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What's the easiest 14er in each range?

Post by Jbrow327 » Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:33 pm

This summer I'd like to bag 6 to 10 14ers in Colorado. I live in Utah so I can go to Colorado frequently. So, what is the easiest peak in the 6 14er ranges excluding the Elk range?
Do they plow roads to high elevation trailheads in June?
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Re: What's the easiest 14er in each range?

Post by LarryM » Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:42 pm

Jbrow327 wrote:
Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:33 pm
This summer I'd like to bag 6 to 10 14ers in Colorado. I live in Utah so I can go to Colorado frequently. So, what is the easiest peak in the 6 14er ranges excluding the Elk range?
Do they plow roads to high elevation trailheads in June?

Front: Grays or Bierstadt
Sawatch: Elbert or Huron
San Juans: Handies
Ten Mile/Mosquito: Quandary or Sherman (or Quandry and Sherman, if you consider these separate ranges, which they aren't)
Sangres: Humboldt

disclaimer: I haven't climbed Handies or Humboldt I am just relying upon route descriptions.

Most trail heads should be accessible by June, depending upon when in June and how fast the snow melts. Also obviously some of the above are more accessible than others..
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Re: What's the easiest 14er in each range?

Post by Jbrow327 » Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:03 pm

LarryM wrote:
Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:42 pm
Jbrow327 wrote:
Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:33 pm
This summer I'd like to bag 6 to 10 14ers in Colorado. I live in Utah so I can go to Colorado frequently. So, what is the easiest peak in the 6 14er ranges excluding the Elk range?
Do they plow roads to high elevation trailheads in June?

Front: Grays or Bierstadt
Sawatch: Elbert or Huron
San Juans: Handies
Ten Mile/Mosquito: Quandary or Sherman (or Quandry and Sherman, if you consider these separate ranges, which they aren't)
Sangres: Humboldt

disclaimer: I haven't climbed Handies or Humboldt I am just relying upon route descriptions.

Most trail heads should be accessible by June, depending upon when in June and how fast the snow melts. Also obviously some of the above are more accessible than others..
Thanks. I didn't know the Ten Mile and Mosquito ranges were the same range. Why would they name them differently?
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Re: What's the easiest 14er in each range?

Post by Scott P » Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:05 pm

It also depends on what vehicle you have.

If you have a 4wd Antero is the easiest in the Sawatch.
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Re: What's the easiest 14er in each range?

Post by cougar » Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:14 pm

Sangres: Lindsey much easier by the mileage and gain although there's a short scrambling section.

Sawatch : Prnceton or Antero if you can drive higher

Front : Evans from summit lake and both this and Pikes have drive ups

Elks : Castle, especially if you drive to upper th

Tenmile and Mosquito are different, especially the scenery and shape of the peaks.
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Re: What's the easiest 14er in each range?

Post by pw » Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:24 pm

Scott P wrote:
Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:05 pm
It also depends on what vehicle you have.

If you have a 4wd Antero is the easiest in the Sawatch.
I think everything in the Sawatch is easy as far as terrain goes, I mean, you aren't about to fall off any of them. The difficulty would be measured by length and elevation gain. With a 4 wd Antero is probably easiest/shortest, Princeton would be right up there. Without a 4wd, Elbert, Massive, Yale fairly close in difficulty (or lack of difficulty) - plenty of vertical, easy trails.
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Re: What's the easiest 14er in each range?

Post by rijaca » Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:36 pm

Jbrow327 wrote:
Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:33 pm
This summer I'd like to bag 6 to 10 14ers in Colorado. I live in Utah so I can go to Colorado frequently. So, what is the easiest peak in the 6 14er ranges excluding the Elk range?
Do they plow roads to high elevation trailheads in June?
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