Super-secret spots, anyone?

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Re: Super-secret spots, anyone?

Postby Screed » Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:33 am

Not even remotely connected to 14ers but I hear Great Sand Dunes Nation Park is a nice 'n.
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Re: Super-secret spots, anyone?

Postby Kent McLemore » Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:03 am

Screed wrote:Not even remotely connected to 14ers but I hear Great Sand Dunes Nation Park is a nice 'n.


+1 for Great Sand Dunes National Park
But actually Little Bear, Blanca, the Crestones, Kit Carson, Challenger are all nearby. And from the east, Music Pass leads to the Upper and Lower Sand Creek Lakes and some spectacular 13ers, all within the GSDNP.
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Re: Super-secret spots, anyone?

Postby highpilgrim » Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:10 am

dmccool wrote:Barr Trail and Pikes ought to give you some good isolation this time of year.


Dude, quit spilling the beans!

Quandary at about 9am on a sunny Saturday morning is everything you're looking for...and if it happens on the 4th of July weekend, all the better.

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Re: Super-secret spots, anyone?

Postby madbuck » Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:07 am

This is mostly a joke, but apparently a partly serious reply in some respects:

Yesterday we hiked up Herman Gulch to Herman Lake, then down the Jones Pass trail a little bit and up to the Divide on the shoulder of Pettingell. It was our first time there, I knew it would be crowded, but I wanted something mellow with good wildflowers without driving too far and without dealing with the zoo in IPW. With expectations set properly, the crowds were manageable, and once we headed up above the lake we were by ourselves for a couple hours.

Anyway, on the way down, back on the Herman Gulch trail, we mostly greeted other parties heading in either direction. Despite more traffic than I'm used to, and a nearly full parking lot, and beginning right off of the interstate, I guess it wasn't as bad as I thought. But then one woman exclaimed: "Isn't this a great area?! Shh, don't tell anyone about it!" And she was quite serious.

So, check that area out: it is beautiful, and you'll "only" see a few dozen people instead of hundreds.
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Re: Super-secret spots, anyone?

Postby crojo » Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:51 am

A few (fifteen?) years ago I did a three day loop in Mt Zirkel Wilderness that included Zirkel and Big Agnes. Only saw two other groups up there once I hit the trail, and it is an awesome place. Not sure what kind of use it sees these days.
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Re: Super-secret spots, anyone?

Postby 14klimb » Sun Aug 07, 2011 2:42 pm

Forest canyon in RMNP is as isolated i've felt within a couple hours hike from the road. Several ways to get in, but getting out is another story.

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Re: Super-secret spots, anyone?

Postby ajkagy » Sun Aug 07, 2011 3:11 pm

there are plenty of "secret" spots that 99.9% of people have never been or even heard of...heck some of the trails you'll find to be overgrown and hard to follow due to lack of people, but doesn't mean the area isn't awesome.

1. make sure no 14ers are nearby
2. wilderness or non-motorized travel area
3. 3+ hrs driving distance from the front range metro area

break out the topo map and do some homework on an area and you just might find some really special spots :wink:

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Re: Super-secret spots, anyone?

Postby sheller » Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:15 am

Do a search for Goose Creek in Lost Creek Wilderness. It is not too widely known and you can spend all day playing on the giant granite boulders. The vistas are literally out of this world.

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Re: Super-secret spots, anyone?

Postby GeorgiaTyler » Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:55 am

Highland Mary lakes (Verde, lost lake) in Silverton, Ice lakes basin will blow your mind and Columbine lake between T-ride and Silverton. Peace and quiet and beauty that is off the charts.
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Re: Super-secret spots, anyone?

Postby SurfNTurf » Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:16 am

GeorgiaTyler wrote:Highland Mary lakes (Verde, lost lake) in Silverton, Ice lakes basin will blow your mind and Columbine lake between T-ride and Silverton. Peace and quiet and beauty that is off the charts.


+1 on the Highland Mary Lakes loop, but that's more of a daytrip (off the top of my head, I want to say 9 miles). Still, it's easily my favorite non-14er hike. The views of the Grenadiers can't be beat, and the lakes ain't so bad, either. There are lots of other trails that link up with the loop, so it wouldn't be hard to string together a Weminuche two- or three-day trip.
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