If you’re just thinking about climbing a 14er, I would like to suggest an easier 14er to get started on. I started with Longs Peak which I believe is one of the top 10 hardest 14ers. I didn’t climb again for another year because I thought they were all that difficult. You might want to consider one not quite so challenging.
Mount Sherman is in the Tenmile-Mosquito Range. We like starting at the Four Mile Creek Trailhead…it’s a round trip of about 8 miles with about 2,800 feet of elevation gain. If you’d like to make it a little shorter, you can drive up to the gate which would make it more like 5 miles and 2,000 feet of elevation gain. It’s a well marked trail to the summit. I climbed this 14er with friends and family including my 77 year old father in law who made it to the summit without a problem. We also met a deaf and blind woman who made to the summit with the help of two friends, what an inspiration that was.
The upper slopes of Mt. Sherman
There are several Forest Service campgrounds on the road to the trailhead, but you might enjoy an overnight stay in Fairplay, Colorado. It is a small, interesting town that is located about a half an hour's drive to the trailhead, sitting in the true "South Park". The Hand Hotel offers rustic, well kept lodging and genuine western hospitality. For other lodging options ranging from bed and breakfasts to luxury hotels and condos, consider Breckenridge, a mining town turned ski resort which sits another 30 minutes drive north over hoosier pass.
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WikiMapia Satellite Image of the Breckenridge and Fairplay area
Mt. Sherman and Quandary Peak are marked as "places"...
Position your mouse on a place (small square) to see what it is
Breckenridge also makes a great base for an ascent of Quandary Peak in the Tenmile-Mosquito Range.
Start at the Monte Cristo Trailhead and it’s a tad over 5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 3,370 feet, a good trail all the way. There is a fair amount of evidence of prospecters who made their way along these mountains. You might even encounter a mountain goat or two. If you see my friend Billy, tell him I said Hi!
You might also consider Mount Bierstadt in the Front Range. The easiest route starts at the Guanella Pass Trailhead. It’s about 6 miles round trip with just under 2,800 feet of elevation gain. On this journey you will see more willows then you probably would like. (be sure to bring along a pair of long pants). You’ll have great views of the Sawtooth Ridge and keep your eyes peeled…we have seen coyotes up in that area.
The Sawtooth and Mt. Bierstadt from Guanella Pass
The approximate route is marked in red
Don't worry...the route should be snow free in the summertime
Don't forget...Boulder works great as a base for all the front range peaks.
Come check out this crazy town Here!!
These are just a few of my ideas. I would suggest in buying a Colorado 14er guide they are very informative and are well worth the few bucks.