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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First on the list/Last one to complete.

As mentioned in the title, first on the list but last one completed. Bergen Peak is tucked away in the hills just west of Denver…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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HORSESHOE Mtn

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

Epic Mt Yale hike with a Colorado native Beer at the top!  Weather was cooperative all day long
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Mount Sherman via Horseshoe Mountain

So, I hope this hike counts since I took a slightly different route to summit. On this day, I went for the summits of both…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Mt Yale in Prep for Pikes Peak Marathon

Wanted to get in a nice hike up Mt. Yale in prep for the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon. Not only is Mt. Yale a…
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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…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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!
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Mount Yale

What a beautiful hike! Definitely challenging but I loved every minute of it!
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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Didn't know this challenge existed until a few days ago. Rocky Mountain bagged.

As mentioned in the title, I didn't know this challenge existed until a few days ago. I frequent Barr Trail and the Incline and recently…
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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!…
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Adding some extra miles trying to find Rocky Mountain (Trail notes)

Did anyone else have a difficult time finding this trail? Thankful I ran into someone that knew their way around up there because AllTrails map…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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#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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Anniversary hike

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

Beautiful partly sunny day, cool conditions.  Trail in great condition and easy to navigate.  Options for various distances when summiting.
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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If lightning strikes me just leave me….

Man… we struggled with this hike. It was more like 12 miles from this trailhead. Great views and lovely trail but so difficult if you’re…
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Bergen Peak

Snow at the top. Need gear to be safe.
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Bergen Peak – Peak #1 of the Colorado Rockies Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

Some snow most of it towards the last final 200 ft of elevation
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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…
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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…
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Pre-Beer Warmup

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

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

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

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

Lots of snow! I used micro spikes.
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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…
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Bergen Peak

Beautiful day for hiking Easy hiking Didn’t see any Elks there.
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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…
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Winter wonderland on Rocky Mountain Peak!

We drove down to Manitou Springs, parked at the free parking lot and took the shuttle to the Manitou Incline. The Manitou Incline was in…
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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.
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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…
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Bergen Peak

Microspikes pretty much mandatory.
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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Birthday Peak!!! 3rd Time’s a Charm

3rd 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…
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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…
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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…
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It Rained On My Birthday

Started 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.…
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Gray Day on Grays Peak

Started 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…
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The Summit is Worth the Struggle

While 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…
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Horseshoe Mountain Hike

Got 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…
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Bergen Peak Hike

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,…
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Hot Road to Rocky Top

Very hot out, which was the worst part. 38 minutes to finish the Incline, plus another 25 taking it slower to the summit. Great views…
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1st 14teener

For my first 14teener It was great now I’m hooked and want to do all of them
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Bergen Peak

Hot. It was really hot. Even with an early start, it was still hot. Despite the heat, the trail was nice, well maintained and not…
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Crazy Stairs Manitou Incline Rocky Mountain Peak

I previously attempted the incline and stopped at 70%. Can not begin to express the feelings from reaching the top. It took me 2 hours…
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4 Miles Uphill

I went into this hike pretty ready to wreck it. I had done several long hikes and 6 14ers the week of the 4th of…
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Strenuous 9708 Baergen

Amazed myself by not giving up and made it to the peak on a beautiful clear day! Strenuous described it well. My concerns about achieving…
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Birthday Peak for My Birthday Month! 🙂

The third day of our hiking exploits took us up to Birthday Peak. We drove the dirt road trail up to the trailhead after taking…
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HOGO (Hike One, Get One) – 2nd Time's The Charm

The beginning of the hike until about 2 – 2.5 miles in is pretty easy. Once you pass the rocky area and the Torreys trail…
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Wanted some Bergen to celebrate the 4th of July!

We enjoyed the fireworks show in Downtown Denver which occurred on 3 July 2018 for some reason. We stayed up late so we decided to…
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1st Hike in the Colorado Rockies Should be Rocky Mountain

My girlfriend and I had a week to hike in Colorado so we decided to see how many summits of the six pack of peaks…
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Good Old Grays Peak

One of the best days I ever felt for hiking. Was told that was going to be thunder storms at 10am but nothing but blue…
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Beautiful Bergen

Probably the best hike to begin with for the challenge. I was worried about storms but it was just cloud cover the whole time. You…
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Mt. Sherman, The “easy” 14er

New 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.…
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Cool Looking Horseshoe

Driving up the 603 road there is a big snow patch a half mile up so you need to find somewhere to park before it.…
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Rocky Mountain High

Nice 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…
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That was some Bergen!

Parking was easy to find! Bathroom right before the trek! Started at Elk Meadow Park Trail head straight from the parking lot. And about a…
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Stairway to Rocky Mountain Heaven

A couple of years ago, while I was living in Los Angeles, a dear friend recommended that we go climb the Culver City Stairs. I…
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Do you know where the summit sign is!?!??!

The weather was perfect but the views were hazy. The hike overall was not as intensive as I thought it would be, although it did…
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Rocky Mountain via Manitou Incline

The incline had some ice and slush but very manageable. Weather was beautiful at 6am. Cold but as soon as the sun came up it…
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The Lucky Shoe

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…
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An extra 500!

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…
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Gypsy Heart to Blame

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…
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Grays Peak

Mike Off the Map and 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…
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The Six-Pack Reject Peak

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…
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Horseshoe Mountain

Windy Day on Horseshoe Mountain

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…
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Birthday Peak

Snow and Scramble up Birthday Peak

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…
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View from Rocky Mountain

Straight Up, Then Up Some More

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,…
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Bergen Peak view

Bergen Peak with Bryan Martin of BCM

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…
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