Category:Mountains of Clear Creek County, Colorado
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The following 15 pages are in this category, out of 15 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 15 pages are in this category, out of 15 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Argentine Peak – Argentine Peak is a high mountain summit in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 13, 743-foot thirteener is located in Arapaho National Forest,8.5 miles southwest by south of Georgetown, Colorado, the summit lies on the Continental Divide between Clear Creek and Summit counties. The peak is approximately 1 mile south of Argentine Pass, the peak and the pass take their names from the Argentine District, Colorados first major silver mining district. Argentum is the Latin word for silver, for the ore found in the area. com Argentine Peak on listsofjohn. com Argentine Peak on peakery. com Argentine Peak on summitpost. org
2. Mount Bierstadt – Mount Bierstadt is a high mountain summit of the Chicago Peaks in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 14, 065-foot fourteener is located in the Mount Evans Wilderness of Pike National Forest,9.4 miles south by east of the Town of Georgetown in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. It was named in honor of Albert Bierstadt, the American landscape painter who made the first recorded summit of the mountain in 1863, Mount Bierstadt is located 1.4 miles west by south of Mount Evans and 43.8 miles west by south of downtown Denver. Because it is considered an easy climb, along with its accessibility from nearby Denver. As with most peaks in Colorado, July and August make the best months for climbing Mount Bierstadt, the most popular base from which to begin ascent of Mount Bierstadt is Guanella Pass, located to the west. From Guanella Pass it is approximately a 3 miles hike, with a climb of 2,391 feet, the trail passes descends slightly into the fairly level marshlands surrounding Scott Gomer Creek before reaching Bierstadts western slopes. On the rocky regions of the mountain the route of the trail is marked by a series of cairns. The trail levels about 200 feet below the summit at saddle point before beginning the final ascent, alternative trails cover the eastern slopes for longer hikes. Once at the summit, an option is to continue the hike to nearby Mount Evans along a ridge known as The Sawtooth. Often such a trip will involve a detour down to Abyss Lake 12,650 feet elevation), Albert Bierstadts painting A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie is based on sketches he made during his 1863 visit to the area
3. Mount Evans – Mount Evans is the highest summit of the Chicago Peaks in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The peak is one of the characteristic Front Range peaks, dominating the skyline of the Great Plains along with Pikes Peak, Longs Peak. Mount Evans can be seen from over 100 miles away to the east, Mount Evans dominates the Denver Metropolitan Area skyline, rising over 9,000 feet above the area. Mount Evans can be seen from south of Castle Rock, up to and as far north as Fort Collins. In the early days of Colorado tourism, Mount Evans and Denver were often in competition with Pikes Peak, Mount Evans is the highest peak in a massif known historically as the Chicago Peaks. The peak is 35 miles west of Denver, as the crow flies, at least 7 deep glacial cirques cut into the Chicago Range. The cirques around Mount Evans are the deepest cirques in the Colorado Rockies, the bottoms of many of these contain tarns, the most notable being, Summit Lake at the head of Bear Creek,0. The latter has long been the highest paved road in North America and is open in the summer. The Guanella Pass Scenic Byway passes within 4 miles west of Mount Evans, linking Georgetown and I-70 with Grant, a marked hiking trail roughly parallels the highway from Echo Lake to the summit, and a second marked trail links Guanella Pass to Mount Bierstadt. A difficult side route of the climbs to the northeastern peak of The Sawtooth. Most of the Mount Evans massif is now part of the Mount Evans Wilderness area in Arapaho National Forest, the exception is a narrow corridor along the highway from Echo Lake that is excluded from the wilderness. Summit Lake Park and Echo Lake Park, are part of the historic Denver Mountain Parks system, Mount Evans was originally known as Mount Rosa or Mount Rosalie. Albert Bierstadt named it for the wife of Fitz Hugh Ludlow, the name is also a reference to Monte Rosa, the highest peak in Switzerland. Bierstadts sketch, Mountain Lake, accurately portrays the view of Mount Spalding over the Chicago Lakes and his painting, A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie, is based on that and other sketches. A second claim to be the first to ascend is attributed to Judge Lunt, the Hayden survey reported that Mount Rosalie was 14,330 feet above sea level, measured by triangulation. The history of the Mount Evans Scenic Byway is part of a story of the Denver Mountain Parks system. It ultimately began when the City and County of Denver initiated the construction of a series of automobile “scenic loops” to allow Denverites to explore the mountains. One road circuit, Circle G, was to traverse the ridge to Squaw Pass on to Echo Lake, culminate in a climb up Mt. Evans, and loop down to Idaho Springs
4. Grays Peak – Grays Peak is the tenth-highest summit of the Rocky Mountains of North America and the U. S. state of Colorado. The prominent 14, 278-foot fourteener is the highest summit of the Front Range, Grays Peak is located in Arapahoe National Forest,3.9 miles southeast by east of Loveland Pass on the Continental Divide between Clear Creek and Summit counties. The peak is the highest point in both counties, Grays Peak is one of 53 fourteeners in Colorado. Parry made the first recorded ascent of the summit in 1861, Gray did not see the peak until 1872, eleven years later. Grays Peak is commonly mentioned in conjunction with adjacent Torreys Peak, like the other fourteeners nearby, Grays Peak is considered to be an easy hike by fourteener standards, and is very popular among weekend climbers. Often a climb to the summit of Grays Peak is accompanied by continuing on to Torreys Peak, the main trail, Grays Peak Trail, departs from Stevens Gulch. To get to the Stevens Gulch Trailhead, take I-70 west from Denver about 50 miles to Bakerville Road, from there, take Stevens Gulch Road south about 2.5 miles to the trailhead. As of the summer of 2009, Stevens Gulch Road is still open for traffic, with cuts in the road over two feet deep and large stones in the path, travel to the trailhead is only feasible for high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles, motorcycles or all-terrain vehicles. From the trailhead, it is a hike of about 3.5 miles, the trail, well-marked and well-trodden, begins by following the gulch for a slow rise in elevation, before hitting the steeper slopes. The summit includes a very small U-shaped rock shelter where a log book is maintained, extensive views stretch south to Pikes Peak and the San Luis Valley, east to the Great Plains, West to Silverthorne, and north to Longs Peak and Rocky Mountain National Park. At the climbers option, the trail continues from the north to Torreys Peak. Wildflowers that bloom in the area on the Continental Divide of the Americas include moss campion, alpine forget-me-not, sky pilot, sea pink, old-man-of-the-mountain. Below the tree-line, the blooms of monkshood or wolfsbane, blue columbine, fireweed, and paintbrush can be found. com Grays and Torreys Peaks on TrailCentral. com
5. Grizzly Peak (Summit County, Colorado) – Grizzly Peak is a high mountain summit in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. Its proximate parent peak is Torreys Peak, Grizzly Peak sits along the Continental Divide on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The summit is located near Interstate 70, east of the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel, the larger Grays Peak and Torreys Peak sit nearby, and the closest major town is Silver Plume, Colorado. It is also in proximity to Mount Sniktau, which rises to 13,235 feet at its peak. Other nearby points of interest include Loveland Ski Area, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Keystone Ski Resort, the state of Colorado actually has four other Grizzly Peaks and one Grizzly Mountain on record. The Grizzly Peak in Chaffee County, which sits in the Sawatch Range, is the tallest of these. S. The trailhead begins above the treeline at about 12,000 feet and rises to the peak, visitors can also reach Mount Sniktau, a smaller peak, from the same point along Loveland Pass. From the summit, hikers can see Loveland Pass below them, plus views of nearby Chihuahua Lake and the Arapahoe Basin ski trails. com Grizzly Peak D on SummitPost
6. James Peak – James Peak is a high mountain summit in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The summit is the tripoint of Clear Creek, Gilpin, the peak is the highest point in Gilpin County and the James Peak Wilderness. James Peak is named after Dr. Edwin James, the botanist on Major Stephen H. Longs expedition of 1820, James is the first known person to successfully climb Pikes Peak. James Peak has a south slope that is very popular with hikers. The steep, sheer walls of the east face, offer multiple technical couloirs for snow climbers, skiers, from south to north, these routes are named Bailout, Starlight, Sky Pilot, Shooting Star, and Superstar. List of mountain peaks of Colorado List of Colorado county high points James Peak on 13ers. com James Peak on listsofjohn. com James Peak on peakery. com James Peak on summitpost. org
7. Mount Parnassus (Colorado) – Mount Parnassus is a high mountain summit in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 13, 580-foot thirteener is located in Arapaho National Forest,5.4 miles west-northwest of the Town of Silver Plume in Clear Creek County, Colorado, Mount Parnassus sits east of the Continental Divide in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The summit is located near Interstate 70, the higher Bard Peak, at 13,647 feet, sits nearby, and the closest major town is Silver Plume, Colorado. It is also in proximity to Woods Mountain, Mount Sniktau, Engelmann Peak, Robeson Peak. By automobile, Mount Parnassus is about one hour west of Denver, hikers may reach the summit of the mountain on foot by following the Watrous Gulch Trail, starting at the Herman Gulch Trailhead off of Interstate 70. From the trailhead, visitors must hike roughly 7 miles and gain roughly 3,300 feet in elevation to reach the summit. com Mount Parnassus on SummitPost
8. Parry Peak – Parry Peak, elevation 13,397 ft, is a summit in the Front Range of central Colorado. The peak is on the continental divide southeast of Winter Park in the Arapahoe National Forest, the name honors Charles Christopher Parry, a botanist who made extensive studies of the Colorado mountain flora in the 1860s. It is one of the 637 thirteeners in the state of Colorado, Parry Peak is also the highest peak of the James Group of the Front Range of Colorado
9. Mount Sniktau – Mount Sniktau is a high mountain summit in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 13, 240-foot thirteener is located in Arapaho National Forest,1.6 miles northeast of Loveland Pass in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. The name Sniktau refers to the pen name of Edwin H. N. Patterson, Patterson was a close friend of the famous poet, Edgar Allan Poe, and the two men are known to have exchanged letters in the 1840s. Patterson had moved to Colorado from his native Oquawka, Illinois, in 1875 to become editor of the Colorado Miner and he is buried in Alvarado Cemetery, located near Georgetown. Mount Sniktau sits immediately east of the Continental Divide on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, the summit is located less than a mile south of Interstate 70 and east of the Eisenhower Tunnel. The larger Grays Peak, Torreys Peak, and Mount Parnassus sit within a 5-mile radius of Mount Sniktau, by car, Mount Sniktau sits within the Arapaho National Forest and is roughly one hour west of Denver. The mountains immediate drainage basin is the South Platte River, ultimately, runoff from the peak reaches the Platte River, the Missouri River, the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. The Mount Sniktau trail, which allows hikers to reach the summit of the mountain by foot, is immediately off of a parking lot at Loveland Pass on U. S. Highway 6. Visitors can also reach Grizzly Peak, a mountain, from the same point along Loveland Pass. The walk from the trailhead at Loveland Pass to the peak measures about two miles, but it features an elevation gain of over 1,000 feet in the mile of hiking. Because of its convenient accessibility by automobile from population centers like Denver, Boulder, and Breckenridge. From the summit, hikers see Loveland Pass below them at 11,990 ft, plus views of nearby Grizzly Peak, Grays Peak, Torreys Peak and the Gore Range. Also visible are the skiing runs of the adjacent Loveland Ski Area, as well as those of Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, by early 1972, it was decided to move the alpine events to Vail because the proposals did not meet the Olympic standards. In November 1972, Colorado voters rejected public funding for the Olympics, and the Games were soon relocated to Innsbruck, Austria. com Mount Sniktau on SummitPost
10. Torreys Peak – Torreys Peak is a mountain in the Front Range region of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. It is one of 53 fourteeners in Colorado and its nearest major city is Denver. Torreys Peak is located along the Continental Divide, as well as the division between Clear Creek County and Summit County, the first man to ascend Torreys Peak, botanist Charles C. Parry, named the peak for his botanist colleague John Torrey, Torrey actually did not see the peak until 1872,11 years later. It is nearly always mentioned in conjunction with nearby Grays Peak, there are three main trails used to reach the summit. The first is actually a continuation of Grays Peak Trail to the summit of Grays Peak, see the Grays Peak article for more information on accessing that trail. A popular and challenging variation of this trail follows class-3 Kelso Ridge, the third trail starts at Loveland Pass about 4.5 miles to the northwest. To reach Loveland Pass, follow I-70 west from Denver 55 miles to where US Route 6 breaks off, follow the meandering Route 6 approximately seven miles to the trailhead at Loveland Pass, at an elevation of 11,990 feet. The steepest part of the trail actually begins right away with a half mile climb of 1,000 feet. The trail follows the Continental Divide gently taking the climber down into three saddles and up two more peaks, including Grizzly Peak at 13,427 feet and Mount Sniktau at 13,234 feet, the final saddle rests at approximately 12,600 ft. From this saddle, it is an ascent of 1,800 feet to the final summit. Once at the summit, many opt to continue on to Grays Peak,0.75 miles away, the trail from Torreys Peak to Grays Peak dips down to a 13, 707-foot saddle and then climbs back up to 14,270 feet