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Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Posted: Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:55 am
by CaptCO
AmyBlanket wrote:
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.
Hope you’re bringing your cowgirl hat for uncompaghre/wetterhorn. That’s a big day for anyone’s standards

Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Posted: Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:54 pm
by huffy13
Yale would be a great one. Easiest of the bunch as far as access to the standard trailhead, good trail for the entirety. Shavano is a long day, but is totally doable as a first timer as long as you get started early. That one has relatively easy trailhead access, but not on a paved road like Yale. Shavano is also known to be very windy. Huron is by far the prettiest of the bunch, but is the least accessible, though still relatively easy to access when compared to 14ers in other ranges. A couple have mentioned Sherman from Iowa Gulch....I don't recommend doing that to yourself as a first timer....not from Iowa Gulch. Sherman is actually a great hike from it's standard east side, but the Iowa Gulch route from the west is an abysmal scree hike until you get to the saddle connecting Sherman and Sheridan, plus the scenery on Sherman's west side is kinda bland.

Re: Best Beginner 14er near Salida

Posted: Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:08 pm
by huffy13
AmyBlanket wrote:
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.
Uncompahgre, in my opinion could be done as a first timer. To me, the worst part of that hike was the drive to the TH. There is one stretch just before that last summit push that has a little steepness and loose rock, but not what I would call "exposure". Now the summit is large and there are sheer drops off the north, east and south faces, but you don't ever have to feel on edge as the summit is big. Matterhorn? That's a different peak and level of exposure. If you are, in your words "REALLY afraid of exposure", that one would probably be too much for a first timer...that's a long day if he is planning a loop and definitely some class 3 stuff.