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Breckenridge Mountain Explorer

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Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Colorado Rockies on an 8-hour tour to Breckenridge. All-inclusive transportation from your Denver's Union Station enables you to skip the hassle of navigating mountain roads and enjoy the stunning natural scenery. After a visit to Red Rocks Amphitheater and a coffee break in a mining town, enjoy three hours of free time in Breckenridge. You can shop, sled, hike, ride the gondola, and more.
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Ray D wrote a review Aug 2020
Michigan98 contributions29 helpful votes
Hearing summer weekend crowds form a conga line up the mountain, we planned a Tuesday hike. Arriving at the parking lot just before 6am, several cars were there and a few arrived as we put on our gear. Toilets at the trailhead. People were well dispersed on the trail, maybe saw 100 people through the day. The summit was lightly populated with proud and happy hikers, enjoying their celebratory snacks and drinks. Trail is extremely well maintained, e.g., shrubs cut back and steps made from rocks in many places. At ages 65 and 66, we were definitely the elderly demographic, but it can be done! We’ve lifted weights for 2+ years and walk 3-5 miles a few times a week, so we were in shape. But our hometown is at 600 feet elevation, so hiking at 11-14000 feet was VERY difficult. That, and my wife wears a major knee brace for arthritis. Good hiking boots and poles a must. High stepping up and down through the middle and upper sections needs poles to lessen the stress on knees. Last section to the peak is sometimes hands and feet climbing boulders, but the boulders are stable and provide solid footing. Recommend closely following the several cairns in this last section, as making your own trail becomes extremely difficult, frustrating and treacherous. Weather was perfect and winds were light. We saw bighorn sheep, mule deer, marmots, pika and snow quail. Hikers were supportive and enthusiastic about this day God had delivered to us all. So grateful we safely completed this hike.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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ksmom2Kansas wrote a review Aug 2020
Kansas88 contributions62 helpful votes
This hike is one of Colorado's 14ers, about 14,060 feet. We hiked it in early August, and it was my first 14er. Easy drive to the trailhead. There are two large parking lots, so if the first one you get to is full, just drive a little further down the road (1/4 mile), and you will see another large lot. Both parking lots have restrooms. People also park along the road between the two lots. Wear good hiking boots, bring plenty of snacks or sandwiches, and lots of water. I suggest trekking poles as well. Beautiful views. The trail was extremely easy to follow. Start early! We started at 5:00 am. Only the first mile of this is an easy trail. Then it gets continuously steeper and more rocky. Not easy, and not for children under 8 or 10. We saw very few kids on the trail. According to my Apple Watch, it was 8.5 miles round-trip. Recommended if you are looking for a challenge.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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ColoradoBen1 wrote a review Feb 2020
Denver, Colorado265 contributions106 helpful votes
Mount Bierstadt! It’s one of the closest 14-ers to Denver and pavement to the trailhead. What’s not to love? The locals will tell you: crowds. The summer crowds on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays can look like a conga line. It’s a summit to be avoided — unless you really like people watching in the high country.... I’m writing this review because it’s still a great summit! You just need to think about timing! Guanella Pass remains open until December 1 and that’s when the plowing stops. But there can be some great days in late September thru November! You can actually still summit in the winter but it’s a longer climb from the Naylor Reservoir Gate. Bierstadt on an autumn day can and remains spectacular. It’s a common saying that there are easier 14-ers but no easy 14-ers and this is true! The last 500 feet elevation gain to Bierstadt’s summit is a talus scramble and sporting. I’ve been climbing-hiking this peak since the 1960’s when Guanella Pass was unpaved and there were no boardwalks thru the willows. It’s still one of my favorite local destinations but I avoid summer weekends. On my visit in November on a weekday, I only saw 5 people the whole day and saw more goats than people! One last reminder! There is a parking lot for Bierstadt on the east side of Guanella Pass. But there is also a nearby parking lot on the west side of Guanella Pass for Squaretop that adds only a few blocks to a Bierstadt climb if the east side parking lot is full. (And if you can’t stand the summer crowds on Bierstadt and you are in the area, give Squaretop a try!)
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Date of experience: November 2019
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jd50005 wrote a review Sep 2019
Mount Dora, Florida279 contributions98 helpful votes
Prior to my visit to Keystone, I had never even heard the term "14er", however, my friend said it was a bucket list item for hikers and this mountain is classified among the easiest so we did it. Remember to bring a backpack with lots of water and food snacks, and although there are no toilets (beyond the parking lot), bring toilet paper just in case the need arises while on the hike. Pack gloves, a cap/sun hat, and a rain jacket just in case needed. We arrived at 8:15am with the parking lot almost full. The climb starts with a descent of about 200ft before crossing over a creek (be careful here as easy to get shoes wet if you step on a slippery stone) and starting up the mountain. Although I haven't hiked in over 30 years, as an avid cyclist I am in great shape so I did find this fairly easy except for near the top where you're climbing with your hands on boulders. We saw a 60something couple hiking with their 30 something daughter with the mom having to make frequent stops to catch her breath. We eventually passed them and never saw them again so they must have had to turn around prior to reaching the top. The trail is well marked with rock stacks (cairns) except when you get to the boulders (where the cairns are harder to spot) so best to follow someone familiar with the hike over the boulders. Although I didn't have any real health problem getting to the top, on the descent, I ended up getting a headache, which stuck around until the next day and this was after taking a couple Ibuprofin prior to the start of the hike. The highlite of the hike was seeing an F14 jet fly below us through the valley while we were at the peak. Wooosh! My friend, who has hiked this mountain as well as several other 14ers had some breathing issues going up so our pace was slower than expected, taking just under 3 hours to reach the summit and about 2 hours to descend. No breathing issues on the descent, just be careful of loose rocks. Although it didn't rain on us, we could see storm clouds in the distance starting to roll in so I see why it's suggested to start the hike right at sunrise so as to finish before noon and avoid any early afternoon storm.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Mark Vetock wrote a review Aug 2019
Gretna, Nebraska1,077 contributions51 helpful votes
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One of Colorado's 14,000's peaks with easy access to! The trail starts right out of the parking lot to the peak. The 1st mile or so is very easy than the climb begins for the next 3 miles. The trail is well marked and in good shape. The views at the top are amazing. Not an easy hike but you'd better be in shape and remember the altitude!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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