Colorado's 14ers Are Ready For Action

Colorado’s 14ers Are Ready For Action

By June 14, 2019 June 21st, 2019 Featured, Hiking & Camping Gear

Mount Sherman Conditions Report

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the conditions outside keep getting better and better!  And now, Colorado’s 14ers are ready for action!  Summer is approaching and it’s starting to show! The snow is disappearing and the rivers are almost in full swing. So grab those bikes, rafts, and packs or whatever it is that gets you outside and get after it!

Depending on who you ask, you’ll get different numbers just about every time you ask someone how many 14ers are in Colorado.  For the sake of this article, we’re going to go with the Colorado Geological Survey.  They claim there are 58 in this great state.  Some people set huge goals like bagging all 58 of Colorado’s 14ers or try to break speed records.  We aren’t talking about that.  I’m simply saying that there are some massive peaks out there that are just begging to be explored!  I’m not even saying you should feel that it’s mandatory to summit a 14er while you’re there.  I am saying, however, that exploring the different environmental zones that you do not get at lower elevations, is an adventure in itself.

How To Choose One Of Colorado’s 14ers?

 

This past week me and my boy, Blue, had to go bag our first one of the season.  I listened to too many people over the weeks trying to talk me out of it.  They would say the conditions would just be “too gnarly to summit”, or “I hope you’re bringing an ice axe and a rope…”.  Let me tell you folks, not all of Colorado’s 14ers are the same.  Sure, there are some gnarly peaks out there, but there are many out there that can easily be summited in a couple of hours.

Blue and I decided to start our season off with Mount Sherman (14,035 ft.).  This particular peak is known as one of the easier 14ers out there.  Mount Sherman is south of Breckenridge, just outside the town of Fairplay. You can take the dirt road (CR-18) almost all the way to the trailhead gate at 12,000 ft.  Although, due to the snow, you’ll have to park about a mile or so before the gate.

What To Expect On This 14er

 

On this particular trail you get to saunter through some old gold mining structures from the 1860’s.  All while enjoying the views behind you as you climb higher and higher above the clouds.  The trail itself is mostly covered at the moment, but you won’t have a problem following old footprints and post holes. If you plan to make the summit, I would highly recommend starting at 5:00am – 5:30am and have some microspikes with you, you’ll thank me later.  We started at 5:00am and made it to the summit in under 2 hours. On the hike down the conditions started to soften up a bit and made me incredibly thankful I started when I did. On our way down, we saw a party going up and I cringed a bit just thinking about what they were about to deal with.

When planning a weekend trip or just a daily micro adventure, it’s always a good idea to be prepared and have the right gear with you.  Here at Steamboat’s Ski Haus, we’ve got all the goods you’ll need. Stop on by and our friendly sales staff will be more than happy to assist you get ready for that next big adventure!  So remember, be smart, stay safe and get out there and crush it!

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