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Grizzly Gulch Trail - 2 members in 2 triplogs have rated this an average 5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 05 2019
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Handies PeakWest, CO
West, CO
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DixieFlyerTriplogs 710
Hiking8.60 Miles 3,673 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   5 Hrs   47 Mns   2.00 mph
3,673 ft AEG   1 Hour   29 Mns Break
 
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This was the first of five 14ers that I hiked in four days in the amazingly beautiful San Juan Mountains in SW Colorado.

This one was the "alternate" route up to Handies via the Grizzly Gulch Trail.

The drive to the TH wasn't bad -- we were in a Wrangler and we parked next to an Outback; so a 4WD vehicle wasn't needed, but the drive is better with some decent clearance.

We saw 3 deer in the early part of the hike, but other than pikas and marmots, they were the only animals that I saw in the San Juans.

This was a gorgeous hike all the way to the summit, and at the summit the 360 degree views were awesome!
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Jul 29 2015
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 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Jackson, CA
Handies PeakWest, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2015
toddakTriplogs 491
Hiking10.50 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   6 Hrs      1.75 mph
3,500 ft AEG
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Up the front side via Grizzly Gulch and then down the back side via American Basin, road walk back to the start. I thought the Grizzly Gulch side was the better scenery. Incredible wildflowers everywhere.
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Wildflowers Observation Extreme
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average hiking speed 1.88 mph

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