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    Michelle Hathaway reviewed Ptarmigan Peak

    2 months ago

    Beautiful hike!! The first time I summited it, there was still snow on the ground! Needless to say, lots of post-holing happened, and the snow shoe path we followed was vaguely on the path.

    Today was a beautiful blue-jay September day, and I decided to go for a stroll after work. I’m so glad I did! Pretty standard hike, but it’s gorgeous when dry and not covered in snow too! Saw 3 people on their bikes, and only 4 other hikers during the entire 12 mile trail. I started at 12:30pm, and was back to the trailhead (the Ptarmigan Trailhead, NOT Anglers) at 5:45. So, it took about 5 hrs and 15 minutes round trip. I stopped a LOT, but kept an average pace of about 2.5 mph throughout. Sometimes faster, sometimes slower. It’s a very easy hike, but there are 2-3 false summits. So, be aware of that going in!

    Michelle Hathaway completed Ptarmigan Peak

    2 months ago

    Michelle Hathaway saved Capitol Peak

    3 months ago

    Michelle Hathaway reviewed Longs Peak Trail

    3 months ago

    Michelle Hathaway reviewed North Mount Elbert Trail

    3 months ago

    Wonderful hike! We started in the dark at 5:03am, and summited right at 9 am. We were down and in our car just before noon. So, approximately 7 hrs round trip at a slow and steady pace.

    Oh, also...
    Those false summits are soul crushing by the second one. I knew going into the hike that there were 3-4. I was still disheartened, but ultimately pushed through that mental barrier.

    Michelle Hathaway reviewed Mount of the Holy Cross Trail

    4 months ago

    Absolutely breathtaking hike! There wasn’t a cloud in sight, and the trail wasn’t crowded. We encountered MAYBE a dozen people the whole day. Easily one of my favorite hikes. We hiked late Monday night to the campsite (set up camp around 9pm) and had a late start for the summit the next day. We starting hiking around 6:30am from the campsite on Tuesday, and hit the summit by 10:20. We definitely took our time on the way up. The most grueling part of the whole adventure is packing up your campsite and going back up and over Half Moon Pass. I was envious of the people who were staying another night before hiking out of the valley. I wouldn’t consider this a difficult hike in terms of terrain, but it’s certainly an emotional roller coaster when you remember that final 1000 ft just to leave. Road getting to trailhead is very well maintained.

    Michelle Hathaway saved Mount Oxford

    4 months ago

    Michelle Hathaway saved Mount Belford

    4 months ago

    Michelle Hathaway reviewed Grays and Torrey's Peak

    4 months ago

    Hiked this last Tuesday! Wonderful hike. Definitely a moderate hike as far as mountains go. Easily done in 5-7 hours depending on your pace. We did it in 7 hours, and stopped a lot along the way. A lot of people mention how crowded it is. It is in fact very well travelled, but that made it fun! Lots of support along the way for all levels of hikers.

    PS. ROAD SUCKS! I drive a VW Tiguan and had only just enough clearance. I had to dodge a lot of pot holes. We have a couple hikers a lift to the trailhead on our way in, and two different hikers a lift on the way out. If you have bad clearance, plenty of people are willing to give you a ride. Otherwise you’ll add an additional 6 miles round trip to your day.

    Michelle Hathaway reviewed Buffalo Mountain Trail

    4 months ago

    I’m not sure how these mountains are rated by difficulty, but I’d definitely consider it moderate. If you continue over the saddle to the other side, it gets a little more technical in terms of scrambling. Overall, really nice and calm hike. We started at 6am and had the entire mountain to ourselves until around 9:30. Still not a ton of people for such a prominent mountain in Summit County. Was expecting more hikers for sure. You get to walk through the eerie burn area, and can get a bird’s eye view of it from higher up. It’s insane how much burned and how quickly it was put out!

    Michelle Hathaway reviewed Mounts Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross Trail

    5 months ago

    Lovely hike! Stopped a lot along the way, and had a solid break at the top of each peak. Left car at 6 and was back just before 1. We did the counter-clockwise route, and was glad we did. Just be aware that if you want to hit all peaks, you still have Democrat to do after descending Cameron. I’d still choose this over having to descend Bross at the end of the hike.

    Michelle Hathaway reviewed Mount Bierstadt Trail

    5 months ago

    Would absolutely do again. Would recommend this to anyone wanting to tackle their first 14er. Pretty gradual incline, and a great intro to dealing with talus fields. Next step...hiking that sawtooth to Evans.

    ALSO, get there no later than 6am if you want a parking spot in the lot. Coming back there were TONS of cars on the side of the road.

    Michelle Hathaway reviewed Bald Mountain Trail

    5 months ago

    I will need to go back and attempt this the normal way. I approached from Boreas Pass, taking the black powder pass trail to the saddle of Boreas mountain and Baldy Mountain. It was a bit of a scramble at points, but definitely a fun trail! There were two false summits, and three relatively sizable hills that you had to overcome before making it to the summit… Which meant you had to do that coming back as well. More mentally draining than anything. It took me about five hours in total. You are able to park right at Boreas Pass and hike that way. Just make sure you follow the trail, or you’ll get lost in bushes. I know this report isn’t about the Boreas Pass route… But I couldn’t find a posting about that one. Would definitely do again

    Michelle Hathaway completed Bald Mountain Trail

    5 months ago

    Michelle Hathaway reviewed Quandary Peak Trail

    5 months ago

    Climbed this morning! Truly a wonderful hike. VERY minimal snow right before the summit. Easily walked over, just be careful coming down. A little icy, but not enough snow to hinder your hike. I didn’t need trekking poles OR spikes. As stated by hikers before me, there are super friendly mountain goats lingering around at various parts of the trail.

    I stopped a lot along the way. In total, I spent about 5 hrs 15 minutes on the mountain. I was at the summit by 9:20am. (Left car at 6:15am, and made it back to car by 11:22 am. I parked in the lower lot because spots by trailhead were already taken.) I passed a LOT of people on my way up and down. Easily over 3 dozen people were having fun on the hill. I was solo-ing today, but the awesome energy of the other hikers around me was enough to keep me going.

    Words of advice: just keep going if the weather permits! Totally worth it. The random stairs in the side of the mountain above tree line are annoying going up, but super needed on the jog back down.

    Michelle Hathaway completed Quandary Peak Trail

    5 months ago

    Michelle Hathaway reviewed Grizzly Peak and Cupid Peak via Mount Sniktau Trail and Loveland Pass

    6 months ago

    Beautiful hike! Hit two patches of snow, but they were packed down enough to avoid post holing. Honestly, most difficult part was coming down from Grizzly. I was a noob and didn’t bring my trekking poles, but I did just fine. I was surprisingly relieved to see that final hill (there are three substantial hills before the final ascent to Grizzly). Would definitely hike again. Stopped a LOT along the way, and finished at 4 hrs 25 minutes. Not my best record, but it was enjoyable. Would recommend!