Climbing Colorado’s Mountains


Climbing Colorado’s Mountains will cover approximately 100 peaks in Colorado across a range of abilities, including 12ers, 13ers, and 14ers. This guide includes detailed hike and climb descriptions, miles and maps, and color photos with ascent and descent routes for the most popular peaks in the state. Climbing descriptions also include history, local trivia, and trailhead GPS coordinates.

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Colorado is home to thousands of mountains, and hikers and climbers across the state enjoy the sport of getting to their summits. From the Front Range to the Sangre de Cristo Range, the Park Ranges to the Sawatch Range, and the Elk Range to the San Juan Mountains, Climbing Colorado’s Mountains will take you to the highest mountaintops of every major range and subrange in the state, with delightful detours to the highest sand dunes, hills, and mesas that make Colorado’s topography the most exciting in the country.

More than fifty highpoints offer incredible panoramic views, while dozens of mountain passes provide ready access and short approaches to even more peaks. A handful of local favorites are included, too, for a variety of peak experiences and adventures for every skill level. Some mountains have trails to the top, while others require a bit more work. Climbing Colorado’s Mountains helps you reach the summits safely and without getting lost, with:

· Directions to the trailheads
· Distances, elevation gains, rankings, and technical ratings of each mountain climb
· Names of each trailhead, trail, and the aspects of each off-trail route to the summit
· Mileage, descriptions, and GPS waypoints from the trailheads to the summits
· Topo maps with clearly-marked routes
· Introductory mountain climbing information for beginners

Grab your pack, your camera, and a map and compass, it’s going to be a wild climb!

Additional information

Weight20.8 oz
Dimensions9.2 × 6.2 × .8 in