I have crampons and waterproof boots, but I doubt my friends do. I don't think they've ever been to CO but this will be my third time and first this early in the season. Primarily I'm worried about snowpack putting a damper on things.
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Chief Mountain is what I take folks on who are from out of town (off of hwy 103), just to see how the altitude is gonna play into it.
Then a longer 'dry' dayhike could be the Goose Creek Trail in Lost Creek Wilderness. This always impresses people and the altitude doesn't kill them.
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Sand Dunes and Black Canyon will be fine (though if you are already going to Black Canyon, consider the Grand Junction area as well).
My Elbert will be possible via the east ridge, but bring waterproof boots and plan on a long day. I'd bring snowshoes as well. The earlier the start, the easier it's going to be since the snow will be super wet in the afternoons. No avy danger as long as you stay on route.
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If it stays warm and dry like this for the next couple of weeks, you may get lucky and have Guanella Pass open up early.
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