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kylerlottGrizzly Gulch TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007


I highly recommend this route over the American Basin, just a little bit longer and more elevation gain, but way less people. We saw one group of three hikers the entire day! I still can't believe how late some people start up 14ers, especially when black clouds are looming in the distance and they still push on thinking they will make it in time. Then BOOM! Here they come running back down the mtn. I am surprised we don't hear about more accidents in the mtns.
Posted Aug 21, 2007 4:10 pm

jhansen007Grizzly Gulch TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2007


Beautify hike up through the American Basin. Great views from the top. #34 for me.
Posted Aug 19, 2007 2:19 pm

ouray19Handies Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2003


Handies was my first 14'er. I did it again this year (2007) to see how far I had progressed! Beautiful views from the summit.
Posted Aug 18, 2007 7:55 pm

The OgreAwesome hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2007

The Ogre

Very short & easy from American Basin 4wd parking.
Posted Aug 11, 2007 2:19 pm

rdmcAmerican Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2007


Nell was home from NC and wanted to do a hike, so we camped out just below the trailhead. Couldn't have asked for a more gorgeous day! The wildflowers are probably the best I've ever seen. Could have spent hours just taking flower pictures...
(I think I probably doubled our hiking time....click...there's another gorgeous shot) but my kids were very patient! :o)

Great day, and wonderful family time!
Posted Aug 8, 2007 4:21 pm

slowbutsteadyNo Grizzlies Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2000


Saw no bears, grizzlies or otherwise in a beautiful hike via Grizzly Gulch to summit of Handies. Only a few other climbers this day. 7:30am to top at 11:30am. Probably my favorite 14ner mountain and approach with the peak right in your face for most of the climb. Lots of photo ops.
Posted Jul 29, 2007 5:08 pm

XC ChampRoute Climbed: Gruzzley Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2003
Ran up this peak for an awesome view decened via American Basin
Posted Jul 27, 2007 2:18 pm

Scott Rogersgreat view  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2007

Scott Rogers

climbed from the grizzly gulch side. It was beautiful. I highly recommend this over the American Basin hike.
Posted Jul 11, 2007 10:02 pm

bjd5578The best 14er view I've seen  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2007


All I have to say is wow! Hiked from the American Basin and loved every second of it - just fantastic views in all directions for the entire hike!
Posted Jul 8, 2007 10:55 pm

BassoonFirst 14er!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2007


Came up American Basin- beautiful and easy trail- good for lowlanders like me. The views from the top were amazing!
Posted Jul 3, 2007 2:19 pm

KieferAmerican basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2007


Second trip to the summit. Traversed over from American on decent snow. Great morning and great weather. The views from Handies' summit are definately some of the best.
Posted Jun 6, 2007 7:58 pm

crzyjtWest Face Ski  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2007


climbed and skied with gahugafuga
Posted May 31, 2007 5:06 pm

GahugafugaWest Face Ski  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2007


Skinned to 12000' in American Basin, then kick-stepped up the west face on decent snow. Skied from the summit via the ascent route. On the way up, dropped my climbing helmet and watched it careen off a cliff and slide into the basin 1000' below. Miraculously found it with hardly a scratch on my way out.
Posted May 29, 2007 3:56 pm

Anya JingleVia American Basin and Southwest Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2006

Anya Jingle

The drive to the trailhead is as scenic as the hike itself. This was our 13th Fourteener in Colorado Rockies, but everything went well.
The slideshow from our adventure is here: Handies Peak hike
Posted Jan 13, 2007 10:48 pm

eferesenHandies  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2006


Started hiking around 11k. Went over a 13k pass descended down and then up Handies trail. It was a fun hike. Nothing compared to mount Whitney. Cloudy all day. Saw an 82 yr old about 30 meters from the summit. I wish I can do that when I am 80.
Posted Dec 29, 2006 8:58 pm

boisedocpretty area  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 1995


very scenic, not very interesting climbing
Posted Dec 17, 2006 5:05 pm

chicagotransplantGrizzly Gulch - NE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2006


Hiked up the basin with shanahan96, he then headed over to Whitecross while I went up Handies. Stayed on or near the ridge crest from the Whitecross saddle, some interesting scrambling here. In combination with the knee deep snow some parts were very interesting. I descended the standard route which went really fast in the snow but would have been a real slog going up.
Posted Oct 9, 2006 2:28 pm

ChuckOAmerican Basin  Sucess!


Wonderfully beautiful. About as easy as a 14'er can get. Trail run in a bit over an hour (if memory serves).
Posted Oct 3, 2006 6:40 pm

AsphazellGrizzly Gulch - Handies & 13,795  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2006


Beautiful mountain, great scenery, and got a Bi-Centennial as well! Definitely a good work out tagging UN 13,795 as well!
Posted Sep 30, 2006 10:02 pm

altitude14erRoute Climbed: Grizzly Gulch TH - Handies & UN13795ft.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2006


An easy 14er but things got gruelling on the way over to Point 13,795ft. Don't attempt both peaks on a single outing unless your seeking a great workout. It's a pretty LOOOng saddle! We were able to drive to the TH without any snow drifts blocking the way.
Posted Sep 30, 2006 7:00 pm

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