3. Tenmile Range Traverse, Colorado (15 miles)Learn More
“I mostly prefer off-trail routes these days,” says long-distance hiker Andrew Skurka. “It demands a higher level of engagement with the environment. You’re forced to pay attention.” Case in point: this high alpine route, beginning near the town of Frisco and ending in Breckenridge. Besides the on-trail start and finish, it traverses an unmarked ridgeline between no fewer than ten 12,000-foot-plus peaks, doable in a single day by a strong, experienced hiker. By the time you get to the tenth, you’re at 13,633-feet. “It’s big Colorado scenery,” says Skurka. “Rocky, craggy, high and exposed. And the views are fantastic.” A free shuttle in Breckenridge takes you back to your car.
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