Colorado Mines Peak from Berthoud Pass has a dirt road to the top at 12,493 feet. It's only about 1.5 miles one-way, with 1,200 feet of elevation gain.

P.S. Does a peak become "ranked" when someone poops on the summit?

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Re: Ranked Peaks for the Whole Family?

Postby Layne Bracy » Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:32 am

Lily Mtn (just north of Longs Peak) would be similar to your list.

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Re: Ranked Peaks for the Whole Family?

Postby Jim Davies » Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:40 am

You might like Spruce Mountain, which is just north of Palmer Lake. 5 miles including a 3-mile loop that circles the top of a wooded mesa with rock outcroppings, ~500' elevation gain, smooth well-maintained trail.
http://www.everytrail.com/guide/spruce-mountain-trail-loop
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Re: Ranked Peaks for the Whole Family?

Postby Derek » Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:05 am

Layne Bracy wrote:Lily Mtn (just north of Longs Peak) would be similar to your list.

^ Thats a good one. Great views.

**edit: Looks like you did evergreen already. Never mind!
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Re: Ranked Peaks for the Whole Family?

Postby csmcgranahan » Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:25 am

+1 Spruce Mountain - wife did it while pregnant.

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Re: Ranked Peaks for the Whole Family?

Postby madeinus » Mon Aug 27, 2012 4:28 pm

Thanks everyone! I knew there had to be more than just what I knew about around Denver; I'll look into all the suggestions. Let me know if anybody can think of anything else, thx again!

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