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Handies Peak, Colorado

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Distance: 4.9 miles


Handies Peak with my Girls

Arrived at a camping spot just on the other side of the river crossing after the turnoff from the Cinnamon Pass road about .3 miles the day prior on Saturday, 5 Sep 09. The forecast was pretty sketchy calling for thunderstorms and rain showers. When we arrived, the weather was fairly stable and quickly degraded after we set up camp with the family. After about 2 hrs of sitting in the H2, it finally quit and allowed us to start a fire for some burgers on the grill. Just after nightfall, it once again started to rain which was compounded by marble sized hail that accumulated around the tents about 2 inches!! The rain continued all night which was great for sleeping, but in my mind I was thinking the weather was just not going to allow a good hike for the next day. Got up around 0600 and saw lots of thick clouds and a little bit of drizzle, so went back to sleep. Got up around 0745 when the rain stopped and started some breakfast for the girls and slow rolled getting ready for the hike awaiting the weather to start clearing. The weather finally cooperated and the whole fam started the hike from TH around 0950. Took a bit with the girls to get up to Sloan Lake about a mile from the summit. Very benign hike up to the lake where we had lunch and took a bunch of pics of the girls throwing rocks in the lake. My wife was worn out and decided to head back to the car with the girls. Since we were almost to the summit, I decided to finish the rest solo. Left the summit around 1200 and reached the peak around 1300.   Traversed over to the edge to get some video and pics of the car from the top and departed the summit around 1345. the weather had really cleared and got some sweet pics. Arrived back at the H2 around 1500 and the girls were bored silly running around - feet wet from playing in the creek. great hike, but the camping experience was a little wet

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