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Regional discussion and conditions reports for the U.S. Rocky Mountains. Please post partners requests and trip plans in the Colorado Climbing Partners section.

Driving to RMNP from the East

Headin' to RMNP in a few weeks and was curious which driving approach is easier right now due to road construction. Normally I come in from the north on 34 via Loveland, but was considering coming in from the south via 36. I talked to someone today that said there is a lot of construction on 36 that added a significant amount of time to his drive. I would be coming through this area very ...
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Gore Range trailhead on Willowbrook Rd, Silverthorne?

Is there a trail along Willow Creek from Willowbrook Rd in Silverthorne to the Gore Range Trail? Google Earth shows a parking lot at 717 Willowbrook Rd with 13 parking spaces, 60 feet from the National Forest boundary and 375 feet from where North, Middle, and South Willow Creek conjoin.


This is a mile from the Gore Range Trail. If there's a trail there it would save three miles of hiking from the Royal ...
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South Maroon / Longs ... any advice?

Hi everyone here

I'm visiting Aspen and Maroon Bells this august and now consider hiking atop the South Maroon Peak.
Not a super-experience climber here, would like to know how Sth Maroon it compares to Longs Peak that I climbed last summer (Keyhole route)

Any ideas on difficluty/exposure? I have a moderate fear of hights but overcame it on Longs (the Narrows).. Does Sth Maroon have more exposure?
Is it more technically demanding?

It it ...
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Weminuche Wilderness conditions

Thinking of a possible backpacking trip up in those parts over the 4th. Any recent info such as snow levels, snow conditions, creek crossings, etc. would be appreciated! Thanks! AD
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Andrew Hamilton is currently attempting a new 14er record.

Starting at 4:15AM on June 18th, Andrew Hamilton began his attempt to set a new record for summiting all 14ers in Colorado. In 1999 he set the record only to have it broken in 2001 by Teddy "Cave Dog" Keizer. His new attempt however is part of a larger attempt. To summit all 14ers in the continental U.S. including the 15 in California and Mt. Rainier in Washington in record time. As of this posting ...
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Climbing Mt Elbert

I'm doing Mt. Everest Base camp (Nepal) in November and as part of my training I wish to climb Mt. Elbert (since Mt. Whitney here in California requires a permit by lottery which is a huge hassle).. I have a couple of questions :)

- I want to do this trek on August 31st (Labor day weekend), I'm in Southern California but plan to fly into Denver ...
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Sangre conditions - Music Pass, Colony Lakes, Crestone Needl

Has anyone been into South Colony Lakes? Has anyone tried Crestone Needle? I have climbing friends coming into town June 21 and they want to do Crestone Needle. Is it significantly more difficult/dangerous with snow in the culoirs?

I went backpacking in from Music Pass on Saturday, 14 June. The road to the trailhead is open, just a little mud here and there. The snow on the trail gets annoying just upstream from the intersection ...
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Gore Range conditions

Does anyone have any update on Gore Range conditions? Specifically trail up to Willow Lake.

Thanks in advance.
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Flat tops vs HC Fools peak

Will be in central Colorado in mid-July and would like to do short (3 day/2 night) backpack into Flat Tops or nearby area. Would plan to backpack in to lake to set up camp first day, then day hike out of campsite 2nd day to a summit or other feature, return to campsite and hike out 3rd day (don't plan to move campsite). GOOD FISHING ALWAYS A PLUS.

Have looked at several Flat Tops trails--see ...
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SHELF ROAD - high clearance needed or not?

internet research for Shelf Road gave me conflicting info about what car is needed for this road - got anything from 4 wheel drive, high clearance 2WD to any normal car -

I drive a standard Toyota Corolla - do I have enough clearance for this road?

thank you
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