Head for the Hills
You don't have to drive far to get away. Here, our 10 picks for off-the-beaten-path adventures in the foothills.
How To Climb a Rocky, Snow-covered Peak
The north ridge of Mt. Neva is a classic Indian Peaks scrambling route, curving elegantly around a snow-filled basin to a 12,814-foot summit. "Scrambling" covers the ground between hiking and rock climbing; you'll use your hands to clamber up the rock, but acrophobia-free hikers will rarely feel the need for a safety rope. Neva's north ridge is a perfect introduction: Go with an experienced partner and a rope in the rucksack just in case—if you feel comfortable on Neva's scrambling, you'll discover 49 other routes to try in Dave Cooper's Colorado Scrambles. DM
Getting There: Fourth of July Trailhead, 12 miles northwest of Eldora