Colorado has more than 50 mountains over 14,000ft and each one is well worth a climb. However, for the beginners or visitors who are new to the area, before you tackle your first 14,000ft peak in Colorado, you may wish to start smaller. That’s why James Dziezynski has picked out this perfect sequence of smaller mountains in the Denver/Boulder area to prepare you for your first 14-foot’er adventure – or to just enjoy on their own…
Short, steep and scenic, Mount Sniktau starts from the 11,900ft paved summit of Loveland Pass. An abrupt walk-up is sure to get your legs and lungs burning but the views from the summit sooth your soul and lower your heart rate.
James Dziezynski is the author of several outdoors books including Best Summit Hikes in Colorado. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, and has hiked all 53 of Colorado’s 14,000ft peaks along with over 500 other summits in the Rocky Mountains. You can follow him on his blog at www.mountainouswords.com/mountain-air.