Hike Logs: 2018 Colorado Rockies Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

Are you taking the Colorado Rockies Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge? Here you can see all the hikes logged in our 2018 challenge, with the most recent at the top. If you want to view logged hikes for just one of the peaks, click the mountain name. Click on a hike log to see all the details, more photos and leave comments for the challengers.

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Winter WonderBergen

Peak Summited2019 Bergen PeakType of HikeDay hikeTrailheadLewis Ridge TrailheadEncounteredFall foliageRoad ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehiclesBug StatusNo bugsSnow ConditionsTrail snow-covered at times - Gear and expertise recommendedTrail ConditionsTrail in good conditionI ended up hiking an extra mile, but taking the scenic meadow view trail down, but it was we worth it. The show made music as […]
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Winter wonderland on Rocky Mountain Peak!

Peak Summited2019 Rocky MountainType of HikeDay hikeTrailheadManitou InclineHiking CompanionsHiked with children (12 & under)Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehiclesBug StatusNo bugsSnow ConditionsTrail snow-covered at times - Gear and expertise recommendedTrail ConditionsMinor obstacles posing few problemsWe drove down to Manitou Springs, parked at the free parking lot and took the shuttle to the Manitou Incline. The […]
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Avoiding Avalanches on Bergen Peak

Peak Summited2019 Bergen PeakType of HikeDay hikeTrailheadElk MeadowRoad ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehiclesBug StatusNo bugsSnow ConditionsTrail snow-covered at times - Gear and expertise recommendedTrail ConditionsTrail in good conditionThe hike was fantastic. We started around 7am so there was a lot of ice, definitely needed microspikes. Very windy at the summit. Users who liked this:
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Battling Bergen and my Body….

Peak Summited2019 Bergen PeakType of HikeDay hikeTrailheadStagecoachRoad ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehiclesBug StatusNo bugsSnow ConditionsTrail snow-covered at times - Gear and expertise recommendedTrail ConditionsTrail in good conditionBright 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 slows the pace. Struggled […]
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Bergen Peak

Peak Summited2019 Bergen PeakType of HikeDay hikeTrailheadElk Meadow Park TrailheadRoad ConditionsSnow and ice on roadBug StatusNo bugsSnow ConditionsTrail snow-covered at times - Gear and expertise recommendedTrail ConditionsTrail in good conditionMicrospikes pretty much mandatory.
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Bergen Peak

Peak Summited2019 Bergen PeakType of HikeDay hikeTrailheadSleepy TrailHiking CompanionsHiked with a dogRoad ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehiclesBug StatusNo bugsSnow ConditionsIntermittent snow - not hard to crossTrail ConditionsTrail in good conditionHiked from Sleepy Trail to Elk Ridge, Meadow Trail to Bergen Peak Trail. Lots of traffic, especially coming down in the afternoon. This route starts in […]
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Snowy trip up Bergen

Peak Summited2019 Bergen PeakType of HikeDay hikeTrailheadElk MeadowHiking CompanionsHiked with a groupRoad ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehiclesBug StatusNo bugsSnow ConditionsIntermittent snow - not hard to crossTrail ConditionsTrail in good conditionNice 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 day, […]
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Second Chance Summit

Peak SummitedBirthday PeakTrailheadNorth Cottonwood Creek TrailheadWe attempted to hike Birthday Peak several months ago and managed to follow the trail for Mount Harvard instead of the correct Kroenke Lake trail, so coming back to this peak was definitely not something I was looking forward to (especially so late in the season). We started the trail […]
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The Lucky Horseshoe

Peak SummitedHorseshoe MountainTrailheadSilver Horseshoe RoadThe forecast for the day of the hike was “freezing fog and light snow, with 20+ mph winds”. The morning of I had fought with myself as to whether I was going to attempt this solo or try again on a better day. Since it's the beginning of October, I decided […]
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Birthday Peak!!! 3rd Time’s a Charm

Peak SummitedBirthday PeakTrailheadNorth Cottonwood Creek Trailhead3rd time's a charm… The first time I hiked Birthday, it the final peak to finish when I tried to do all 6 peaks for this challenge in a week back in June. I felt successful as I was walked back to North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead but later that evening […]
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A Snowy Labor Day on Gray's Peak.

Peak SummitedGrays PeakTrailheadStevens Gulch TrailheadWe 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 early. It was COLD (like 30 degrees and windy cold) and began to snow several times while climbing to the summit. After summiting Mt Sherman (and […]
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Six Pack Completed

Peak SummitedMount ShermanTrailheadMt ShermanI had been saving this peak for some friends visiting from Missouri; give them a chance to do a 14er. Ended up taking them 4 hours to summit, then 2 to get back to the car. Definitely a much longer day than it should have been, but happy to experience it with […]
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It Rained On My Birthday

Peak SummitedBirthday PeakTrailheadCottonwood CreekStarted at 6:10am, summited at 7:55 for an accent time of 1 hour, 45 minutes. It rained about half the time on the way up. There was a lot of improvising the path up and back once it leaves the Kroenke Lake Trail.
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Gray Day on Grays Peak

Peak SummitedGrays PeakTrailheadGrays Peak TrailheadStarted at 5:30am with a friend and her dog, we had planned on doing Torreys as well. By the time we made it to the top at 7:45, temperatures were freezing, there were big gusts of wind and clouds had limited visibility to 20 yards or so. My hiking partner was […]
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The Summit is Worth the Struggle

Peak SummitedMount ShermanTrailheadFourmile Creek TrailheadWhile I intended to do the peaks in order, a major wrong-turn in the Collegiate Wilderness thwarted my ascent of Birthday Peak. Not wanting to wait to drive all the way out to Buena Vista again, I decided to take on Mt Sherman. With this, I bagged my first 14'er and […]
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Horseshoe Mountain Hike

Peak SummitedHorseshoe MountainTrailheadThe main oneGot bored today and decided to knock this one out. Got to the trail at 3:30pm and started a little bit above the lowest parking area. There were so many paths to the top, I ended up doing some hybrid that was very steep and strenuous, but I made it. Took […]
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Bergen Peak Hike

Peak SummitedBergen PeakTrailheadElk Meadow Trailhead (the parking lot)From car to summit took just under 85 minutes to walk. Nice views at the outcrop near the top, though shrouded by fog (or smoke, I never know anymore). Only other person on the trail was a runner.
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Hot Road to Rocky Top

Peak SummitedRocky MountainTrailheadManitou InclineVery hot out, which was the worst part. 38 minutes to finish the Incline, plus another 25 taking it slower to the summit. Great views in every direction. Users who liked this:
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1st 14teener

Peak SummitedRocky MountainTrailheadManitou Springs incline (Barr Trail)For my first 14teener It was great now I’m hooked and want to do all of them
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Bergen Peak

Peak SummitedBergen PeakTrailheadElk Meadow TrailheadHot. It was really hot. Even with an early start, it was still hot. Despite the heat, the trail was nice, well maintained and not that busy, which makes for a change. I would probably hike it again, but not in July or August.
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Crazy Stairs Manitou Incline Rocky Mountain Peak

Peak SummitedRocky MountainTrailheadManitou Incline baseGroupTheresa, Chris and CarolI previously attempted the incline and stopped at 70%. Can not begin to express the feelings from reaching the top. It took me 2 hours to meet up with my group and they even came down 20 steps to join me in reaching the top of the steps. […]
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4 Miles Uphill

Peak SummitedBergen PeakTrailheadElk Meadow TrailheadI went into this hike pretty ready to wreck it. I had done several long hikes and 6 14ers the week of the 4th of July so I figured this would be a breeze. I was wrong. It's about 4.5 miles of consistently uphill hiking. No one part was particularly difficult […]
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Strenuous 9708 Baergen

Peak SummitedBergen PeakTrailheadElk MeadowGroupChris & CarolAmazed myself by not giving up and made it to the peak on a beautiful clear day! Strenuous described it well. My concerns about achieving things were filled with doubt. And yet I continued and achieved even more.
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Birthday Peak for My Birthday Month! 🙂

Peak SummitedBirthday PeakTrailheadCollegiate WildernessThe third day of our hiking exploits took us up to Birthday Peak. We drove the dirt road trail up to the trailhead after taking the long drive from Denver, CO. Some fires had closed the road in that direction so we were detoured which made the trip even longer. The forecasts […]
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HOGO (Hike One, Get One) – 2nd Time's The Charm

Peak SummitedGrays PeakTrailheadGrays Peak TrailheadThe beginning of the hike until about 2 – 2.5 miles in is pretty easy. Once you pass the rocky area and the Torreys trail split, the summit of Grays is deceptively far. It looks like there are only a handful of switchbacks but in reality there are ton. Trails were […]
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Wanted some Bergen to celebrate the 4th of July!

Peak SummitedBergen PeakTrailheadElk Meadow ParkWe enjoyed the fireworks show in Downtown Denver which occurred on 3 July 2018 for some reason. We stayed up late so we decided to go with the easier hike that was close to downtown Denver. We started relatively early and got to the empty trailhead. It was another beautiful day […]
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1st Hike in the Colorado Rockies Should be Rocky Mountain

Peak SummitedRocky MountainTrailheadManitou Incline StepsMy girlfriend and I had a week to hike in Colorado so we decided to see how many summits of the six pack of peaks Colorado we could do. We had previously done the Southern California six pack of peaks for 2017 together. I had completed it in 2016 and 2017 […]
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Good Old Grays Peak

Peak SummitedGrays PeakTrailheadGrays PeakOne of the best days I ever felt for hiking. Was told that was going to be thunder storms at 10am but nothing but blue skies. I hate how weather reports do get it wrong a lot but still it’s always good to be prepared. I would say if you’re limited on […]
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Beautiful Bergen

Peak SummitedBergen PeakTrailheadElk Meadow ParkProbably the best hike to begin with for the challenge. I was worried about storms but it was just cloud cover the whole time. You are in tree line practically the whole way which really does add beauty to the hike. The town of Evergreen is a pretty cool place to […]
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Mt. Sherman, The “easy” 14er

Peak SummitedMount ShermanTrailheadMt. ShermanNew 14er to add to the books. They say it’s the easiest but no 14er is easy. Great road trail most of the way up. Make sure to not accidentally go too far left going up Mt. Sheridan or just hike that one too with Sherman! Users who liked this:
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Cool Looking Horseshoe

Peak SummitedHorseshoe MountainTrailhead0.25 mile up from Fourmile RoadDriving up the 603 road there is a big snow patch a half mile up so you need to find somewhere to park before it. It’s real easy linking up to the trail from many spots. No snow on the trail the whole way up. Just be prepared […]
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Rocky Mountain High

Peak SummitedRocky MountainTrailheadThe InclineNice hot Saturday! If you’re looking to do a hike with a bunch of other people around you, going up the incline you’ll get just that. Proceeding up to Rocky Mountain, you’ll be lucky to see 1 other person. Make sure to study or have the photos on your phone on which […]
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That was some Bergen!

Peak SummitedBergen PeakTrailheadElk Meadow Park TrailheadParking was easy to find! Bathroom right before the trek! Started at Elk Meadow Park Trail head straight from the parking lot. And about a quarter-mile in I headed up Meadow view Trail. The whole hike had a clearly marked trail you don’t have to guess where you’re going. All […]
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Stairway to Rocky Mountain Heaven

Peak SummitedRocky MountainTrailheadManitou Incline / Barr TrailA couple of years ago, while I was living in Los Angeles, a dear friend recommended that we go climb the Culver City Stairs. I agreed, halfheartedly, only to chicken out and instead walk the trail that winds around the stairs. Those 282 seemingly impossible stairs were the first […]
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Do you know where the summit sign is!?!??!

Peak SummitedBergen PeakTrailheadMeadow Park TrailThe weather was perfect but the views were hazy. The hike overall was not as intensive as I thought it would be, although it did take us about 15 minutes to find where the summit sign was. Users who liked this:
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Rocky Mountain via Manitou Incline

Peak SummitedRocky MountainTrailheadManitou InclineThe incline had some ice and slush but very manageable. Weather was beautiful at 6am. Cold but as soon as the sun came up it was quite warm. The I clone is rather strenuous but worth it at the top. The trail to the summit was a little miss leading on the […]
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The Lucky Shoe

Peak SummitedHorseshoe MountainTrailheadSilver Horse DrThe 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! Definitely would recommend not going […]
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An extra 500!

Peak SummitedRocky MountainTrailheadThe InclineThis 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 get above the tree line […]
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Gypsy Heart to Blame

Peak SummitedMount BierstadtTrailheadGuanella Pass TrailheadGroupStoneMy 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 crisp but the sun warmed […]
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Grays Peak

Mike Off the Map and Grays Peak

Peak SummitedGrays PeakTrailheadGrays PeakGroupWith Mike Off the MapFor 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 years via Facebook and Twitter. […]
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The Six-Pack Reject Peak

Peak SummitedMount BierstadtTrailheadFrench GulchFull 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 a bit too technical for […]
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Horseshoe Mountain

Windy Day on Horseshoe Mountain

Peak SummitedHorseshoe MountainTrailheadLeavickThis 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. I found chose the routes […]
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Birthday Peak

Snow and Scramble up Birthday Peak

Peak SummitedBirthday PeakTrailheadKroenke Lake TrailheadMy 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 some snow, but nothing that […]
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View from Rocky Mountain

Straight Up, Then Up Some More

Peak SummitedRocky MountainTrailheadManitou InclineThis 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 routes up Rocky Mountain, and […]
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Bergen Peak view

Bergen Peak with Bryan Martin of BCM

Peak SummitedBergen PeakTrailheadElk MeadowPerfect 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 Blvd. Denver was having a […]
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