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Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by jimmy4eyes » Sat Mar 20, 2021 8:46 am

Hey'all, looking for advice on the best beginner 14er(s) near or nearest to Salida. I've got moderate hiking experience and physically fit but this summer will be the first 14er. thx//j4e.
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by CaptCO » Sat Mar 20, 2021 8:51 am

Shavano is a good starter mountain
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by Trotter » Sat Mar 20, 2021 8:58 am

I'd disagree with Shavano only because its 4500 ft gain. I think if you've got 4WD, Huron. If not, Sherman. Much easier for your first.
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by SchralpTheGnar » Sat Mar 20, 2021 9:06 am

Shavano is easy but long, if you don’t mind a longer day, then it’s totally doable as a first 14er. Yale is a good choice too because the parking lot and trail and all those things is a straightforward as you’ll find.
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by CaptCO » Sat Mar 20, 2021 9:19 am

Trotter wrote:
Sat Mar 20, 2021 8:58 am
I'd disagree with Shavano only because its 4500 ft gain. I think if you've got 4WD, Huron. If not, Sherman. Much easier for your first.
Good point! Agreed, although I believe it would be doable for someone in decent shape, and a nights stay above 6,000'
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by stephakett » Sat Mar 20, 2021 10:53 am

huron 100%
• short
• beautiful
• tons of people = impossible to get lost
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by CaptCO » Sat Mar 20, 2021 5:06 pm

I remember Huron being consistently steep and kicking my ass in 2019, can anyone relate? I’ve also came a long way since then... (Kerouac proclaimed narcissistic a**hole)
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by Trotter » Sat Mar 20, 2021 6:22 pm

CaptCO wrote:
Sat Mar 20, 2021 5:06 pm
I remember Huron being consistently steep and kicking my ass in 2019, can anyone relate? I’ve also came a long way since then... (Kerouac proclaimed narcissistic a**hole)
Shavano is 4600 ft over 4.5 one way miles, Huron is 3500 ft over 3.25 miles.

So they are almost identical in terms of gain/mile.
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by ltlFish99 » Sat Mar 20, 2021 10:13 pm

stephakett wrote:
Sat Mar 20, 2021 10:53 am
huron 100%
• short
• beautiful
• tons of people = impossible to get lost
+1 on the Huron recommendation. The trail is good, the valley is beautiful, and the 3 Apostles from the summit are wonderful.
+1 on the yale recommendation for all of this reasons that person stated.
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by coopereitel » Mon Mar 22, 2021 10:01 am

I'd say go for either of the three: Yale, Huron, Shav (+ Tab)

If you want a more fun route for Yale and to avoid the crowds, take the E Ridge from Avalanche TH. Straight forward and pretty cool. I left a bike at the standard TH and then biked the downhill to my car at the Avy TH (then drove and did Quandary on the way home...)
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by CaptainSuburbia » Mon Mar 22, 2021 10:07 am

I would drive the extra couple hours and climb Handies or Recloud.
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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Post by peter303 » Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:10 am

Cross over to FairPlay and hike Quandry or Sherman.
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