Post by golferjeff on May 27, 2017 15:37:05 GMT -6
Later in June or July is better. Runoff is going to be heavy and long this year due to the high snowpack. If you want to do Uncompahgre, there are several rivers/streams that come into shape in late june and early july. Lots of 14'ers between Mt. Blanca and Durango. If you stay South, you have the rio grande between Wagon Wheel and the reservoir, South Fork rio, lots of hike-ins around the Rio Grande Headwaters (Cutties!), and just about everything near Durango. I would push it as late as possible, especially if you want to climb 14'ers.
The books are invaluable.... they have 3 or 4 and they are all good. The 'Eat, fish, sleep' is great and '50 trout streams of Southern Colorado' is a gold mine. Get them all in my opinion.
I have heard Uncompahgre is a good climb as well as Wilson, Sunlight, and Redcloud within an hour or so.
Last Edit: May 27, 2017 21:58:45 GMT -6 by breeden3
Jeff - you know your peaks. I have done Blanca and hitting several along that stretch you mentioned. Uncompahgre is on the list; that's why I bought the '50 trout streams of Southern Colorado'. Also, hitting Lake Como as I go up to Ellingswood. Thanks for the advice - will push the trip as late as possible. Need 5 peaks, but want 7-8. We will see. Can't get overzealous and make unsafe decisions just to bag a peak. The FF seems like a great way to balance this trip out.
Hunkering down for a few hrs tomorrow to lay most of this out. Thanks again - the book is invaluable.