One day class 3.

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One day class 3.

Postby camerond1937 » Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:50 pm

I was trying to find a good class 3, 14er that could be done without camping overnight. I would prefer to not have a lot of crowds and some good views, but I understand those tend to go together haha.

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Re: One day class 3.

Postby Cruiser » Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:01 pm

Why not do Bierstadt's East Ridge from the Mount Evans road. Chances are good that you won't see a soul except for the time you spend on the summit.
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Re: One day class 3.

Postby forbins_mtn » Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:04 pm

Kelso Ridge of Torreys and West Ridge of Quandary

Low crowds on route, but you'll be with plenty on the summit of each.

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Re: One day class 3.

Postby Derek » Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:10 pm

Kelso Ridge- Torreys
East Ridge- Bierstadt
Citadel/Hagar Traverse (from Dry Gulch)
Father Dyer NE Ridge
Neva North Ridge (Short class 4 section)
South to North Arapaho Traverse
Long Scraggy and UN7774

I enjoyed all of these, all a pretty easy single day out too. Kelso and Bierstadt will have some people, but they're its expected. The others (outside maybe the Arapaho Traverse) should be somewhat absent of people.

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Re: One day class 3.

Postby BKS » Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:18 pm

some more info would be helpful. How far from front range cities do you want to travel? Do you have 4WD?

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Re: One day class 3.

Postby SolarAlex » Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:26 pm

kelso ridge is really fun, just did it today
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Re: One day class 3.

Postby ThuChad » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:00 pm

I'm going to attempt Bierstadt's east ridge on the 2nd of August. I'm looking for a partner.
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Re: One day class 3.

Postby camerond1937 » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:03 pm

No 4WD, distance is not really an issue. I am mostly trying to avoid anything where I have to hike somewhere, stay overnight, and then start the ascent. I live in Kansas, so I was wanting something monumental to remember my trip by.

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Re: One day class 3.

Postby sad2 » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:06 pm

How about Longs Peak?

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Re: One day class 3.

Postby DeucesWild » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:14 pm

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Re: One day class 3.

Postby slowhead » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:33 pm

Wetterhorn. You'll have to walk an extra mile or so without 4WD, but an excellent peak with a great class 3 finish! There aren't many of the class 3 14ers that make good single-day hikes, most are better as a backpack. But Wetterhorn would work.

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Re: One day class 3.

Postby Sky » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:39 pm

I've done Wilson Peak from the Sunshine mesa TH in a day. Also, El Diente is doable in a day from the Kilpacker TH.
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