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thatnissanguySan Juan Backpacking  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2010


Done along with 5 other 14ers during a week long backpacking trip in the San Juans. Did the standard route. Beautiful hike!
Posted Dec 20, 2010 9:09 pm

seanoGrizzly Gulch  Sucess!


I've done it from American Basin, too. Fun quick hike.
Posted Dec 17, 2010 2:14 pm

rockymountaindivaBeautiful fall day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2003


Short-sleeved t-shirts on top - perfect day from Grizzly Gulch.
Posted Oct 11, 2010 1:00 am

eapikulaLate Afternoon Summit on Beautiful Sunday September 19th 2010  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2010


Wanted to tackle a 14er for the weekend, decided Handies was close and accessible. No snow or inclement weather, no wind, temps in the sixties+. When NOAA idnicates weather like this - don't feel discouraged about late starts. Started at 12:45 or thereabouts, summited about 3:30PM, back at Jeep @ 5:15PM. What took me 1.5 hours from lake fork area only took me 30 minutes back, was back at American Basin Parking area in about 1hr and 15 minutes. If you haven't traveled Alpine Loop before from Silverton, do be prepared with a high clearance 4X4 vehicle with skid plates + AT tires! I've taken my Grand Cherokee and Commander thru this area, no problems but if you don't have skid plates and AT tires you risk sidewall punctures and oil pan punctures. Info online is lacking coming from Silverton - my simple notes is 5.9 miles from Animas Forks, basicly up over the pass and down and right at botton of Cinnamon Pass is the turn to American Basin and the trail head.
Posted Sep 24, 2010 2:37 am

Sarah SimonVia American Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2010

Sarah Simon

In Colorado, September can be summer, September can be winter, and...if we're lucky...September just acts like September. Warm, crisp, clear, sunny days...not too hot, not too cold. No snow, no thunderstorms. We slept until 7:30 AM, ate a big b'fast, left the Bed & Breakfast at 10:00 and didn't reach the trailhead 'til 11:00. I love this time of year...when it behaves like September.
Posted Sep 19, 2010 11:06 pm

Brad SniderSunrise!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2010

Brad Snider

Enjoyed watching the sunrise from Handies summit to end my 2010 trip to Colorado. Hiked in from American Basin.
Posted Aug 29, 2010 8:43 pm

Vagabond ManifestoGrizzly Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2010

Vagabond Manifesto

Beautiful approach. The summit lived up to its reputation--amazing!
Posted Aug 26, 2010 4:32 pm

dakotaconcreteSultry  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2010


With Arien, Tom and Ben, we topped out from grizzly gulch trailhead. Nice approach made for a great advance with a summit finish that leaves you elevated for days afterward.
Posted Aug 8, 2010 12:33 pm

Brian CSunrise  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2010

Brian C

Headed up early in time for sunrise from Grizzly Gulch. A bit of a long time in the dark but made for a great day!
Posted Jul 28, 2010 7:24 pm

pacojgarzaNice hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2010


This was the last peak in the area after climbing Uncompahgre/Wetterhorn and Redcloud/Sunshine the previous two days. It was a perfect day for climbing, sunny skies and no wind going up the normal route in 3 hours. I had the summit to myself the whole 30 minutes I was there. This one has the best views of the 5 local 14ers. Made it down in 1:10.
Posted Jul 28, 2010 12:18 pm

belexesGrizzly Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2010


Meetup.com Fierce Planet hike. We climbed Uncompahgre the day before, then camped at Grizzly Gulch. This one was a lot tougher, but the weather was almost perfect, and the views are even better than Uncompahgre. The views of Uncompahgre and The Wetterhorn are amazing! We had planned to continue along the ridge and knock off a few unnamed 13ers, but it looked a little dodgy, so we returned the way we came. The next day, we would finish off the weekend by climbing Redcloud & Sunshine.
Posted Jul 6, 2010 2:48 pm

skorpeoWorld Cup Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2010


I watched the US beat Algeria and then drove to American Basin. My noon start was the latest on any 14er. Absolutely no clouds at ALL. Two hours up.
Gorgeous views.
Posted Jun 26, 2010 10:55 pm

theREALCarpeDMBeautiful hike!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2008


One of - if not the - most beautiful 14er hike (from Silver Creek/Grizzly Gulch).
Posted Apr 8, 2010 6:58 pm

Misagreat day


with my mom and our dog.
Posted Feb 24, 2010 5:50 pm

bryangastAn early summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 1992


Lots of wild flowers.
Posted Jan 7, 2010 10:03 am

Darren9Wilderness Pursuits  Sucess!


My first time guiding a group in the mountains...a great trail and a great day.
Posted Nov 7, 2009 12:16 am

odysseusNice Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2007


Climbed from American Basin with Mountain Girl. Great views!
Posted Oct 18, 2009 12:12 pm

JustinShapiroClimbed from Grouse Gultch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2009


Since we were camped by Animas Forks we decided to add another 3 miles to the hike up this mountain by taking the Grouse Gultch Trailhead. That was a mistake. Once you go up to the ridge at 13,090 you had to drop about 1000 feet into American Basin, then summit. Only take this route if your backpacking.
Posted Sep 13, 2009 4:25 pm

TahawusHandies Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2009


Climbed via the American Basin Route from the Lake San Cristobal Road. The flowers in the American Basin were astounding this time of year. The trail was in great shape although loose gravel made the final ascent to the summit a little more difficult. A great introductory hike to the San Juans.
Posted Jul 25, 2009 4:56 pm

Liba Kopeckovafrom American Basin  Sucess!

Liba Kopeckova

nice hike with my son, great fourteener for families with children.
Posted Jul 8, 2009 4:45 am

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