Author James Dziezynski has meticulously selected 80+ of the state’s absolute best peaks in more than 50 superlative hikes, and his opinionated narrative brings each route to life. Each summit is included because of a notable featurewhether it’s the site of a ghost mine or airplane wreckage, has thundering waterfalls or colorful floral meadows, is the best summit for spotting wildlife or bringing out-of-town friends, or is very accessible. Covering all Colorado’s major mountain ranges, including the well-known Sangre De Cristo, Gore, Sawatch, Indian Peaks, and Maroon Bell wilderness areas to the lesser-known Grenadiers, Medicine Bow, and Outer San Juan peaks, this distinctive guide makes it easy to select exactly the right hike for the right day, the right mood, and the right companions.
Brand: Wilderness Press
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the style of writing and reading the descriptions of all the summit hikes. I'll probably only get a chance to do 1 or 2 in my lifetime, seeing how I live in Florida. I am going to Colorado soon and wanted to immerse myself in as much knowledge of the state and hiking as I could. My only complaint is that I think that the author should have left out the hikes on the mountains that are revered by the Navajo people. They really don't want us all to be climbing all over their sacred places. There are plenty of other places that could have been substituted for these sacred mountains.
Not that James Dziezynski's book needs another five star review, but I can't resist.
Two things make this book a standout:
1) The complete description of each hike, with detailed maps, way points, and often, pictures. His ratings are clear, and his multi-point classifications (distance, difficulty, class, etc. - all fully explained) really tell the whole story. After reading a hike description here, you'll have as good an idea of what you are getting into as you can without having walked the trail yourself. And best of all Dziezynski makes sure you can find the trailhead (don't laugh, you'd be surprised how difficult it can sometimes be). His descriptions should be a model for all trail guide writers.
2) The choice of hikes is interesting, eclectic, and makes you want to explore areas in Colorado you may not have been before. I've lived in the state off and on for over 20 years, and I'd read a hike description here, scratch my head, and take out my...
This book is awesome. I'm glad that this book doesn't buy into the arbitrary 14er (14,000+ feet peaks) craze but at the same time includes 14ers if they are worthy based on the merits of the route. Every hike that I have done in this book has been beautiful and in some way unique. I think I've done around ten so far. I didn't want to write a review because I'm selfish and wanted to keep the hikes less crowded but that is mean so I'm writing one anyway:) I made videos of two of the hikes. One hike I summitted and the other one I only made half way due to the weather. Thanks a lot, James! Links for the video are under the comments.
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