We decided to head into the mountains this Memorial Day to hike our first 14ers of the year. Three 14ers main trails start at the same trailhead so we figured we’d backpack in, spend the night and go up at least two of the three the following day. Now, my co-workers mainly said I was crazy, there would be too much snow in the mountains and we’d never make it up but we were pretty anxious to get into the mountains. We hiked in, and got varying reports from the people hiking out. Some said it was too snowy, some said it wasn’t. Anyway, we went ahead and hiked up Mt. Belford no problem. There were a few snow patches but no big deal. Unfortunately, the traverse across to Oxford was pretty icy. Since we didn’t have ice axe or crampons and we had a geriatric dog with us, we elected not to cross. The third mountain, Mt. Missouri, was just way too snowy/icy for non-extreme folks like us.
Anyway, it was wonderful up there. The mountains look amazing all white and we were happy to finally have climbed a fourteener as residents of Colorado. This also made me realize that I am pretty mountain-crazy. Most people who live here will tell you they love the mountains, but there were very few people out on the trails yet. Maybe we are still ‘new’ so we are a little more anxious than others to get into the wilderness and hike up mountains.
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