Best Beginner 14er near Salida

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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by mtree » Mon Mar 22, 2021 12:11 pm

Easiest, by far, would be Sherman. Democrat, Lincoln, or Bross would be in the same ballpark depending on how many summits you want to check off.

Huron is a real nice hike. Easy by 14er standards, but its not a slam dunk. Probably a similar effort as doing Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross in one outing. Enjoy!
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by cougar » Mon Mar 22, 2021 6:16 pm

Princeton if you can drive to the towers or past it would be the easiest nearby. Depending on your definition of "near Salida", the other recs like Huron are about an hour or longer drive, and the ones by Fairplay farther out. Yale isn't as far, paved road to TH, more scenic than Princeton or Shavano.

Shavano is the closest 14er to Salida, not overly difficult, but the stats are a bit longer, hardly any switchbacks, but the trail is in good shape, and it's easily visible from around town. Antero if you have 4wd and can drive up most of the way.

Mt Ouray at 13971 is an easier hike from Marshall Pass, 6 miles RT.
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by Hiking_TheRockies » Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:23 pm

Sherman would probably be the easiest 14er near there, if you are going down to the Mosquito Range you might also want to consider Quandary, though parking can be a hassle on weekends and the trail is generally packed.
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by mtnkub » Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:56 pm

Yup, Sherman all the way (from Iowa Gulch). Antero if comfortable driving on narrow 4x4 road (i wouldn't want to be on it on a weekend). Huron is a bit of a step up from the others, but probably next in line and really pretty (and easy 4x4). After any of these three as intro, any other 14er in the Sawatch (except Holy Cross) should be within reach. (And the 14ers will typically have easier route finding than the 13ers in the area; just because they are climbed more often.)
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by Shawnee Bob » Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:08 pm

Huron if you have 4WD. Bonus is the view from the top: it is among the best in the Sawatch.

Mount Yale would be another good option.

Neither of these are long in terms of mileage, and I'm assuming by 'close to Salida' you're talking about the Collegiates or thereabouts. Shavano is fun as a first snow climb, and it's a 14er that's as close to Salida as a 14er can get.
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by VickieLynn1121 » Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:36 am

Huron is a perfect one to start with especially if you have a 4x4. It’s such a pretty area and route finding is not an issue at all. Yale is also good, but longer, and there is some scrambling over boulders towards the top. Not hard but when I was there some people went the wrong way and ended up in a dicey situation.
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by pw » Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:05 am

Near Salida pretty much means the Sawatch Range (maybe Sangre's, but those are harder peaks). Everything in the Sawatch can be done as a Class 1 or 2 hike, so nothing difficult, but without 4 wheel drive they all have a lot of vertical. The 3 (if I'm not missing one) that can be shortened with a 4 wheel drive vehicle are Princeton, Antero, and Huron. Princeton is a cinch with a 4WD. Without one I'd do Yale - nice trail, easy access, steady grade, an easy 4000 vertical, as much as it's possible for 4000 feet to be easy anyway.
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by ltlFish99 » Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:16 pm

Shawnee Bob wrote:
Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:08 pm
Huron if you have 4WD. Bonus is the view from the top: it is among the best in the Sawatch.

Mount Yale would be another good option.

Neither of these are long in terms of mileage, and I'm assuming by 'close to Salida' you're talking about the Collegiates or thereabouts. Shavano is fun as a first snow climb, and it's a 14er that's as close to Salida as a 14er can get.
+1 on the view from the top of Huron comment.
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by peter303 » Mon Apr 05, 2021 9:16 pm

Shawnee Bob wrote:
Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:08 pm
Huron if you have 4WD. Bonus is the view from the top: it is among the best in the Sawatch.
Non-4WD trailhead only adds 4 miles of easy hiking.
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by CaptCO » Mon Apr 05, 2021 9:16 pm

peter303 wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 9:16 pm
Shawnee Bob wrote:
Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:08 pm
Huron if you have 4WD. Bonus is the view from the top: it is among the best in the Sawatch.
Non-4WD trailhead only adds 4 miles of easy hiking.
I had no problem getting to Huron in a 2wd F150 as well. Just a heads up, it’s an easy 4WD compared to most.
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by AmyBlanket » Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:16 am

Is there a lot of exposure on this beginner 14-er. My boyfriend want to take me on the uncompagdre/matterhorn loop. I'm REALLY afraid of exposure. (falling off a high, narrow path with sheer drops off one side of the trail.
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by mtree » Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:39 am

If you choose Huron, you don't need a 4WD unless conditions get real sloppy. High clearance is really what you need. Folks tend to use the term 4WD loosely.

At least you have many options wherever you choose. Enjoy!
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