When to Hike a 14er


Unless you’re planning to snowshoe, the best months to peak a Fourteener are typically between July and September. If you try to go much before or after those months, then you are likely to face heavy snow. Some seasons you’ll be able to climb in late June or early October, as the weather and snowfall varies from year to year. Be prepared to get an early start on your hike. Afternoon thunderstorms are common, so you’ll want to summit before noon, which typically means leaving the trailhead no later than 4:00-5:00 a.m.

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