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bayoubengals88
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re: Denver/Breckinridge in May-best hikes?
Just please bring some high ankle "waterproof" boots and a couple of trekking poles if you want to go above 10k.

Fwiw, my girlfriend and I are lifelong flatlanders and we hauled our asses up to the Tetons last year and did 36 miles in three days. On the first day we gained 3,500 feet over 12 miles.
Sure we were tired and sore, but we're in our 20s. It's just walking after all.


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re: Denver/Breckinridge in May-best hikes?
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Just please bring some high ankle "waterproof" boots and a couple of trekking poles if you want to go above 10k.



Noted. I need to buy some trekking poles regardless.


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Lsupimp
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re: Denver/Breckinridge in May-best hikes?
What a great post. Rattlesnake Gulch is a great hike. I used to take my bike up there. That's the Amtrak California Zephyr that goes through there, if I'm not mistaken-Chicago to San Francisco. Very cool to be up there when the train comes through.

If the OP wants a brutally difficult hike, I would really recommend Bear Mountain. Parking at NCAR. I lived to hike and I never did that hike without suffering. I was with a girl from Louisiana once and her toenail popped off on that hike. You also will have the trail to yourself. The last part of it is actually a rock scramble so that's cool.The views are great too, because you are far enough South that you can see Denver pretty well, and of course the view of Boulder in one direction and 14ers in the other.

I never hiked around Breck other than really simple hikes-the one that goes by the river nearer Frisco. So I can't help you there. Years ago the Nuggets traded for a player-I think it was Alvin Robertson, and all-star quality player. He came to Denver in peak shape, hit it too hard and spent four days in the hospital with altitude sickness. He was a world class athlete. It happens. Be careful. Consider Boulder. Because that will likely kick your ass. I wish I could go with you Funky Tide. Let us know how it goes.



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re: Denver/Breckinridge in May-best hikes?
We did a couple of hikes in El Dorado Canyon State Park last year around Memorial Day and had a great time.


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Funky Tide 8
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re: Denver/Breckinridge in May-best hikes?
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Consider Boulder.


I will for sure. I will heed yall's advice. I will probably just stick to the Boulder trails.


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I wish I could go with you Funky Tide. Let us know how it goes.


Me too man. I will report back, with some pics included. Thanks for the advice guys.


bamafan425
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re: Denver/Breckinridge in May-best hikes?
Lily Pad Lake in Silverthorne if you want to nab something in the mountains. Very mellow. Minimal elevation gain.

Ten Mile Creek in Frisco also is mellow and a good stroll to get out in the mountains. We didn't hike the whole thing, but there are some cool open meadows and spots along the creek.

Both those are close to Breck if ya get up early before the rest of the group and wanna go for a quick stroll.

Drive over Swan Mountain Road between Breck and Keystone. Stop at Saphire Point and enjoy the views of Lake Dillon, the Ten Mile Range, and Gore Range.


luvdatigahs
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re: Denver/Breckinridge in May-best hikes?
Just reading this thread makes me want to plan a hiking trip to colorado


Funky Tide 8
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re: Denver/Breckinridge in May-best hikes?
Going to Colorado next the first week of April. We will have about 2 days to hike and hit up breweries before heading to Avon for the weekend to go skiing. I've never been skiing. Any tips?


I want to do some hiking again. Going to get some snow shoes and poles when I go out there, and maybe check out some stuff around Indian Peaks Wilderness. I know yall said that this was a bad idea for a low lander in the spring, but frick it, I REALLY want to try and do some elevated hikes.


8thyearsenior
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re: Denver/Breckinridge in May-best hikes?
Snowiest March on record. I’d rethink your hiking plan.

Take lessons for skiing


Funky Tide 8
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re: Denver/Breckinridge in May-best hikes?
Yeah I'm not going to get anything without knowing that its not completely dumb. We'll see.

My buddy skis every weekend, hopefully he can give me sufficient lessons.
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RonFNSwanson
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re: Denver/Breckinridge in May-best hikes?
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Going to Colorado next the first week of April. We will have about 2 days to hike and hit up breweries before heading to Avon for the weekend to go skiing.


I'm gonna be at Beaver Creek 4/5-6. We have to meet up for FBD


IllegalPete
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re: Denver/Breckinridge in May-best hikes?
Eta: nevermind, I see this thread is 2 years old
This post was edited on 3/15 at 6:40 pm


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Funky Tide 8
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re: Denver/Breckinridge in May-best hikes?
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I'm gonna be at Beaver Creek 4/5-6. We have to meet up for FBD


Dude absolutely!


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jimbeam
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re: Denver/Breckinridge in May-best hikes?
Expect snow above 10,000 ft.


8thyearsenior
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re: Denver/Breckinridge in May-best hikes?
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Expect snow above 6,000 ft.


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Trout Bandit
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re: Denver/Breckinridge in May-best hikes?
Golden Gate Canyon State Park west of Golden has some nice trails.


ColoradoAg03
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re: Denver/Breckinridge in May-best hikes?
Bruh, we have historic snowpack right now. If you aren't wearing snowshoes, you'll be post-holing above 7000' in June.


CHSBears
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re: Denver/Breckinridge in May-best hikes?
Purgatory & Wolf Creek are expecting another 12in+ between now and end of the week.


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Louie T
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re: Denver/Breckinridge in May-best hikes?
You'll likely be fine with poles + microspikes unless they get a ton of late season snow.
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Funky Tide 8
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re: Denver/Breckinridge in May-best hikes?
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Golden Gate Canyon State Park west of Golden has some nice trails.



Definitely might do that. Last time I was out there, we ended up hiking Alderfer/Three Sisters Park, which Golden Gate looks pretty similar. Might want to do something a little different, but either way, that looks nice.




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