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Handies Peak, CO

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CO > West
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 5.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 11,600 feet
Elevation Gain 2,448 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,658 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 18.69
Interest Perennial Creek & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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15  2019-09-05 DixieFlyer
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14  2008-08-06 Jim_H
Author DixieFlyer
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Trips 481 map ( 5,935 miles )
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Location Fountain Hills, AZ
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct → Early
Seasons   Summer to Autumn
Sun  5:11am - 7:21pm
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A Handie Dandy Hike
by DixieFlyer

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This guide describes the hike to Handies Peak via the standard route on the southwest slopes using the American Basin Trail.

Handies Peak is in an area of Colorado that began to be settled in the 1870's in conjunction with mines that produced gold, silver, copper, and lead. By 1900 the Tabasco Meat Sauce Company, which was the financier for a silver mine in the area, had built a 100 ton mill to process ore from the local mines.

At one time Handies Peak was marked "Tabasco" on maps, after the aforementioned Tabasco Company. The origin of the name Handies is not known with certainty, but it is said to be named after a local pioneer who went by the name "Handie".

The hike to Handies Peak on the American Basin Trail is considered to be one of the easiest 14ers to hike. However, there really are no "easy" 14ers, so perhaps it is more accurate to say that this hike is one of the least difficult 14ers.

This is a class 1 hike on a well-marked and easy to follow trail. The hike begins at around 11,600', which is a higher elevation than many 14ers.

The stats on this hike assume that you begin the hike at the 4WD trailhead. If you don't have a 4WD vehicle with decent clearance, you'll want to park on the Alpine Loop at the turnoff for American Basin. This would add about 1.5 miles round-trip and 300' of elevation gain to the hike.

There are no fees for parking, hiking, or camping.

Thunderstorms are not uncommon during the summertime, so it is advisable to check weather forecasts before hiking Handies Peak. Storms typically occur after 11:00 AM or so, so it is best to begin hiking early.

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2019-09-12 DixieFlyer
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    From downtown Lake City, take Highway 149 south for about 2.5 miles and turn right on County Road 30 toward Lake San Cristobal. The road will be paved for about 4 miles before becoming a dirt road. At this point you will be on the Alpine Loop. After about 8 miles on the dirt road, continue on the Alpine Loop by taking a right toward Cinnamon Pass. After 4 miles or so until you get to the Grizzly Gulch/Silver Creek Trailhead. Continue for another 4-5 miles and you will come to a signed fork in the road; left will take you to the American Basin TH and right will take you toward Cinnamon Pass. If you don't have a 4WD vehicle with good clearance it is best to park here and walk about 3/4 mile to the TH. If you have a suitable vehicle continue to the trailhead where you'll find a large parking area and a marked trail. Note that bout 0.2 miles up this road is a creek crossing that can be deep in the late spring and early summer.

    Before going to the trailhead, it would be a good idea to check with the Visitor's Center in Lake City to check on current road conditions.

    Google/Apple Maps have inaccuracies in their directions to the American Basin TH, so do not rely on them. Use these directions and a good map instead.
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