Mount Shavano, Mount Antero, Mount Princeton, Mount Yale, Mount Harvard, Mount Oxford, and La Plata Peak Trail

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San Isabel National Forest

Mount Shavano, Mount Antero, Mount Princeton, Mount Yale, Mount Harvard, Mount Oxford, and La Plata Peak Trail is a 67.8 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Salida, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from November until February.

Length67.8 miElevation gain30,433 ftRoute typePoint to point
BackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingBird watchingForestViewsRockySnowOff trailNo dogs
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Plotted only for highly skilled mountaineering individuals. This is an extremely difficult, strenuous trail which traverses up and down nine mountains all topping 14,000 feet in elevation. There is no trail, special care must be taken to follow the map as there will be no signs of any trail. The map is for winter use due to various water obstructions which will freeze over. Before you start, do a final gear check to make sure you have everything you need. Begin the trail and set pace to cover a max total of 10 miles per day in order to slowly acclimate to the constant changes in elevation. There is a marker on the map at every 10 mile stretch to aid in a general camp ground area. When you reach the end of the hike, have someone pick you up or call an Uber to take you back to your car. You could backtrack the trail and turn it into an out and back, just ensure you have enough supplies.

You will pass through several small towns on your trek.

-It is recommended that you print and laminate a minimum of 7 total map sections in order to see the trail in greater detail. However, breaking the map into 14 sections is optimal. -An additional 3 day emergency supply of water and food is necessary. -Adequate emergency exposure gear and fire starters is required. -Freeze dried food and a portable stove system is a great way to save space lighten your load by carrying less water. Water is however still necessary in the event you run out of fuel. -Ski/hiking poles are a must. -Use an all seasons tent

The county roads generally aren't cleared of snow. And off road vehicle with adequate chains and tire is a necessity. Before you go ensure that your car is tuned up with antifreeze, a fresh oil change, as well as a good working battery. If you feel uncomfortable leaving your car you may catch a ride to the drop off point.

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Dawson Rogers
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This hike is not for the faint of heart. Beautiful views and very cold. Stay warm!