Hiking Coloradoand39;s Sangre de Cristos and Great Sand Dunes  by Jason Moore, Revised by Lee Hart

Hiking Colorado's Sangre de Cristos and Great Sand Dunes Guide Book

by Jason Moore, Revised by Lee Hart (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Coloradoand39;s Sangre de Cristos and Great Sand Dunes  by Jason Moore, Revised by Lee Hart
Lace up your boots and head into Colorado's rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains to explore this spine of soaring peaks that stand more than a mile above the San Luis and Wet Mountain Valleys. Here you'll discover plunging creeks, gorges cut from chunky conglomerate, and valleys where elk, bighorn sheep, coyote, and cougar live. Climb Kit Carson Mountain, Crestone Needle, or Blanca Peak; hike Black Canyon or Wild Cherry Creek. Wander the Great Sand Dunes National Park, which has the tallest dunes in North America. Local hiker and outdoor writer Lee Hart will introduce you to these trails and many more.

© 2016 Jason Moore, Revised by Lee Hart/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Hiking Colorado's Sangre de Cristos and Great Sand Dunes" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 59.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 59.

A short trail up a narrow valley in this 1,202-acre wilderness study area offers access to the Nipple Mountain Trail. Hike along the rocky trail (754) up into the mouth of the narrow canyon along the ...
Villa Grove, CO - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 7
A popular hike from camp near Lake Como to two of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks. Even though these are considered moderately difficult 14,000-foot mountains, they are still difficult hikes, as there ...
Red Wing, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
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A steep trail to a series of high lakes in a narrow valley.
Howard, CO - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 10.4
A straightforward hike to a high summit. Compared to the other summit hikes in the Sangre de Cristo range, this is an easy and straightforward climb. Most of it is above the tree line on a ridge that ...
Red Wing, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.2
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A four-wheel-drive road to two high basins and access to Cottonwood Peak, Thirsty Peak, and Garner Creek Trail. From the end of the four-wheel-drive road there are two trails. The easier, more obvio ...
Hillside, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
A scenic trail to a high lake, with access to Comanche Peak, Middle Fork of North Crestone Creek, and Venable-Comanche Loop.
Westcliffe, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 9
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A long, gentle trail to a scenic lake. The trail is wide and usually well maintained for much of its length. It is popular with horse and llama trekkers and outfitters. When wet, the last mile to the ...
Villa Grove, CO - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 16
A lesser-used trail with access to Cottonwood Lake, Crestone Peak, Crestone Needle, Broken Hand Peak, and the South Colony Lakes.
Crestone, CO - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 12
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A lesser-used trail to a high basin with access to Comanche Peak.
Westcliffe, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
Another very challenging scramble up one of Colorado’s hardest 14,000-foot peaks. Be prepared for a physically and mentally challenging adventure. This is not just a hike. It is a sustained, steep scr ...
Westcliffe, CO - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 11.4
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A challenging scramble up one of Colorado’s hardest 14,000-foot peaks. Like Crestone Needle, this hike involves some steep scrambling (hand and foot climbing) up a popular route with loose rock, runni ...
Westcliffe, CO - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 15
A steep and narrow valley up to high lakes surrounded by a steep cirque. From the trailhead, hike along the trail to the right of the four-wheel-drive road. At the Rainbow Trail (1336), turn right (no ...
Westcliffe, CO - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8.4
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An off-trail ridge-top climb to a high peak, this is not a maintained trail and is not recognized by the forest service. The route is fairly short, but the ridge above the tree line is exposed to wind ...
Coaldale, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
A trail up an aspen-filled valley with access to Thirsty Peak.
Villa Grove, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 11
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A lesser-used trail to three small lakes. If you want solitude and a fishing hole all to yourself, these lakes are a good bet. The steep, seemingly unrelenting switchbacks weed out a lot of the more c ...
Westcliffe, CO - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 10
A rough road past a high lake to 13,000-foot Hermit Pass, with access to Hermit Peak, Rito Alto Peak, and Rito Alto Lake. This is a popular road that gets heavy use up to Hermit Lake during the summer ...
Westcliffe, CO - Backpacking,Hiking,Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 14.4
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A popular, sandy ridge walk to the highest dunes in North America. Even though this is usually done as a short hike, there are no trails or route markers. It can be harder than anticipated if the stea ...
Alamosa, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
A good trail to a large, open upper valley with access to Little Horn Peak, Mount Adams, and Little Baldy. Hike west to the Rainbow Trail (1336); turn left (south) and hike for 0.3 mile to the Horn Cr ...
Westcliffe, CO - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 11
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A steep route to a high peak with impressive views of the range to the north and south. Above timberline, this route follows Horn Peak’s east ridge, exposing hikers to wind and weather; be prepared. F ...
Westcliffe, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 9
This is a trail up a narrow valley with access to Cottonwood Peak. Follow the trail (753) as it climbs past piñon pine and juniper then up the canyon before narrowing beyond a small meadow. The trail ...
Villa Grove, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
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