Adventures, By Category
Adventures, By Destination
While you may not feel comfortable with the skills to summit a peak on your own we have guides available to show you the rewards of climbing rock, ice, or snow. These peaks are far from any major cities and make for great overnights where one can often enjoy the stars overhead at night and alpenglow on the peaks in the mornings.
We offer guided 14er climbs in a couple different places. We also have a limited number of days to climb in Rocky Mountain National Park which includes Long’s Peak. Additionally we also offer guided climbs of easier 14ers in the Lake City area in the San Juan Mountains. We are always happy to work with you to determine the best climb for each adventurers skill set.
Handies Peak, East Face: There are several semi-technical snow routes here. Each starts with a pleasant hike from Grizzly Gulch. After a few hours of hiking along the creek the basin opens to where you come to the East Face. After roping up and putting on crampons near a small tarn climbers ascend steep snow til the couloir exits onto the final summit dome. This makes for a great ski descent as well in early spring after the snow consolidates.
Handies Peak, American Basin Trail: This is one of the easiest 14er routes in Colorado depending on how far into the trailhead your vehicle will get you. With high clearance 4WD it’s fairly straightforward hiking from the trailhead. Otherwise it requires additional hiking. In winter this makes a great multi-day winter ascent. In the spring wildflowers make this the perfect initiation for those who are more interested in scenery instead of difficulty.
Handies Peak, Grizzly Gulch Trail: This is a scenic route that winds past the most difficult portions of the east face of Handies peak and is the most common route in winter when avalanche conditions allow for it.
Redcloud Peak, Silver Creek Trail: Named because of the red coloring of the rock which is high in iron content this is another hiking route that heads up Silver Creek to a saddle before following the east ridge to the summit.
Sunshine Peak via Redcloud Peak, Silver Creek Trail: This is the common way of climbing two 14ers via the mile plus ridge that goes from Redcloud Peak on to Sunshine. With surrounding views of the Uncompaghre Wilderness and surrounding San Juan peaks this is a great introduction to 14er climbing