Easy peak for iowa group with easy trailhead, suggestions?

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Easy peak for iowa group with easy trailhead, suggestions?

Post by Gdubbs » Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:43 pm

My experience so far:
60 years old but a bit better than the average 60 year iowa guy. Two years ago attempted Grays peak with way too much gear and bad boots. Drove straight to the trailhead from iowa, slept the night and attempted the next morning. Did not summit. Lost one toenail. :roll:
Last year went back out better physical condition, spent a few days to acclimate and easily summited with my 21 year old son and his friend. This year we want to do another and have a few newbies along but we no longer have a high wheel clearance vehicle. We want to do a different peak but one that is easy and easy to drive to the trailhead. Late june to August timeframe. Any strong suggestions?

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Re: Easy peak for iowa group with easy trailhead, suggestions?

Post by Cygnus X1 » Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:07 pm

Quandary and Bierstadt would be excellent choices.
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Re: Easy peak for iowa group with easy trailhead, suggestions?

Post by Cygnus X1 » Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:12 pm

Evans from Summit Lake would be another option.
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Re: Easy peak for iowa group with easy trailhead, suggestions?

Post by dwoodward13 » Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:23 pm

A good option for one of the most scenic easier peaks would be Huron. It has better views and will be less crowded than other easier peaks like Sherman, Bierstadt, Quandary, Evans. There's great car camping on CR 390 on the way to the 2wd trailhead (Winfield). Only downside is without an 4wd/AWD vehicle you will have to road walk the ~2 miles from Winfield to the 4wd TH. Its a pretty flat walk so the miles go fast and isn't bad at all. Also a chance you could thumb a ride up.

If it doesn't have to be a 14er that would also open up a lot more options.
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Re: Easy peak for iowa group with easy trailhead, suggestions?

Post by kaiman » Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:25 pm

The Decalibron - Democrat, Lincoln, (Cameron), and Bross would be another good option for your group.
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Re: Easy peak for iowa group with easy trailhead, suggestions?

Post by Mtnman200 » Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:26 pm

Yale is another possibility. Easy trailhead access and a nice trail to the summit.
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Post by Gdubbs » Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:29 am

Thanks everyone! I now have some good items to research during the holidays. This is awesome.
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Re: Easy peak for iowa group with easy trailhead, suggestions?

Post by sunny1 » Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:01 am

How about Mt Elbert, NE Ridge (standard route).
Class 1, can drive a car to the TH, and it's the high point of CO.
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Re: Easy peak for iowa group with easy trailhead, suggestions?

Post by pw » Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:03 am

I'll second Yale - paved road to the trailhead and nice hike. Elbert can be a long day if you have people who've never done a mountain before. If you want to break away from the pack a little bit, Fletcher was one of my favorites (it's right behind Quandary). Bill has a nice route description.

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Re: Easy peak for iowa group with easy trailhead, suggestions?

Post by Scott P » Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:16 am

Huron, Humboldt, and Handies are the most scenic of the easier ones, but if you don't have a high clearence vehicle, Humboldt is your best bet.
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Re: Easy peak for iowa group with easy trailhead, suggestions?

Post by yaktoleft13 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:52 am

Scott P wrote:Huron, Humboldt, and Handies are the most scenic of the easier ones, but if you don't have a high clearence vehicle, Humboldt is your best bet.
Humboldt is actually the longest of those three and has the most gain from their respective non-4WD trailheads. Humboldt's about 16 from the lower SCL trailhead, Huron's about 10.5 or so from Winfield, and Handies is about 8 from the turnoff for American Basin (which is reachable by most vehicles).
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Re: Easy peak for iowa group with easy trailhead, suggestions?

Post by huffy13 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:26 pm

Yale and Quandary are good hikes with easy access to the trailheads. These are both very fun and scenic...at least to me they are. Handies is also a great one and getting to the Grizzly Gulch TH is no problem as long as you are cool with a couple of miles along a narrow shelf road. I recommend ascending Handies via Grizzly Gulch and descending through American Basin and hiking the road back to Grizzly Gulch/Silver Creek. Doesn't add very much distance and what is added is easy, but very pretty. Huron is probably another good option, though the road to the actual TH is rough, but you'll probably have plenty of opportunities to hitch a ride.
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