Roach was right when he said this peak beckons you on for most of the approach. One of the best summit views I've seen. Mountains in every direction.
We climbed Uncompahgre in the morning, spent some time driving over the passes in the Lake City area, and then climbed Handies in the late afternoon once all the storms had cleared out. We had the entire mountain to ourselves throughout the hike. The scenery was stunning, and the weather was perfect...American Basin is one of those places that must be seen to be believed.
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.
Beautify hike up through the American Basin. Great views from the top. #34 for me.
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.
Very short & easy from American Basin 4wd parking.
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!
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.
Ran up this peak for an awesome view decened via American Basin
climbed from the grizzly gulch side. It was beautiful. I highly recommend this over the American Basin hike.
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!
Came up American Basin- beautiful and easy trail- good for lowlanders like me. The views from the top were amazing!
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.
climbed and skied with gahugafuga
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.
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
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.
very scenic, not very interesting climbing
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.
Wonderfully beautiful. About as easy as a 14'er can get. Trail run in a bit over an hour (if memory serves).