Category Archives: 14ner

The Grand Loop, Rocky Mountain National Park – (Trip# CO-015)

Long Peak

Rocky Mountain National Park, Longs Peak

This trip will blow your mind. A long loop backpacking trip that circumnavigates the interior of Rocky Mountain National Park (images). It includes off-trail travel, some class-3 climbing up the back of Longs Peak and a chance for a very unique and remote trip in with a very popular National Park. This is a high adventure, difficult trip for strong backpackers.

You will need to get your backcountry camping permit from the Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office. The permit application is found of page 7 of the national park’s brochure. You’ll need the following campsites in this order: (92) Renegade, (84) South Meadow, (68) Lake Verna, (48) Hunters Creek, (38) Boulder Brook. As with all national parks, they limit the group size to 6. You may have to get creative if sites are unavailable or your group is larger.

Starting from Bear Lake Trailhead you head up and over Flattop Mountain to Renegade Campsite.The trip totals 43.4 miles during which you’ll circumnavigate the park in a counterclockwise fashion. A short stretch along the road at the north side of Grand Lake will quickly put you back in the woods. You can also resupply here if you need to. Take note of the off-trail sections on the topo maps that are denoted by the dashed lines.

Download the Itinerary and or open a full size Topo Map or the 4 Sections Map. Right click and download the .gpx File for waypoints and tracks of this trip. BANG!!!

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.

Download the Itinerary and or open a Topo Map. Right click and save the .gpx File.

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.

Download the Itinerary and or open a Topo Map. The .gpx File is coming soon.