Handies Peak (14,048 feet), San Juan Range, Colorado

Via American Basin and Southwest Slope

Rank in Colorado: 40

Trailhead Elevation: 11,600 feet; Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet; 5.3 miles round trip

July 10, 2006

*The San Juans contain thirteen 14ers and hundreds of 13ers. They are located in the southwest corner of Colorado. They cover more than 4,000 square miles of rugged beauty remote from civilization...


01On route to Colorado

02Utah sunset

03Utah sunset

04Finally Lake City, Colorado

05Lake City

06Wireless internet access

07Lake City

08Lake City store

09Lake City post office

10Westwood Cabins

11Westwood Cabins

12Westwood Cabins

13Lake City

14Alpine Loop

15Alpine Loop

16Vistas along Alpine Loop

17Alpine Loop

18On Alpine Loop

19Columbine by the road

20Alpine Loop- looking ahead

21Alpine Loop- looking back

22Vistas along the road

23Turn off for American Basin

24Vistas along the road

25American Basin straight ahead

26Alpine Sunflowers

27Corn Lily

28The creek

29Creek crossing

30Past creek crossing

31American Basin

32Mountain Bluebells

33Checking the trailhead

34Colorado Columbines

35Trailhead

36The next morning

37Morning light on cliffs

38Morning light

39Photo shoot

40Posing on the trail

41Morning light on cliffs

42On the trail

43Marmot

44On the trail

45Melting snow

46Marsh Marigolds

47Marmot

48Marmot

49View of the saddle

50On the trail

51Looking back

52Looking back

53Sloan Lake

54Approaching the saddle

55At the saddle

56The saddle

57View from the saddle

58View from the saddle

59Summit comes to view

60On route to the top

61On route to the top

62Hiking through alpine meadow

63Alpine meadow

64Alpine Sunflowers

65Alpine meadow

66Looking down

67Looking down

68Almost there

69Alpine Avens

70Approaching the summit