The Hike: I followed the standard route from the 14ers website and as usual, it was clear and accurate. I came up the night before my hike and found a nice, free camping spot along Cottonwood Pass right outside of Buena Vista. I saw several pull outs with ready-made fire pits along the way and enjoyed a quiet night under the stars. I stayed just a few miles from the Denny Creek Trailhead so I could get an early start. When I arrived at the trailhead around 5:50 am, it was packed and people were already hitting the trail!