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Let's take advantage of this period of stable, relatively warm weather to hike a few "winter" peaks.
Today, we're starting from a trailhead just up the road from Quandary Peak trailhead at Lower Blue Lake. We'll park there and walk along the road to Upper Blue Lake, then follow an existing trail up the shoulder of Mt Fletcher, a 13,900+ foot peak right behind Quandary.
From the summit, we'll have spectacular views of the Tenmile range and beyond!
Per CalTopo, from the trailhead to the summit it is 3 miles with 2600' of gain. Just be aware that it is largely off trail with a mix of rock and snow that we'll be going over.
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You will need to have winter hiking experience for this and come prepared with traction, appropriate clothing, food and hydration.
This is not a beginner hike!
Meet at Wooly Mammoth Section BB at 5:30am.
I'd like to hike a Sawatch 14er in January. I'm thinking of either Mt Yale (8 miles RT, 4500') via the standard trail or Mt Elbert (more details TBD).
Which peak we hike would depend on snow and avalanche conditions and trail access.
Winter hiking is serious business, so I am inviting only folks who have recent winter 13er/14er hiking experience.