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Mt. Sherman 14ner Camp/Hike – (Trip# CO-014)

Ridge climbing to Mt Sherman

guidetrails.com – Final Ridge to Mt. Sherman Summit

Great first time fourteener trip (climbs over 14,000′) into the high alpine environment. The trail passes through old mining buildings and equipment leftover from a harsher time. Trailhead is  southwest of Fairplay, CO and is near Denver. Elevation of trailhead is approximately 11,240′ at camp/trailhead and summit is officially 14,036′. Round trip distance is approximately 8 miles and route finding is straightforward…just follow the conga-line of people! Camp in the trailhead parking lot the night before for an early start. The high alpine environment is very unique and there are loads of marmots and pika along the trail. Updated conditions reports can be found on the 14er.com web page.

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Huge Sand Box Trip – Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO – (Trip #CO-006)

backpacking, trip, sand dunes

guidetrails.com – Great Sand Dunes Backpacking

A very unique and amazing trip into the the giant pile of sand that is the central attraction of the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Park HQ is 25 miles north of Blanca, CO or 23 miles east of Mosca, CO, kind of near Alamosa, Colorado. Trailhead is the main parking lot north of the HQ.  Basically you climb about a mile up and over the first ridge of sand and camp anywhere. Mind you there is no water in the dunes and the sand becomes intolerably hot during the day (hint: don’t be there when it gets hot!) Elevation is approximately 9,000′ at camp. Round trip distance is only a couple miles and routefinding is straightforward; you just walk out onto the sand.

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Grays & Torreys 14ers, Clear Creek and Summit County, CO – (Trip #CO-003)

Grays Peak Trail

Trail to Grays Peak

Great first time fourteener trip (climbs over 14,000′) into the high alpine environment on the continental divide, approximately 8 miles southwest of Georgetown, CO. Trailhead is just south of Bakerville exit (221) on I70. It is important to note that the road to trailhead is “challenging” in that it is deeply washed out and 4WD, high clearance vehicles are best. Elevation is approximately 11,270′ at camp/trailhead and summits are 14,270′. Round trip distance is approximately 8 miles and route finding is straightforward…just follow the conga-line of people! Camp in the trailhead parking lot the night before for an early start. The high alpine environment is very unique and there are loads of nearly tame (but they are not) mountain goats along the trail. Updated conditions reports can be found on the 14er.com web page.

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