Horseshoe Mountain: Boudoir Couloir

Trip Details

Elevation: 13,898 Feet

Elevation Gain: ~2,100 Feet

Distance: ~11 Miles

Difficulty: Moderate Snow

Gear: Ice axe, crampons, helmet

We’ve been waiting for the snowpack to stabilize so that we could get out and try some couloir routes. The weather finally cooperated so we drove down to 4 Mile Creek road Saturday afternoon after finishing Grays/Torreys. We camped in the car at the parking area so that we could get an early start.

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Grays and Torreys: Standard Route

Trip Details

Elevation: 14,278 Feet

Elevation Gain: ~5100 Feet

Distance: 14 Miles

Difficulty: Easy Snow

Gear: Trekking poles

We finally got a chance to get out and see Grays and Torreys up close. The weather forecast was calling for thunderstorms after 12pm so we left the trailhead around 4:00 am. The road was still snow covered so we parked right off the I-70 which adds an extra 6 miles of road hiking.

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Mount Shavano: Angel of Shavano (+ Tabeguache)

Trip Details

Elevation: Shavano: 14,229 feet / Tabeguache: 14,155 Feet

Elevation Gain: ~5,600 Feet

Distance: ~9.75 Miles

Difficulty: Easy Snow

Gear: Avy Gear, snowshoes, crampons (overkill)

Saturday we woke up at 1am to make the ~3 hour drive to the Shavano/Tabeguache trailhead. Our plan was to climb the Angel of Shavano (easy snow climb up to 35°) to the summit of Shavano, then traverse over to the summit of Tabeguache and back again.

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Mount Sherman: South Slope

Trip Details

Elevation: 14,035 Feet

Elevation Gain: 3,024 Feet

Distance: 9 Miles

Difficulty: Easy Snow / Class 2

Gear: Trekking Poles

This one felt easy! After knocking out the Decalibron, we decided to finish off the 14ers in the Mosquito range by hiking up the South Slope of Mount Sherman. This was definitely the easiest 14er so far.  In the summer it’s a two mile hike up from the road, but with the winter closure the round trip distance ended up being a bit over 10 miles.

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