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Mount Evans 

The road has many switchbacks on the mountain and terrifying drop-offs without guardrails. Clouds may obscure visibility and snow can occur at any time, but there are many pulloffs for foolhardy travelers to stop and take pictures along the way and if necessary, rest their brakes.  Click here for the rest of the article...  



A panoramic view of the Mount Evans Summit

Longs Peak

At 14,259 feet, Longs Peak towers above all other summits in Rocky Mountain National Park. The flat-topped monarch is seen from almost anywhere in the park.For most of the year, climbing Longs Peak is in winter conditions, which requires winter mountaineering experience and the knowledge and use of specialized equipment. Disregard for the mountain environment any time of year has meant danger, injury and even death. Click here for the rest of the article...



Longs Peak cliff

Grays Peak

You start by hiking up a beautiful alpine basin full of wildlfowers and a rushing creek.  The hike will level off for just a short time as you go through a rocky area and enter into the Grays/Torrey's cirque.  From here it is a slow and steady climb up switchbacks to the summit of Grays.  BTW - Grays is the rounded summit while Torreys is the sharp peak.  When you get to the trail junction 2/3rds of the way up Grays, keep on heading to the rounded summit. Click here for the rest of the article...



Grays Peak in summer

Crestone Peak

Crestone Peak is Colorado’s 7th highest mountain, and one of the most challenging fourteeners to climb. Although not the highest of the Sangre De Cristo range, Crestone Peak is clearly the reigning monarch in terms of character. For those who have climbed it, it is often referred to as “The Peak.” Among the last of the fourteeners to be scaled, along with Crestone Needle, this remote and rugged mountain was once thought impossible to climb. Click here for the rest of the article...



Crestone peak in summer

Mount Elbert

There are five routes that lead to the summit of Colorado's highest mountain. The standard route, via the Northeast Ridge, begins from the North Mt. Elbert Trailhead just outside of Leadville. To reach the trailhead from U.S. 24, turn west onto Colorado 300 and cross the railroad tracks. Drive roughly 0.7 miles and turn left onto Lake County Road 11 towards Halfmoon Creek. After driving 1.2 miles turn right towards the Halfmoon Creek Campground and drive another 5 miles on the dirt road (2WD with washboard and potholes) to the North Mt. Elbert Trailhead. 

The 14,440-foot mountain is named for Samuel Elbert who served as a territorial governor of Colorado in 1873-1874, and as Colorado State Supreme Court Justice for 12 years. As part of the Hayden Geological Survey, Henry W. Stuckle made the first documented ascent of Mt. Elbert in 1874. Since then the peak has been purportedly climbed by mule, horse, ATV, and even by jeep! Click here for the rest of the article...



The Mount Elbert Trail from below treeline