Advice for 14er in mid-October with kids (4 and 6)

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Re: Advice for 14er in mid-October with kids (4 and 6)

Post by rpdawes » Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:42 pm

rpdawes wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:19 pm
If you are flatlanders, you will need a few days to get acclimated to the high altitude. According to the snow history in the past decade for Quandary Peak, mid-October snowfall is 50% chance, but the accumulation should less than 6 inches.

Please view the linked website.

https://www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/interactive ... &js=1&uc=0
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Re: Advice for 14er in mid-October with kids (4 and 6)

Post by rpdawes » Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:44 pm

rpdawes wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:19 pm
If you are flatlanders, you will need a few days to get acclimated to the high altitude. According to the snow history in the past decade for Quandary Peak, mid-October snowfall is 50% chance, but the accumulation should be less than 6 inches.

Please view the last linked website.

https://www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/interactive ... &js=1&uc=0
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Re: Advice for 14er in mid-October with kids (4 and 6)

Post by Bill G » Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:14 pm

First 14er w 4 and 6 year olds in mid-Oct, I'd recommend Capitol. Start them off right. =D>
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Re: Advice for 14er in mid-October with kids (4 and 6)

Post by akmcclain » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:09 pm

Thank you all so much for your inputs! Hard to get this kind of insider knowledge and first-hand experience on the web, so I am very thankful for this website and for all of you. We are flatlanders (coming from Oklahoma), but can't get enough of the mountains. We honey-mooned in Estes Park, and took the kids their last summer. I've done Ride the Rockies and the Triple Bypass in my college days. I know enough that these mountains are to be revered and respected. A healthy fear if you will. From the sounds of it, we will not be as prepared as I would like to be this time around, and no sense in putting the family through unnecessary danger. Pending weather, we may consider hiking to the treeline of Quandary and back. I'll be checking out the other suggestions y'all provided as well! Thank you again!!
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Re: Advice for 14er in mid-October with kids (4 and 6)

Post by mtree » Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:53 am

Risky plan, but sounds like you've made a wise decision.

Take the family up Loveland Pass and choose your hike. You'll get the full above-treeline experience, low commitment, and maximum fun. If the weather is nice and you're feeling perky you can hike out towards Cupid or Sniktau. I would NOT recommend Grizzly. That's a much bigger bite more akin to Quandary. If you want to keep it more mellow you can hike off to the west side of the pass until you run out of trail. Less steep, less wind, and even better views. Enjoy!
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Re: Advice for 14er in mid-October with kids (4 and 6)

Post by CaptCO » Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:23 am

Just a heads up that there are plenty of doable hikes <5mi RT <500’ gain where you can get some stunning views. Some of my favorites weren’t on a summit.
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Re: Advice for 14er in mid-October with kids (4 and 6)

Post by S_Devlin » Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:37 pm

Quandry is a great first 14er, but as others have said, maybe not in mid October. One never knows, so have a few backup plans for various weather conditions. Have fun!!
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