When I was writing New Year resolutions, I decided that climbing a fourteener – actually five of them – had to be on the list. Why fourteeners and why five? First, climbing a fourteener is the quintessential Colorado outdoor activity. Second, why just climb one when you could climb five? It only takes an hour or so to head west on I-70 and hit mountains, so I wanted to create a doable yet more challenging goal. I'm looking forward to documenting these hikes here on the blog, but ahead of actually lacing up and heading to the mountains, here are the first five that I think I should climb.
1. Mt. Bierstadt
You can see the summit on the entire hike. It should take 6-7 hours. Seems like a great first 14er.
2. Mt. Evans
Unlike what Laura Pancost suggested, I do indeed plan to actually hike Mt. Evans ;) A lot of people do Evans and Bierstadt at the same time, since they are connected by the Sawtooth. I'll warm up to that idea perhaps after summiting a couple of 14ers. The only scrambling I enjoy involves eggs, so it may be a bit out of my comfort zone. Evans, though, I feel is an essential hike for a Denver resident. You see it every day and so it must eventually be conquered by foot.
3. Quandary Peak
A favorite for backcountry skiers, close to lovely Breckenridge. Seems like you can't go wrong hiking Quandary.
4. Gray's Peak & 5. Torrey's Peak
Also close to Denver, many people summit both in a day. If these are numbers 4&5, maybe I'll work up the courage to do so by end of summer. We shall see.
What do you think about these picks? Have you climbed any 14ers? Let me know in the comments.