Family Weekender: Denver
There are plenty of great 13,000-foot peaks to climb along Colorado's Front Range. But if the kids want to impress their schoolmates in the fall, they can try to tackle one of the easiest of the state's 54 peaks that rise more than 14,000 feet above sea level.
Take the iron bridge across a stream and follow a trail that zigzags upward 3.5 miles. Eight hundred feet from the summit, the trail forks. Continue another half mile to the top of Grays Peak.
Congratulate everyone on a job well done and enjoy the panorama of mountains marking the continental divide. To the southwest are the popular ski areas, Breckenridge and Keystone.
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