• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:


  • Season:

    Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:


  • RT Distance:

    7 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    3300 Feet


This 14er is a gem, and offers a different set of views than many of the peaks on the front range. Pretty fun scrambling too!

Starting from Lake City, make it up towards Matterhorn Creek trailhead. How far you drive depends on if you have 4WD or not. There is a sign indicating the correct direction to reach this trailhead. Park when your vehicle decides it doesn't want to go any further and start up the trail.

The entire trail is very well marked and will lead you over creeks, through boulder gardens, and directly up the ridge line. At about 13,200 ft you will meet some more difficult scrambling. There continues to be a faint trail that wiggles up the left side of the ridge. Find your way to just below a fin-like tower, until you reach a seemingly impassable rib. Here, turn right and climb a gully that returns to the ridge crest. Walk to the right side of the fin-like tower I spoke of, and you'll see the slab and staircase-looking final pitch. 

Hop on that summit and enjoy the views. Try to get up and down before the afternoon thunder storms hit.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks & Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Rainjacket
  • Sturdy Hiking Boots
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