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Peaks Trail #45, Breckenridge CO Hiked 5/3/14

9 May

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Starting Elevation:  10,075 Ft

Highest Elevation: 10,221 Ft

Trail Length: We did a total of 6.5 miles round trip but you can take this trail all the way to Frisco for 10 miles one way.

Trail Uses: Hiker, biker, cross-country skiing, snowshoe,

Degree of Difficulty:  Moderate to difficult depending on how far you want to take it.

Fees: None

Bathrooms:  None at the trailhead but the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 is a resort right next to the trailhead and does have public bathrooms

Pets:  Yes – I think they are supposed to be on leash but there were some(most) not on leash

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Three years ago we impulsively bought a time share in Breckenridge and because we have spent that money I make sure to always take advantage of it when I can.  They offer something called bonus time to owners, which means when the resort isn’t full they sell the rooms for a third of the cost they normally are.  This past weekend was one of those weekends there was availability via bonus time and on top of it if we sat through another sales pitch, we got the room for 2 nights for $38.  Needless to say we took advantage of the deal.   The best part of the stay is that this trail we wanted to do is right next to the resort…. well that and the hot tubs.

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The not so great part is the resort allows pets and guess where everyone comes to walk their dogs…. this trail head, where apparently none of them ever bother to pick up after their dogs.   It was a poo minefield for the first quarter-mile, it was actually hard to miss stepping in it all while walking through this first section.

We were out on the trail just 30 minutes after we got up, at 7AM.  The snow was icy and stable so all we needed for most of the hike was traction devices.  The sky was the most beautiful blue, I don’t think the day could have been more perfect for us to be out hiking.  After the poo-field, the trail goes up a little, then down a little then up and down some more.   Nothing too crazy but a good workout on snow and ice regardless.

These trail markers make following the path in the snow easy. Very well marked

These trail markers make following the path in the snow easy. Very well-marked

Trail Conditions in the beginning

Trail Conditions in the beginning

We came to this road a little less than mile in, but the trail was well-marked on the other side.

crossing the road

It isn’t far from this junction that the views just open up on both sides of the trail.

Looking North and East

Looking North and East

Looking West

Looking West

We started to hear the melting snow all over and then we crossed over a snow melt stream, this one is the first of 3 or 4 we would cross from this point forward and while the picture doesn’t quite capture it, we are 4-5 feet above the stream on snow

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It was just after this we ended up on a Nordic Center snowshoe trail, which threw us because we didn’t remember seeing a trial break.  Fortunately, I had sort of  remembered from our snowshoe at the Nordic Center(snowshoe details here) that there was one part of the trail system that merged with the Peaks Trail so we kept moving forward and kept an eye out for a blue diamond.  I do have to say when it went off on its own there was absolutely no snow the way it went, I was a little jealous, I am definitely done with snow.

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We continued on and got the absolute best views of the day in the next section which was pretty flat until it started to descend to the three mile marker and this beautiful pool about 6 ft below us but the picture doesn’t show how high the snow was.

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We felt really good and almost went further but we didn’t want to go too far and then spend hours post holing back to the trailhead.  Instead we decided to turn around and promised each other to walk the 2 miles down to town for a little extra movement.  We did walk those 2 miles to town and around town for a total of 12 miles over the course of the day which isn’t too bad.

This trail was spectacular and I cannot wait to try it in the summer or fall, the trees were perfect, the views amazing and frankly I would love to say I walked to Frisco on it.  You can really get out of it whatever you want, just make sure to go a mile to a mile and half in so you can see the best views possible,

I hope whatever your plans are for the weekend, they involve hiking!

Directions:  from I70 to Breckenridge take 9 to Lincoln/Ski Hill,  turn right.  Take Ski Hill for approximately 2 miles to Grand lodge on Peak 7 – drive just past the Resort and follow the road, as soon as it is unpaved you will see the trailhead on the left.

I thought these looked like ice ornaments instead of icicles

I thought these looked like ice ornaments instead of icicles

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Nordic Center Snowshoe, Breckenridge CO Snowshoed 3/2/14

9 Mar
View at the Hallelujah Hut

View at the Hallelujah Hut

Willow Trail > Engleman Trail > Hallelujah Hut

Starting Elevation:  Around 9800 Ft

Highest Elevation: Around 10,800 Ft ( total guess based on my fitbit number of stairs)

Trail Uses: Snowshoe only – Designated Terrain Park

Trail Length: 6-ish miles round trip

Degree of Difficulty:  Easy(Willow) to Moderate(Engleman)

Bathrooms: Yes – At the Nordic Center and at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7

Pets: No but it seemed like season ticket holders or locals were using the trails too and had dogs

Fees: Yes $20 for a day pass for the terrain park and $18 a day for snow shoe rental

View as we crossed over by Grand Lodge at Peak 7

View as we crossed over by Grand Lodge at Peak 7

Our first hike with our nieces was a disappointing cancel for 2 reasons, first when we  pulled into the trailhead parking lot we literally couldn’t see more than 2 feet in front of us the snow was so heavy.  I have to admit I didn’t want to try the hike with the weather the way it was but my nieces were still game… they ROCK!  Then when we were getting our shoes on I realized I had left mine at home in the garage, yep  I forgot them sitting all nice and warm on the tool table.  Needless to say we decided the weather was too bad to hike and just drove straight on to Breckenridge.  It turned out to be divine intervention because as we pulled back onto I70 the weather cleared just long enough to get to Breckenridge, where I could pick up new hiking boots, before the next wave hit.

On Sunday we got up early and headed right to the terrain park so that Anne & Lauren could try out snowshoeing, this way we could see how they liked it before we attempted a sunrise hike the next morning.  I had read up on the 3 Nordic Centers in and around Breckenridge and decided this one the best one to hit mostly because of all the trail options.  I have read that a lot of people didn’t like that it winds around all the mansions on Shock hill but we didn’t see that much of the houses on our trip and what we did see, didn’t bother us.

Anne & Lauren all ready to go.

Anne & Lauren all ready to go.

The people running the Nordic center might be the nicest people I have ever met, seriously they went through the trail map with me and circled all the places we might see Moose and suggested options for trail changes.  Then when I explained I needed to keep the snowshoes over night to do a sunrise hike/snowshoe but would be returning them early the next day, they only charged me the overnight fee of $5 instead of an additional full day rental. They also gave us tips on dealing with the Moose… did you know that if a moose is standing and looks like it might charge you can just jump behind a tree and it loses you? And as long as there are trees between you and the moose or they are laying down you should be fine!???! This is by no means scientific so always use caution around wild animals because they are WILD, but we found it interesting.

We started out on the Willow path, which was pretty nice and easy to let you get used to the snowshoes .  It winds through Shock Hill and the Alpine wet lands behind the Nordic Center.  We went under the Gondola going to Peak 8 and then popped out of the trees just north of the Grand Lodge on peak 7.  I stay at the Grand Lodge as much as I can so I knew right where the public restrooms were, we took off our snowshoes and took advantage of those restrooms. Up to this point the trail was pretty easy and VERY well-marked, the terrain park did a great job in putting trail markers every where to ensure their guests could find their way around.

Crossing over the first xcountry skiing path.

Crossing over the first cross-country skiing path.

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Turning onto Engleman from willow Red markers to Yellow Markers

Turning onto Engleman from willow Red markers to Yellow Markers

how Engleman was feeling in the beginning

how Engleman was feeling in the beginning

Once we crossed over by the Grand Lodge, the trail got a little harder but it was also almost completely empty.  The best part was when the sun came out bright and strong making the day perfect!

By the Grand Lodge on Peak 7

By the Grand Lodge on Peak 7

Very well marked

Very well-marked

Trail Conditions on Engleman

Trail Conditions on Engleman

The trail marker for the last mile to the Hallelujah hut

The trail marker for the last mile to the Hallelujah hut

We climbed the most at this point, through the pines and up along peaks 7 & 6 but outside of the skiing area.  As we came to a nice large open area the views were amazing and across the area we could see our turnaround point, Hallelujah Hut.  It was a welcome sight as we were all getting a little tired.  I am starting to learn that snowshoeing requires a little more stamina than hiking does, so each time I am surprised that I am so wiped after what I consider short distances.  We had a snack at the Hut and then made a quick return trip to the Nordic center.

Start of the last stretch

Start of the last stretch

Hallelujah Hut

Hallelujah Hut

While on the return, I overshot the trail turn back but we were thrilled with my mistake because it led us right to the some Moose  just chillin on one of the cross-country ski routes.  They had told us the Moose were all over the park that day but we had given up hope we might actually see some.  It was the perfect way to end the snowshoe!

Moose

Moose

Us and Moose

Us and Moose

I loved the Terrain Park at the Nordic Center, in fact I plan on going there again as soon as we can.  It is a really good way to get used to snowshoes, the trails are well marked and goes through amazing scenery.  We had a lot of fun on our snowshoe, I think maybe we took on a little more than we should have as we were all wiped at the end of almost 5 hours of snowshoeing.  But we laughed a lot and got to see moose!  After the directions will be some of our favorite pictures.

Directions: From Breckenridge Main Street take Ski Hill/Lincoln West up Ski Hill for almost a mile, the NOrdic Center will be on you Left at 1200 Ski Hill Road.  Go Past the first Nordic Center sign for the actual parking lot. entrance.

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More Views

Aaron said get crazy I heard Get Cozy.... much laughter and confusion followed

Aaron said get crazy I heard Get Cozy…. much laughter and confusion followed

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Lower Mohawk Lake (Repeater), Hiked 9/28/13

19 Oct

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When we got back to our condo after hiking Hanging Lake, the weather actually got worse but that didn’t stop us from hitting the hot tub…..in blizzard type weather.   It was awesome!

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When I talked to the front desk they said that there would likely be 3-5 inches of snow in the morning but it would also be beautiful and sunny first thing in the morning so we stuck to the plan of hitting the Mohawk lakes.  I can’t lie, I always have  the underlying motive of trying to get all my favorite people to fall in love with Colorado and want to move here too.   For me the mohawk lakes ( Hike details here) show all the best of Colorado and is not that long, just outside of Breckenridge, with lakes and beautiful views.   The down side of Mohawk Lakes is that it is crowded with lots of people who don’t care about rules or any one else’s experience (did you read bitter here because it is so there).

It was pretty cold when we started but Mary was a trooper and getting suspicious.  She had asked how the trail was the night before and I said it is pretty easy (lie) until it is not (truth) and that is pretty much flat (lie) until it is not (truth)…. lets just say half way through she was on to me….. I think the best part was when we came to the series of ponds and I pointed out where we were going and she said um WHAT!?!?!?! I totally got what she was feeling, I remember doing this trail and thinking there is no way I am making it up there.  I told her trust me, before you know it we will be up there and you will wonder why you thought it was too hard.  She totally didn’t believe me….. until not that long after we were up there and she was like “WOW”

There was one little wrinkle that presented itself as we got closer to the falls  there was a group of  7 or 8 hikers with like 9 dogs…off leash (illegal) that kept kinda of barging their way past or into our hike.  At first it was just the dogs that caught up to us…. then 3 owners so we thought nothing.   Just kept moving on.  But by the time we reached the scramble I was completely over it when one of the dogs pushed its way through my legs and almost knocked me over.  We waited at the start the scramble until after they passed us, I have to admit I did not know how big the group was until that moment… seriously the owner of the dog who knocked me over walked by and I said yeah I don’t want to battle on the scramble with unleashed dogs and she said imagine how hard it would be for me if I leashed her to me…. um WHAT !?!?!?!?!?!.  Then the last person in their group was trying to be nice and let us go ahead of them and I said there is no way I can do the scramble and battle 9  unleashed dogs….  My sister was surprised at my open contempt.  Heres the thing  I LOVE dogs…. I Mean super love them but on a trail with a scramble at 11,000+ ft, an untrained dog is like asking to hurt someone.   Trained controlled dogs no problem….puppies with no training and an owner who thinks it is not her problem…. HUGE problem.

Mary and I at the Continental Falls

Mary and I at the Continental Falls

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Outside of my uncontrolled dog issues, Mary was not faring as well as I had hoped she would.  She has “issues” with heights and the huge expanses as we climbed the scramble made me realize maybe she needs a better guide, which immediately transported me back to my first attempt.  It is freaky when you first climb it.  With the snow from the night before…. well it looked intimidating.  Mary, though is a fighter( I think she got that from our mom and dad)  she battled her discomfort the whole time.  When we got to the Lower lake and decided the best choice was to eat, rest and then head down, she got it all under control like the champ she is.

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I am so happy!

Can you tell we are sisters....I mean our look couldn't be more identical

Can you tell we are sisters….I mean our look couldn’t be more identical

At the end she was so happy we made it to Lower Mohawk Lake but I think that maybe we both learned(big lesson for me) that someone who is completely ok with heights should warm up someone who isn’t a little more thoroughly. Either way it was a perfect day for us both!  Here are some of our favorite pictures from the hike.

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Us at the scramble on the way down…Mary is MUCH more relaxed here.

Views at the scramble....love how snow is like the perfect frosting.

Views at the scramble….love how snow is like the perfect frosting.

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The 2 perfect peaks are Grays and Torreys

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Upper Mohawk Lakes, Partial Repeater-Hiked 7/4/13

20 Jul
Upper Mohawk Lake

Upper Mohawk Lake

When we started our vacation week in the mountains, the original goal was James Peak on Saturday(done), Mohawk Lakes on Sunday ( done Thursday), Quandary Peak on Tuesday ( Done), Upper Crystal Lakes on Wednesday (Skipped) and Thursday a drunken celebration (delayed), Friday up in the air since we knew the tattoos would be intense.  But that Saturday night was unexpected, Aaron had 3 bad blood sugar lows in the night, that 3rd one was especially bad at just 40 and I made the decision then we would change our hiking plans.   We slept in and headed back to town so I could work on Monday ( I didn’t have enough vacation for the whole week).

Tuesday and summiting Quandary Peak was a huge success, then we celebrated way too hard but had a great time!  When we got up at 5AM to attempt Upper Crystal Lake on Wednesday we couldn’t even eat and if we couldn’t eat we can’t hike.  It was a well deserved rest day and while Thursday was quickly upon us, Aaron graciously agreed to do this repeater because I was desperate to make it to that 3rd lake we missed out on the first time we did the hike.  We got up at 5AM and were on the trail to Upper Mohawk Lakes (hike details here) at a respectable 6:30AM.

It was a surprisingly slow start, not because we weren’t rearing to go, hung over or because we were struggling with the altitude, but because Aaron’s diabetes was just not cooperating.  He dropped fast and had to aggressively feed the insulin he had on board, since exercise helps lower blood sugar we had to just move slow.  Honestly it wasn’t a big deal to me because this trail is just crazy beautiful and since we started early, we had it all to ourselves.  Taking our time just helped me love it more and notice the changes from our first attempt last September.

Continental Falls from Spruce Creek Trail

Continental Falls from Spruce Creek Trail

Last year it had been a deep drought intense year and while we are still in drought conditions, they have let up some with our late snowy April and May, Breckenridge got like 8 feet of snow in those amazing 6 weeks.  The fact we could see the falls from way below and so far away is an example of our improved situation, last September they were nowhere to be seen until we climbed over to them.  This was a pretty joyous discovery, one we wouldn’t have necessarily noticed if we were trucking through like we planned, so yay forced slow approach!

I had to capture this reflection again on our 2nd attempt

I had to capture this reflection again on our 2nd attempt

The first time we came upon this pond I was amazed at the reflection, this time I still loved the reflection and was amazed at the additional ponds all around the main one.  There was lots of ohhhing and ahhing on my part, mostly Aaron was sick of eating to keep his blood sugar up but was handling it all like a champ.  I am so crazy proud of him and his fighting attitude!

This hike the second time around was a revelation, we were easily moving forward I am 20+lbs lighter than the first time and had a tremendous gain in stamina as well as strength.

As we came up to the scramble to the first lake, it was hardly the harrowing obstacle I remembered it to be, but simply lovely in its approach to the Lower lake and the flowers!  I mean ….WOW, they lined the trail like a parade and we were the floats.

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I cannot begin to explain how different I felt from that first time we hiked this trail but I can tell I was in a very happy place.  We made quick work to the 2nd lake and the snow there only made everything prettier, we took a couple of pictures and then got so excited about a huge Columbine bush along the lake, that we missed the correct trail to the upper lake but managed to make our own way up there.

As we got to the 2nd Lake

As we got to the 2nd Lake

Seriously....just breath-taking

Seriously….just breath-taking

The fish were jumping out of the water for attention

The fish were jumping out of the water for attention

Aaron quickly made his way to the Columbine bush we were spying, completely missing the trail on the far right

Aaron quickly made his way to the Columbine bush we were spying, completely missing the trail on the far right

Nature still does it best so worth missing the trail

Nature still does it best, so worth missing the trail

We just kept moving forward not realizing we missed the trail and made our way up over the ridge.  I guess all of new-found bouldering skills have made us blind, as we got to a hard part Aaron saw the actual trail to our right and we just laughed at our ignorance. Climbing to this 3rd lake, what I think is Upper Mohawk Lake, was so easy but the bugs were really intense. This was the view as we crested the ridge

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Us at Upper Mohawk Lake

Us at Upper Mohawk Lake

I have read there are 3-6 more lakes past this one and that they require serious climbing skills, but standing at this 3rd lake and seeing the trail over the next ridge made us seriously contemplate an attempt to go further.  What stopped us was a lack of real knowledge of what lay ahead and the fact that we could see 2 groups approaching this 3rd lake.   Oh and the mosquitos were a little too thrilled to have fresh meat….I know we are in short sleeves but it is maybe 55 degrees in the above picture so you know they were hearty mosquitos!  We stayed for a mere 5 minutes and then practically ran down to Mohawk lake and killed an hour taking pictures and eating some snacks.

It was an amazing day for so many reasons but mostly because you can’t beat scenery like this.  We got to actually hit every waterfall, got great pictures and this time I actually jogged down the part of the trail I fell down last time.  The only question I walked away with was is the 3rd lake upper Mohawk Lake or is the second….many passed hikers seemed to think the 2nd lake is in fact Upper Mohawk and most were only trying to get to that first lake.  Either way I am completely in love with this hike, there isn’t one bad part and the views from all over are just amazing.  It has made me realize the best thing I ever did was move to Colorado, the hiking here has opened up a huge new world to me.  I will post our favorite pictures, it should be no surprise that we took well over a thousand pictures between the 2 of us.  If you ever find yourself in Breckenridge DO THIS HIKE!

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Looking out East Over Lower Mohawk Lake

Looking out East Over Lower Mohawk Lake

Facing North from Mohawk Lake

Facing North from Mohawk Lake

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These Goats scampered up and the Fisher woman scared them up above her

These Goats scampered up and the fisher woman scared them up above her

They quickly climbed way above her and then stood in Judgement of her skills...she was pretty good

They quickly climbed way above her and then stood in Judgement of her skills…she was pretty good

Continental Falls up close

Continental Falls up close

Looking down and east fro the falls

Looking down and east from the falls

Some of the flowers by the falls

Some of the flowers by the falls

Same Pond and the PM Reflections on the way down

Same Pond and the PM Reflections on the way down

Aaron checking out the view east from half way down

Aaron checking out the view east from half way down

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Quandary Peak 14,265 Ft (our first 14er!!!!!), Breckenridge CO 7/2/13

10 Jul
Views at the summit

Views at the summit

Quandary Peak Trail, East Approach

Starting Elevation: 10,995Ft

Summit Elevation:  14,295 Ft ( 3300ft total elevation gain)

Trail Length: 6.5- 7 miles miles officially ( my fitbit said 8 miles at the end)  It took us 6.5 hrs; 3:45 hrs going up  2:45hrs coming down

Trail Uses: Hiker, Biker, Horses

Degree of Difficulty:  Strenuous

Bathrooms: There are at least 2 parking lots and the first one does have port-o-potties, the one we parked at did not

Pets: On leash

Fees:  None

Summit Marker

Summit Marker

Quandary is really close to Breckenridge where we were staying and one of the easier 14ers you can do in Colorado.  I can’t lie in that I wanted to try a really easy one for our first 14er.  After our reluctant turnaround so close to the summit of James Peak a few days before, we made sure to not chance weather coming in at the wrong time when we tried Quandary, so we got up at 2:30AM and to the trail head at 4AM.  We have also heard that the trail is crazy crowded the later in the day you go and we kinda wanted it to ourselves so we could go at our own pace, breathing as heavily as we needed.   Plus we could barely sleep anyway because we were so excited for our first attempt  at a 14er!!!!

As we pulled up there were already 3 cars in the parking lot, we got ready in record time and right before we started , there were people in one of the cars and one came over to talk to us.  He said that he was a camp counselor that had brought a group of kids to hike Quandary to catch the sunrise and one of their kids got altitude sickness so he was sitting with him.  apparently this was a surprise since he had done Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive earlier in the week, just a reinforcement that you never know when altitude sickness is going to hit.

Here are the pictures I took of the parking lot and trail head when we got back down around 11:30AM

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Walk across the road to the trailhead

Walk across the road to the trailhead

Trailhead signage

There is something weird about hiking with your headlamp on, it feels strangely exposing in that we don’t know who or what is watching us.  At the same time, it forces you to only to pay attention to the trail lit up in front of you and not dread what you see up ahead which kinda makes the incline seem much easier, for me at least.  Plus it means coming back down will be like doing a loop hike because it will be brand new for us.

Proof we started while it's still dark

Proof we started while it was still dark

We actually made surprisingly good time to get for the first 2-2.5 miles and as the sun started rising we were just at the tree line.

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What it looked during the day

What it looked during the day

The colors as the sun rises always take my breath away, as we were approaching the gravel we could see the top of Quandary lit up in a beautiful pink gold.

Getting close to the traverse. Quandary looks beautiful

Getting close to the traverse. Quandary looks beautiful.

The trail at this point was a nice steady climb with some rocks mostly dirt, it did get steep on occasion but not too bad.

As we moved to the next part of climb, it is through a ton of rocks all sizes and gravel, to me it seemed like the steepest part of the trail.  Which coincidentally, is also the hardest part of the trail both going up and coming down.  The ground is pretty unstable and then the steep grade, well it makes the trip down more challenging.

Coming down the gravel part

Coming down the gravel part

Going up it around 7AM

Going up it around 6:30AM

After the gravel climb it levels out for a nice comfy traverse which lets you catch your breath and feel more comfortable with the altitude, in fact I felt so good that as we approached the summit climb I figured it would be cake.  We hit the summit climb a little before 7AM.

The traverse in the distance as we were climbing down from the summit

The traverse in the distance as we were climbing down from the summit

The path up the ridge to the summit is totally hidden until you are on top of it and I was kinda worried we would be bouldering up the 1000+ feet in elevation left to go, but as you follow what you are on, you see it clearly and it is very well planned out.  It is steep and you can find yourself bouldering a little on accident, but then spot the trail just ahead.  The hardest part was just plain old breathing, we found ourselves stopping every 20-30 feet just to catch our breath.

Super close to the summit

Super close to the summit

The last little bit was over a small snow field, it was well used and already slick.   Aaron’s issue with heights kicked in here so we did take the time put our yaktrax on but I don’t think they are necessary.  It did help us get to the summit, and put Aaron more at peace although once we took a few pictures together on the summit, he sat in a wind shelter and didn’t move until we went back down, asking me like 10 times to watch out….not so close… Trust me the summit is plenty big no fear of falling off.

Snow field Before summit

View East from the Summit

View East from the Summit

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It was pretty emotional for me when we got to the top, I felt so incredibly accomplished after losing almost 2/3s of the weight and training for a year and a half, we did it!  I totally cried happy tears!  Then I cried tears of amazement because of the views.  I am already planning for our next 14er!  We got to the summit right at 8AM, because we were so early we had it to ourselves almost the whole time, there was just one other person who came and went.  On the way down, the trail was super crowded, like I am guessing we passed over a 100-200 other hikers.  Going early was the best decision we made.  After the directions will be our favorite pictures!

Directions: From I-70, take Exit #203 for Breckenridge – Highway 9 and travel south through the towns of Breckenridge and Blue River. Travel 18.3 miles from Exit #203 to State Road 850( Blue Lakes Road) and turn right (west). Make an immediate right on McCullough Gulch Road (State Road 851 north) and travel .3 miles up the maintained dirt road to the trailhead. Spaces are limited, but roadside parking is permitted.  There is also a parking lot immediately after turning onto Blue Lakes Road with the port-o-potty but we opted to go to the Official trail head parking.

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Summit

Summit

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Views Northwest

Views South

Views South

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A Momma goat posing so we ignore her kids

A Momma goat posing so we ignore her kids

Goat family

Goat family

Blue Lakes just south of Quandary at sunrise

Blue Lakes just south of Quandary at sunrise

Blue Lakes on the way down

Blue Lakes on the way down

Teaser… Our first 14er DONE!

2 Jul

We did it!!!! Today we hiked AND completed our first 14er….

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Riverside Trail A Breckenridge *Repeater* Hike 5/4/13

9 May
Mountain Range from the path

Mountain Range from the path

When I booked our weekend in Breckenridge a couple of months ago I thought that we would be able to do some higher hikes by this point in time.  Of course that was before the 5 weeks of blizzards and the 4-5 feet of snow Breckenridge got during April.  The last storm finished dropping a foot of snow 2 days before we got there so when I asked the concierge what they thought about us trying to hike the Mohawk Lakes, he tried not to laugh at me as he told me yeah that is not happening.  Our options were pretty slim given we could see the ledges of snow hanging over every mountain in sight, it would be a road or path anyway we did it.

We changed our priorities and did the Riverside Path (Hike Details here) again.  We did almost 10 miles in just 3.5 hours and the day was just beautiful.

Views from the river

Views from the river

It is hard to actually call this a hike because most of it is along a paved path, which turned out not to be so nice on my feet and legs.  In the end it is pretty easy and you can make go as long as you want it too but since our priorities changed to hot tubbing 10-ish felt like enough.  The weekend was great even if the hiking was not  what we wanted, the views cannot be beat!

Here are our favorite pictures from the day:

Great views from the river

Great views from the river

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Hiking to Healthy Kathy & Aaron

Hiking to Healthy Kathy & Aaron