COLORADO ROCKIES SIX-PACK OF PEAKS CHALLENGE™
OVERVIEW MAP OF THE COLORADO ROCKIES SIX-PACK OF PEAKS
THE PEAKS IN THE COLORADO ROCKIES SIX-PACK
BERGEN PEAK - Elevation 9,708' (2,959 m)
This forested peak in the Jefferson County Open Space is a short 30-minute drive from Denver. The out-and-back route comes in just under 10 miles, and climbs 1,890'.
Original Six-Pack route: Bergen Peak via Elk Meadow Park
ROCKY MOUNTAIN - Elevation 9,250' (2,819 m)
Yes, there is an actual "Rocky Mountain." It rises above the more famous Manitou Incline and the Barr Trail, both of which are great options for a loop hike up this peak near Colorado Springs.
Original Six-Pack route: Rocky Mountain via the Manitou Incline
BIRTHDAY PEAK - Elevation 12,730' (3,880 m)
One of the less-visited peaks in the Collegiate Wilderness, Birthday Peak requires some additional navigation and scrambling skills. And you'll straddle the Continental Divide.
Original Six-Pack route: Birthday Peak in the Collegiate Wilderness
HORSESHOE MOUNTAIN - Elevation 13,898' (4,236 m)
Horseshoe Mountain scrapes the clouds at 13,898′ – just shy of being a 14er. Even so, the glacier carved cirque remains one of Colorado’s 100 tallest mountains, and the views are coveted by peak baggers. Just west of Fairplay, Horseshoe Mountain straddles Park and Lake County and is dotted with abandoned mines. Epic views, fascinating geology, and a rich mining history make this uncrowded hike a gem.
Original Six-Pack route: Horseshoe Mountain from Fourmile Road
MOUNT SHERMAN - Elevation 14,035' (4,278 m)
New for 2018, Mount Sherman is the perfect 14er for starting out. No technical climbing (unless you go in the springtime snow) and unlike many of the other 14ers, much less crowded. And it's very near Horseshoe Mountain.
Six-Pack route: Mount Sherman via Fourmile Road
GRAYS PEAK - Elevation 14,270' (4,350 m)
Grays Peak is one of only two fourteeners that actually sits on the Continental Divide. The ninth-highest mountain in Colorado has a well-defined trail to the summit and its proximity to the slightly lower Torreys Peak (14,267′) make this a popular mountain destination.
Original Six-Pack route: Grays Peak Route Description
Peak Horseshoe Mountain Group Trailhead Silver Horse Dr The brisk air helped keep me moving a very good speed. I arrived at 8 in the morning and the entire trip took roughly 5 hours to complete. Not very many people crossed my path and I'm very glad that I completed it before snow fall! […]
Peak Rocky Mountain Group Trailhead The Incline This hike was actually a last minute decision! I pulled into the parking lot rough at 10;30 and started the ascent. It took me about an hour and a half to get to the top of the Manitou Incline. After that was another 500 elevation increase to […]
Peak Mount Bierstadt Group Stone Trailhead Guanella Pass Trailhead My brother and I arrived at the trailhead a little before 8 that morning. There were plenty of cars filling up the parking lot so we decided to try to get a head start from as many of them as possible. The air was cool and […]
Peak Grays Peak Group With Mike Off the Map Trailhead Grays Peak For my sixth peak in six days, I bagged my first 14er of the trip. And I was fortunate to have my friend Mike Restivo of Mike Off the Map join me. I hadn't met Mike before, but I've known him online for […]
Peak Mount Bierstadt Group Trailhead French Gulch Full disclosure: I did not hike up Mount Bierstadt. I hiked up something harder; Mount Guyot. This peak is just east of Breckenridge, and it was originally supposed to be one of the six peaks in the challenge. After I hiked it, we decided it would be […]
Peak Horseshoe Mountain Group Trailhead Leavick This was a solitary venture up an windswept land. The trail was entirely above the tree line, and the glacier-carved cirque that forms the namesake feature of the mountain was pocked with the remains of old mining operations. There are many “trails” that wind up towards the peak. […]
Peak Birthday Peak Group Trailhead Kroenke Lake Trailhead My third peak in three days. This trail started way back on the Kroenke Lake Trail, then split off with some off trail navigation up towards the peak. It was pretty easily followed with a map (and I had GaiaGPS with offline maps, too). There was […]
Peak Rocky Mountain Group Trailhead Manitou Incline This was my second hike in a row. I spent the night before in Colorado Springs, then drove to the trailhead. Parking here is expensive, so I drove back into town for cheaper parking and hoofed it up to the trailhead (about 1/2 mile). There are two […]
Peak Bergen Peak Group Trailhead Elk Meadow Perfect weather for kicking off my Colorado Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge. I was joined by Bryan Martin, Executive Director of Big City Mountaineers — an awesome non-profit organization that we help support through the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge. We met at the Elk Meadow Trailhead off Stagecoach […]