9891
Colorado Rocky Mountains
To the Top! Hiking Colorado’s 14ers
Participate in daily hikes through the Rocky Mountains on this adventure of discovery and learning, as you join outdoor experts on hikes that build in difficulty throughout the week.
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Program No. 9891RJ
Length
7 days
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7 days
6 nights
15 meals
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Getting There
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Frisco, CO
D
Baymont Inn & Suites Lake Dillon

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.

DAY
2
Mt. Sherman
Frisco, CO
B,L,D
Baymont Inn & Suites Lake Dillon

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.

DAY
3
Recovery Hike
Frisco, CO
B,L
Baymont Inn & Suites Lake Dillon

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 tonight is "On Your Own" to explore the local eateries and the interesting downtown of Frisco.

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.

DAY
4
Mt. Bierstadt
Frisco, CO
B,L,D
Baymont Inn & Suites Lake Dillon

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 is provided at a local restaurant this evening and you will have plenty of options to order off the menu.

Evening: Free night.

DAY
5
Raft Trip
Frisco, CO
B,L
Baymont Inn & Suites Lake Dillon

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 tonight is "On Your Own" to explore the local eateries and the interesting downtown of Frisco.

Evening: We will have a brief meeting to discuss the details of tomorrow’s itinerary and answer any questions.

DAY
6
Grays Peak
Frisco, CO
B,L,D
Baymont Inn & Suites Lake Dillon

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.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Frisco, CO
B

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