Hiking in Breckenridge: Mount Elbert

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Mount Elbert has a lot to be proud of.  This peak reaches to the highest of heights – literally. Elbert is the tallest 14er, the highest summit in all of the Rockies, and is the second-highest mountain in the contiguous United States. Located just outside of Aspen, this Colorado gem Continue Reading

Hiking in Breckenridge: Mount of the Holy Cross

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A secluded part of the Sawatch Range, Class 2 and 14,009’ Mount of the Holy Cross is not visible from I70 and does not come into view until you are well within the wilderness. Named for the distinct cross shaped snowfield on its northeast face, Holy Cross was once named Continue Reading

Hiking in Breckenridge: Pikes Peak

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There are two routes up Pikes Peak. This first-hand account follows the East slopes 13 miles up, and 13 miles back down to Manitou Springs. There is a shorter route, 14 miles round-trip, on the other face of the mountain but it is not as easily accessible and is far Continue Reading

Hiking in Breckenridge: Decalibron Loop

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The brutal Decalibron loop gets its name from the four highest peaks along the route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross. Located less than one hour away from Main Street, the Declibron is the perfect caper for adventurers seeking ideas for hiking in Breckenridge. The entire area is comprised of large, rolling hills and commanding mountain summits. Often times, Continue Reading

Hiking in Breckenridge: Mount Evans

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There is no doubt that Breckenridge offers its visitors a wide variety of summer activities including a plethora of hiking options. With all of the trails that are available, how do locals and tourists go about picking the location of their next hiking in Breckenridge escapade? For those individuals who Continue Reading

Hiking in Breckenridge: Mount Bierstadt

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14,060’ Class 2 Mount Bierstadt is a muddy yet beautiful gem. Unlike most other 14er’s in Colorado, from the trailhead, hikers are able to see their entire route up Mount Bierstadt’s west slopes. Arguably the easiest of Colorado’s 58 14er’s, Mount Bierstadt is one of the highest peaks in the Continue Reading

Hiking in Breckenridge: Quandary Peak

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On August 10, 2015, almost a month after my Sherman trip, I was finally able to make the journey back to the Mosquito Mountain Range; this time, my destination was the 14, 265’ summit of Quandary Peak. The mountain is considered to be a Class 1 climb with no major Continue Reading

Hiking in Breckenridge: An Introduction to Mountaineering

Colorado Mountaineering is not for the casual adventurer; it is a dangerous hobby and many people have died while climbing the glorious 14ers. Unforgiving terrain, unpredictable weather, and risky people can add together to create a situation where your climbing knowledge and experience will be tested. Just because hundreds of Continue Reading