First 14er!

Fun hike, first 14er! The beer at the top certainly hit me harder than I would have expected 🙂 Trail was a bit busy but…

Up the Incline

Great hike! There is construction at the base of the Manitou incline at the moment so you can’t start there, but if you go up…

Bergen Beginning

Trail was amazing and fun.  Great views, moderate amount of bikers and hikers.

The Saga Begins

Trail condition was great, it’s smooth the whole way to the top – people bike the whole way up with only a few stops to…

Bergen Peak

Fairly easy hike with my partner Leila Touhami.

Bergen Peak – 10 to 45 degrees

Loved this hike! Started at 5:45 am, 10 degrees, in my 4 layers with snowshoes. Ended at ~ 2:45 pm at 45 degrees in my…

Last Hike, Challange Complete!

Last of the six pack challange! I put this hike off till last because it is the furthest distance from where I live, and because…

Mt Sherman

Chilly day for hiking! More abandoned mining by the trail. Can’t say it’s easy 14ers but it’s shortest 14ers in CO. Met other sixpackofpeaks participants…

Last but not least

This was the last peak on the challenge for me and was more tiring than I expected. Other than a short walk through a field…

Mt Sherman final 6 pack hike

It was epic day for my final 6-pack prak, Mt Sherman.  At the very end  of the hike, literaly right b4 getting back to the…

Grays and Torreys Peak

We finished this one today! This will be my second time hiking this peak and you get a bonus summit by crossing the saddle over…

Gray’s and Torrey’s Take 2

This was our second time completing this hike and it still did not disappoint. We camped at the trailhead the night before so we could…

4 for 1 Special

This trip was quite the adventure! i started the night before by driving to the trailhead for some overnight camping in my bus conversion. The…

4 for 1 Special

This trip was quite the adventure! i started the night before by driving to the trailhead for some overnight camping in my bus conversion. The…

Windy saddle on Horseshoe Mountain

I had Horseshoe Mountain completely to myself. It was both eerie and serene. Beautiful bluebird skies but man was it windy at the saddle. I…

Mount Yale

Great hike overall but thought it was slightly tougher than the other fourteeners in this challenge. Trail in good condition with a couple of water…

HORSESHOE Mtn

Was a super nice day that started out with early morning drizzle, vut we summited by 8:15.  Stellar day!!

Mountain mine

Was a great hike with numerous mine along the way to stop and see. There was also a structure on the very top just past…

SummitPost6

The trail is along a series of abandoned mine trails, so it’s easy to follow. Some mining debris along the way keeps things interesting. Other…

Horseshoe Mountain

Hiking for hours and nobody around. Passed some mining shafts n debris. Cool hiking into ghost mining. it was beautiful and warm day. Since nobody…

A solo summit that didn’t end solo

Started from the Denny Creek Trailhead at 5:30am. Parking lot is totally paved and right off the road. Starts off steep and pretty much stays…

Birkin Bergen

Got an early start to avoid the mountain bikers and potential rain in the forecast. Not the most flower filled trail but pretty views of…

Grays (and Torreys) Peak

A great hike and especially nice with clear blue skies and mild temperatures. A small patch of snow, about 20 feet in length, to cross…

All day sunshine

Was a great hike. The first few miles were through forest which was beautiful, then once above treeline headed into rocky trail. View from the…

Mt Yale Adventure

Epic Mt Yale hike with a Colorado native Beer at the top!  Weather was cooperative all day long

Double Summit Day!

This was an awesome day on the mountain! I did the Grays/Torrays combo and it was well worth it. Sorry for the delay in posting…

Grays Peak

Road to the trailhead definitely not a smooth ride. Lots of people racing to top but they are confusing which to summit first- Grays or…

SummitPost5

The views at the top are awesome! Tough at the end going up the rocks but take your time and you can push through. Get…

Horseshoe and Sherman

Since Horseshoe and Sherman are only 4 miles apart and are along the same ridge line and you can park in one spot and access…

Mount Yale

It was a great day. We camped in dispersed camping about 2 min down from the trailhead. We started about 10 til 5am. The trailhead…

Goats and an Angry Coyote on Grays

I had my favorite hiking partner with me again on this one.  This was my wife Melissa’s second 14er!  We took our time getting to…

Mount Yale

Long hike, certainly a challenge. We camped at the BLM land across from the other trail head, then drove up to the Denny Creek trail.…

A Great Day on Grays

Started this hike around 7am with my friend and her 2 doggies. Hike was nice enough, pretty crowded for the day. Started getting altitude sick…

Windy scary day

We took the trail to the right which leads you over a steep climb over loose rocks. The rest of the trail is fairly easy…

Grays and Torreys

You literally cannot get lost on this trail. Clear and well marked all the way to the summit, the trail is deceptively easy the first…

Undercover Bergen

Got to cross another one off my list with my darling wife again!  This hike was longer than what we’re used to but the plentiful…

Grays and Torreys

The trail was in perfect summer condition! We started around 4:30am and were able to summit both peaks and get back down to the car…

The last one

This was such a beautiful hike! Flowers and wild life were out today. I got to the trailhead by 5:10am and the trailhead was already…

Rocky Mountain High

Decided to challenge my 6 yr old son to hike this with me.  The weather was low 80s and overcast for most of the hike.…

Grays & Torreys dual peak hike

Epic, epic, epic.  What an amazing Day. Met awesone people and had a stellar time.  Encountered a ton of mtn goats and marmots.  It was…

Mountain goat extravaganza

After reading up on this peak we decided to go mid week to avoid some of the weekend crowds. We arrived at the parking lot…

From Sherman with Love

As promised, my wife hiked this one with me.  It was so great to have her along and it was her first CO 14er!  Congratulations…

2019 Hike-a-versary

The last one! The highest one! The busiest one! The coldest one! So many people turned back due to lack of appropriate layers. The hot…

Head in the clouds

We had a wild day on the mountain today. This was actually the second time I tried to do this mountain. The first time we…

GRAYS PEAK

This was the last of our 6-pack hikes and it was super fierce, with gusting winds at the summit and cold temperature drops, causing many…

Steep & Sweaty

Was visiting a friend for his 50th down in Manitou Springs so the timing was perfect. We started a little bit later than we should…

2019 Hike-a-versary

A few more people on this hike, being that it’s a 14er. Also a lot more wind! Glad NE taught us to be prepared for…

2019 Hike-a-versary

Sherman was a lot busier than Horseshoe, but that’s to be expected with a 14er. Still surprised by how many people didn’t know it was…

Hiking in the rain

Was a good hike. The trail is wide, easy to walk and well marked. The only exception is right at the end it looked like…

A new obsession

I loved this hike! This trail has started a new 13er obsession. It had spectacular views without the crowds. I passed one other person on…

Bergen mushroom fest

It was a beautiful day for a hike and mushroom hunting.   For the most part the abundant mountain bikers were respectful and worked with us,…

DAY FIVE – HIKE FIVE

We began this hike in headlamps and had many happy hikers follow our lead in the dark morning time.  This summit felt like we were…

Bergen Peak Day Dream

Hike took about 2 hours each way.  We encountered Thunderstorms on the way up and on the way down.  Was definitely out of hiking shape…

2019 Hike-a-versary

Getting Bridget, our camper, to the trail head was where this adventure truly began! Good thing I was driving, and the old girl made it.…

DAY FOUR – HIKE FOUR

When you summit – don’t stop!  Keep exploring past the actual summit and check out that old cabin up there!  We stumbled upon it by…

2019 Hike-a-versary

Our first 14er and a long hike. We were up before sunrise to be sure to be off of the summit before any storms rolled…

DAY THREE – HIKE THREE

Our first fourteener!  Yale was a beast of a hike due to the elevation.  My adventure buddy and I flew out from MA and hiked…

2019 Hike-a-versary

Day 2 and getting acclimated! The incline was tough but fun to interact with so many people. Though I was surprised at how many of…

Yale Class of 2019

Graduated Mt. Yale University yesterday!  I had planned to hike Mt. Sherman this week but changed plans at the last minute when my wife said…

Mt. Yale Adventure

Epic day hiking Mt. Yale! I camped in my truck at the trailhead so I could get an early start as rain was in the…

DAY ONE – HIKE ONE

This was the perfect first hike and introduction to some elevation.  My adventure buddy and I flew out for a weeklong adventure and Bergen was…

2019 Hike-a-versary

Day one of my annual hike started with a 5am flight out of Boston, landing in CO, almost getting kicked off the commuter rail for…

Mount Sherman

This was one of the easiest 14’ers I have climbed. There were even some trail runners that utilize this trail too. There was a snow…

Mount Sherman

We were the first to the trailhead, however, not the first to start hiking. We were up in no time at all, not necessarily easy…

Horse shoe

Not sure we started at the right trailhead, we ended up going along the side of neighboring mountain where then we were able to see…

Mt Yale

1st time scrambled to summit. Definitely not for people who are afraid of heights. Look at so many peaks behind me! Lifes good!

SummitPost4

Great hike. Not crowded. No real snow except a few patches towards top. Amazing views! Wildflowers are out also. Dry, dusty, sandy hike with loose…

Mt. Sherman

Started at 5:45am. Hike up past the gate was steep as it starts right at 12k ft. But incline was not too bad as I…

Mount Yale

What a beautiful hike! Definitely challenging but I loved every minute of it!

Sunrise on Mt. Sherman

Set out at 3 a.m. from just behind the gate, and there were about 8-9 others on the trail. Mining roads crisscrossing the trail makes…

Rocky Mountain Peak

Rocky Mountain Peak was an interesting hike. Not really hard in terms of the trail itself, but it was hard to navigate. The trail is…

Rocky Mountain

We started a little late and had to walk from down town Manitou, hike did end up getting hot. Personally, I didn’t enjoy this hike,…

A real Scramble

We started in the dark, the first several river crossings were a little sketchy but doable. Once you reach the top the real fun begins!…

Bergen Peak Loop Bike Ride

Since this route showed up on MTB Project app I figured I would go ahead and take the opportunity to bike to one of the…

Two Timing Rocky Mountain Summit

Don’t be like us.   My husband and I climbed the manitou Incline on Tuesday.  When we finished hiking down, and got back to the hotel…

Beginners 101

Great beginners hike. The trail has a steady grade but never gets too steep. Lots of hikers/runners and mountain bikers so you need to be…

DAY TWO – HIKE TWO

We drove to the parking lot the night before and slept out in our camping van – thankfully – because this was THE place to…

Lost and wandering on Pikes Peak

Incline is always soul sucking but what a since if accomplishment when you hit the top! From there we headed up the hill as the…

SummitPost3

The snowstorm we got last week is still very much a part of Mt Sherman. Winds were insanely high, some snow up to my knee,…

#2 of 6 -Rocky Mountain

Beautiful weather. Beautiful views. Very tough incline! I did have trouble following the trail once I got to to the top of the incline. Lots…

Rocky Mountain Lost in Lightening

We left Fort Collins at 5am wanting to get an early start, but because of road construction, a coffee stop and waiting for a second…

Holy moly

Trail conditions were fine, lots of incoming traffic due to the incline people coming down. As we were heading up to rocky mountain, clouds were…

Bergen Peak Absolutely Amazing!

I hiked Bergen Peak for the first time this morning with my husband.  The weather was perfect! Although it was an average of 50°, It…

Peaceful bliss was well worth it

This was a gorgeous day. Cool, crisp air and mostly shaded under trees. Hiked hard and saw few others until late morning. Wifey and I…

First of six

Very scenic! A variety of rocks strewn everywhere, gnarled trees, a few very tough mountain bikers, interesting people out for a great day, even an…

Anniversary hike

Trail well marked. Good prep hike for ones to come. Great weather.

Bergen Peak

Beautiful partly sunny day, cool conditions.  Trail in great condition and easy to navigate.  Options for various distances when summiting.

Snowy Birthday Hike

Waking up to snow on the ground and 38 degrees didn’t necessarily motivate me for one of my favorite area hikes. But since I took…

For purple mountain majesties

VERY busy up the incline but absolutely no one on the remaining trail up to RM peak. Made the hike serene but also felt a…

Rocky Mountain

Going up the incline was a slog, and it was very crowded. The parking lot was full early, so I took the free shuttle and…

Pike’s Peak Plan B – Rocky Mtn

We originally planned to summit Pikes Peak, but the recent weather made the second half of our trip nearly impossible.  Our group went up Friday…

Experimental trail

Hiked the Bar Trail up to Bar camp for an overnight stay. The next day on the way back down we took the route to…

Bergen Peak

Snow at the top. Need gear to be safe.

Beautiful hike

It was cold starting out at 8am, but finished the trail in a T-shirt. The first half of the trail was clear, closer to the…

Rocky Mtn Peak… in May 2019

Did Rocky Mtn Peak… back in May. Sorry for the late post but man doesn’t this just make me want to go back to the…

Bergen

Nice hike to start the season.  On trail at 7 AM; little traffic but increased during descent mid morning.

Bergen

Nice hike to start the season.  Little traffic during ascent (left trailhead 7 AM) but more during mid morning descent.

Bergen Peak

Started early, one of the first out on the trail. Switchbacks make for very easy ascending. Small sections of snow pack near the top. Not…

Inclined to summit Rocky Mountain

Everyone should attempt the incline at least once – it sounds like a great idea before you start – but then the reality sets in. …

Bergen’s Peak

Beautiful day for a hike. Blue bird day. The trail was in great condition, easy to follow not too heavily trafficked, and was dry. A…

Bergen

Beautiful hike and not many people on the trail. Took Too Long Trail on the way back down, worth the extra distance to see some…

Pre-Beer Warmup

Weather was great, trail in good condition. Not a lot of traffic.

Bergen

Nice hike to start the season.  On the trail 7 AM with little traffic.  Noticeable increase on descent mid morning.

Incline

Lost count how many steps I stepped. Great test on ur legs strength. My legs didn’t become rubber after we returned back to the car.…

SummitPost2

This trail is very difficult and so rewarding. I highly recommend doing this if you are in great shape and if not, be prepared to…

Bergen Peak

Lots of snow! I used micro spikes.

Bergen Peak

Beautiful day for hiking Easy hiking Didn’t see any Elks there.

SummitPost

Great hike! It was a steady climb most of the way up but no really tough spots. I’d rate the hike as moderate. There was…

Winter WonderBergen

I ended up hiking an extra mile, but taking the scenic meadow view trail down, but it was we worth it. The show made music…

Avoiding Avalanches on Bergen Peak

The hike was fantastic. We started around 7am so there was a lot of ice, definitely needed microspikes. Very windy at the summit.

Battling Bergen and my Body….

Bright sunny day but windy around 30F. About 90% of the trail was snow-covered with patches of frozen snow. Yaktrax did fine but snow-pack always…

The Burden of Bergen

This hike was a swift kick in the ass. Snow covered the trail but nothing unmanageable with it without micro spikes. Great views at the…

Bergen Peak

Microspikes pretty much mandatory.

Bergen Peak

Hiked from Sleepy Trail to Elk Ridge, Meadow Trail to Bergen Peak Trail. Lots of traffic, especially coming down in the afternoon. This route starts…

Snowy trip up Bergen

Nice hike up Bergen Peak. Snowy most of the way which made for a little slipping- this would’ve been easier with some traction devices. Cloudy…

Second Chance Summit

We attempted to hike Birthday Peak several months ago and managed to follow the trail for Mount Harvard instead of the correct Kroenke Lake trail,…

The Lucky Horseshoe

The forecast for the day of the hike was “freezing fog and light snow, with 20+ mph winds”. The morning of I had fought with…

A Snowy Labor Day on Gray’s Peak.

We arrived at the trailhead around 4AM to avoid the Labor Day crowds, and there were only maybe 5-6 other cars that showed up this…

Six Pack Completed

I had been saving this peak for some friends visiting from Missouri; give them a chance to do a 14er. Ended up taking them 4…