Handies Peak, San Juan Mountains

This summit will put you high above what many consider to be Colorado's finest mountain range.

Part on trail, part easy off trail, the Grizzly Gulch route up this 14,048-foot summit puts you high amid what many consider Colorado's finest mountain range, the San Juans (which boast the state's most 14ers). It's 7.6 miles round-trip and a 3,650-foot climb from the Grizzly Gulch trailhead at 11,600 feet on Lake Fork Gunnison River road off CO 149. Acclimate beforehand, and start early to avoid afternoon thunderstorms.

drive time: Durango: 2 hours

guides:Colorado's Fourteeners: From Hikes to Climbs, by Gerry Roach ($19). USGS map Handies Peak (888-ASK-USGS; www.backpacker.com/mapstore; $10).

contact: Gunnison Resource Area, Bureau of Land Management, (970) 641-0471; www.co.blm.gov/gra/index.html