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.