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To the Top! Hiking Colorado’s 14ers

Program Number: 9891RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/17/2014 - 8/23/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Rocky Mountains, Colorado
Price starting at: $1,198.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking; Natural History Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 16; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

In hiker parlance, it’s called a “14er” — a mountain that exceeds 14,000 feet above sea level. With 54 to its credit, Colorado has the most 14ers in the continental U.S. Get ready to join rarefied air, as you accompany our expert naturalists and outdoor professionals on an exhilarating and enriching Rocky Mountain hiking adventure to bag a 14er yourself. Choose from two offerings: The first includes beautiful hikes that build throughout the week, culminating in a summit attempt of a single 14er; the second offering is for experienced hikers and is extremely challenging, as you attempt climbs of three different 14ers. Each of the three climbs builds on the last in difficulty and unique beauty to create a truly “peak” experience!




Highlights

• Discover the teamwork, challenge and tremendous sense of achievement of summiting a Rocky Mountain “14er.”
• Experience the Rockies from a different perspective: on an exciting whitewater-raft trip.
• With an expert naturalist, learn firsthand about the area and its resident plants and animals.



Activity Particulars

Hiking 8-12 miles a day. Hiking elevations of 8,500-14,000 feet.




Date Specific Information

8-17-2014

Based in Frisco, Colo. For experienced hikers only, this rewarding program attempts hikes up three different 14,000-foot peaks, along with a more moderate hiking day. Whitewater raft day is weather and water flow dependent. A fun alternative activitiy will be offered if the raft trip is not possible.



Coordinated by Mountains and Plains Institute.




Rocky Mountains

The Rocky Mountains contain many of the highest peaks in North America, including more than 50 14,000-footers in Colorado alone. Separating the Great Plains to the east from the Great Basin to the west, the mountains have inspired songs and legends, lured gold-seekers into their midst and provided hunting and fishing grounds for indigenous peoples.



Accommodations
Comfortable motel with indoor swimming pool.
Meals and Lodgings
   Lake Dillon Lodge
  Frisco, CO 6 nights
 Lake Dillon Lodge
Type: Motel
  Contact info: 1202 Summit Blvd.
Frisco, CO 80443 USA
phone: 800-727-0607
web: lakedillonlodge.com/
  Room amenities: Free wireless Internet Cable satellite television with free HBO® AM/FM alarm clock Air-conditioning Dataports Coffee/tea maker Hairdryer Wake-up calls, front desk open 24 hours Iron, ironing board Free local calls under 30 minutes AM/FM radio stereo
  Facility amenities: 100% smoke-free hotel Indoor pool Local shuttle to area resorts - complimentary, daily, 6:00 a.m. to 2:15 a.m. Sunbathing, Sun deck Volleyball, outside sand volleyball court 24-hour front desk Ice/vending machines, Only on second and fourth floor. Pioneer Sports Ski and gift shop. Elevator Hot tub, two indoor hot tubs
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact hotel for rates Contact hotel for availability and reservations
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel for rates Contact hotel for availability and reservations
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrive by 4 pm. Required orientation at 5 pm. You will be staying at Lake Dillon Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast is provided. Independent departures after breakfast. You will be staying at Lake Dillon Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Acknowledgement of Risk-Liability Waiver Form to be mailed back to Mountains and Plains office
  Parking availability:
No charge
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Frisco, CO
  Nearest city or town:  Dillon
  Nearest highway: I-70
  Nearest airport:  Denver International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Frisco, CO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Frisco-Summit County

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Colorado Mountain Express
phone: 800-525-6363
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for latest rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

   

Schedules, rates and reservations available online: www.coloradomountainexpress.com

 
Driving Directions
  Frisco from Denver Take Interstate 70 West to exit #203, Frisco, CO (approximately 70 miles). Upon exiting, take Highway 9 South to Hotel.
  Frisco from Grand Junction Take Interstate 70 East to exit #203, Frisco, CO (approximately 168 miles). Upon exiting, take Highway 9 South to Hotel.
Elevation Note: Frisco is at 9,000 feet; hikes will occur from 9,500-14,000 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Daypack, water bottles, good broken-in hiking boots, rain gear, recommended list will be mailed.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Orientation/Safety Lecture/Introduction
(Sunday, August 17)
   
 Arrive To: Arrival by 4 p.m. Required orientation at 5:00 p.m. Welcome to Frisco We'll have an informative overview of the program to come plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session.
 Dinner: Dinner will be catered to the hotel tonight.
 Evening: We’ll review the updated schedule, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
   
Accommodations: Lake Dillon Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Mt. Sherman
(Monday, August 18)
   
 Breakfast: Early breakfast in hotel.
 Morning: Day long hike climb of Mt. Sherman: 14,036 feet; depending upon route selected: 2,150' elevation gain, loss, 6.5 mi. RT Mount Sherman, in the middle of the north- to south-trending Mosquito Range, is a rounded 14,036-foot-high peak that rises above the western edge of South Park in central Colorado. Like all the Fourteeners, Mount Sherman needs to be treated with respect. Thunderstorms brew over the Sawatch Range to the west and move in quickly. It always seems windy on Sherman’s upper ridge and summit. It’s best to get an early start, carry rain gear, keep an eye on the weather for thunderstorms and lightning, and keep an open mind. The view from the top is unforgettable! Note: What peaks we climb during the week is subject to change due to weather, road conditions, group ability, or similar.
 Lunch: We will offer supplies for you to pack your lunch each day to eat and enjoy along the trail in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
 Afternoon: Today, a turn-around time will be announced. When this time comes, whether you are catching your breath on the rocky summit of the mountain, or enjoying the view from a saddle below, you will turn around and start re-tracing your steps to the trailhead. This time is dependent on weather and group ability. You will have the great luxury of being with experienced guides on the trail that will help show you the most beautiful parts of Colorado, but work with you to stay safe in this challenging environment.
 Dinner: Dinner is provided at a local restaurant this evening and you will have plenty of options to order off the menu.
 Evening: We will have a short meeting to discuss tomorrow's itinerary. Each program we also feature exciting educational presentations by various expert guest presenters. These sessions are optional, so if you prefer you can use the extra time to rest, relax in the hot tub, etc.
   
Accommodations: Lake Dillon Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Recovery Hike
(Tuesday, August 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in motel
 Morning: Today we will take a recovery hike. We call this "active rest", our goal will be to get outside and hike at elevation, but the pace will be very casual and the terrain gentle.
 Lunch: We will offer supplies for you to pack your lunch each day to eat and enjoy along the trail in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
 Afternoon: We will continue to enjoy and experience this beautiful area.
 Dinner: Dinner is provided at a local restaurant this evening and you will have plenty of options to order off the menu.
 Evening: We will have a short meeting to discuss tomorrow's itinerary. Each program we also feature exciting educational presentations by various expert guest presenters. These sessions are optional, so if you prefer you can use the extra time to rest, relax in the hot tub, etc.
   
Accommodations: Lake Dillon Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Mt. Bierstadt
(Wednesday, August 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in motel
 Morning: Today we will hike Mt. Bierstadt. Named after Albert Bierstatdt a famous painter of western landscapes, Mount Bierstadt has long been a favorite hike of outdoor enthusiasts. Summit Elev. = 4,060 feet, Elevation Gain = 2,850 feet, RT Length = 7.00 miles
 Lunch: We will offer supplies for you to pack your lunch each day to eat and enjoy along the trail in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
 Afternoon: Today, a turn-around time will be announced. When this time comes, whether you are catching your breath on the rocky summit of the mountain, or enjoying the view from a saddle below, you will turn around and start re-tracing your steps to the trailhead. This time is dependent on weather and group ability. You will have the great luxury of being with experienced guides on the trail that will help show you the most beautiful parts of Colorado, but work with you to stay safe in this challenging environment.
 Dinner: Dinner tonight is "On Your Own" to explore the local eateries and the interesting downtown of Frisco.
 Evening: Free night.
   
Accommodations: Lake Dillon Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Raft Trip
(Thursday, August 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in motel
 Morning: Today we rest our legs and enjoy a raft trip! This popular raft trip offers some of the most exciting whitewater on the Arkansas River and beautiful mountain scenery. Your wet 'n wild ride through Browns Canyon will provide lots of thrills and laughter as you weave through Pinball, tumble down Zoomflume, squeak by the Devil's Punchbowl and barrel through the rest, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime. NOTICE: Due to weather and other factors, this activity could be replaced with another popular local tour such as a Zip-Line Eco Adventure trip or similar.
 Lunch: Picnic box lunch provided.
 Afternoon: Continue morning activities.
 Dinner: Dinner is provided at a local restaurant this evening and you will have plenty of options to order off the menu.
 Evening: We will have a brief meeting to discuss the details of tomorrow’s itinerary and answer any questions.
   
Accommodations: Lake Dillon Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Grays Peak
(Friday, August 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in motel
 Morning: Today we will hike Grays Peak. Grays and nearby Torreys Peaks are the two highest points on the Continental Divide. Torreys was named after John Torrey, an early nineteenth-century botanist who is best remembered for his work in classifying North American flora. Grays Peak was named in recognition of Asa Gray, also a well known botanist in the mid 1800s, whose research on variations in plant species provided important evidence in support of Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. The Grays Peak Trail has recently been designated as a National Recreational Trail, and it is one of the best maintained of any of the fourteener trails. The trail approaches the peak through a gorgeous glacial valley with Kelso Mountain (13,164 ft.) on one side and Mount Edwards (13,850 ft.) on the other. The valley ends at the foot of the Continental Divide below the saddle connecting Grays Peak with Torreys. Depending on the weather and your pacing, your guides might give you the option to also summit Torreys during this hike. Summit Elev. = 14,270 feet, Elevation Gain = 3,650 feet, RT Length = 9.00 miles
 Lunch: We will offer supplies for you to pack your lunch each day to eat and enjoy along the trail in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
 Afternoon: Today, a turn-around time will be announced. When this time comes, whether you are catching your breath on the rocky summit of the mountain, or enjoying the view from a saddle below, you will turn around and start re-tracing your steps to the trailhead. This time is dependent on weather and group ability. You will have the great luxury of being with experienced guides on the trail that will help show you the most beautiful parts of Colorado, but work with you to stay safe in this challenging environment.
 Dinner: Dinner is provided at a local restaurant this evening and you will have plenty of options to order off the menu.
 Evening: After a delicious dinner, we will get together for one last group meeting to share our highlights of the week and to share our experiences.
   
Accommodations: Lake Dillon Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Departures after breakfast
(Saturday, August 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is available in the hotel beginning at 6:30 am. End of program, safe travels! Room check-out by 10:00 am.
 Morning: Independent departures after breakfast
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Geology Underfoot along Colorado's Front Range


Author: Lon Abbott and Terri Cook


Description: The transition from the relatively flat Great Plains to the craggy peaks of Colorado s Front Range is one of North America s most abrupt topographical contrasts. The epic, 1,800-million-year geologic story behind this amazing landscape is even more awe inspiring. In Geology Underfoot along Colorado s Front Range, the most recent addition to the Geology Underfoot series, authors (and geoscientists) Lon Abbott and Terri Cook narrate the Front Range s tale, from its humble beginnings as a flat, nondescript seafloor through several ghostly incarnations as a towering mountain range. The book s 21 chapters, or vignettes, lead you to easily accessible stops along the Front Range s highways and byways, where you ll meet the apatosaur and other dinosaurs who roamed the floodplains and beaches that once covered the Front Range; look for diamonds in rare, out-of-the-way volcanic pipes; learn how America s mountain, Pikes Peak, developed from molten magma miles below the surface only to become an important visual landmark for early Great Plains travelers; and walk the Gangplank, a singularly important plateau for both nineteenth-century westward expansion and our understanding of the Front Range s most recent exhumation. A healthy dose of full-color illustrations and photos demystify the concepts put forth in the authors elegant, insightful prose. With Geology Underfoot along Colorado s Front Range in hand, you ll feel like you re traveling through time as you explore the Front Range s hidden geologic treasures.



National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Rocky Mountain States


Author: Peter Alden, John Grassy


Description: Filled with concise descriptions and stunning photographs, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Rocky Mountain States belongs in the home of every Rocky Mountain resident and in the suitcase or backpack of every visitor. This compact volume contains: An easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1,000 of the state's wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, butterflies, mammals, and much more; A complete overview of the Rocky Mountain region's natural history, covering geology, wildlife habitats, ecology, fossils, rocks and minerals, clouds and weather patterns, and the night sky; An extensive sampling of the area's best parks, preserves, mountains, forests, and wildlife sanctuaries, with detailed descriptions and visitor information for 50 sites and notes on dozens of others. The guide is packed with visual information -- the 1,500 full-color images include more than 1,300 photographs, 11 maps, and 16 night-sky charts, as well as more than 100 drawings explaining everything from geological processes to the basic features of different plants and animals. For everyone who lives or spends time in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, or Wyoming, there can be no finer guide to the area's natural surroundings than the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Rocky Mountain States.





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