Grizzly Peak (Sawatch Range)

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Grizzly Peak
Grizzly Peak is located in Colorado
Grizzly Peak
Grizzly Peak
Highest point
Elevation13,995 ft (4265.6 m) [2] NAVD88
Prominence1928 ft (588 m) [3]
Isolation6.77 mi (10.89 km) [3]
Coordinates39°02′33″N 106°35′51″W / 39.0424631°N 106.5975938°W / 39.0424631; -106.5975938Coordinates: 39°02′33″N 106°35′51″W / 39.0424631°N 106.5975938°W / 39.0424631; -106.5975938[2]
LocationContinental Divide between
Chaffee and Pitkin counties, Colorado, United States[1]
Parent rangeSawatch Range,
Collegiate Peaks[3]
Topo mapUSGS 7.5' topographic map
Independence Pass, Colorado[2]
Age of rockOligocene (~ 24–33 million yrs)
Easiest routeScramble, class 2+

Grizzly Peak is a high and prominent mountain summit of the Collegiate Peaks in the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 13,995-foot (4265.6 m) thirteener is located 2.6 miles (4.2 km) south-southwest (bearing 202°) of Independence Pass, Colorado, United States, on the Continental Divide separating San Isabel National Forest and Chaffee County from White River National Forest and Pitkin County.[2][3][1]


Grizzly Peak is the highest summit in the United States less than 14,000 feet (4,267.2 m), making it the highest thirteener in the country. At one time, the peak's elevation was measured to be over 14,000 feet and was believed to be a fourteener, but more recent and accurate surveys have dropped it below that threshold.


The mountain is composed of andesite lava flows and breccias of Oligocene age.[4]

Historical names[edit]

  • Grizzly Mountain
  • Grizzly Peak [1]

Other summits with same name[edit]

Grizzly Peak is not only the name of Colorado's highest thirteener, but the state has four other Grizzly Peaks plus one Grizzly Mountain on the list:[5]

Rank Mountain Height Range
54 Grizzly Peak 13,995 ft (4,266 m) Sawatch Range
130 Grizzly Peak 13,738 ft (4,187 m) San Juan Mountains
142 Grizzly Mountain 13,708 ft (4,178 m) Sawatch Range
145 Grizzly Peak 13,700 ft (4,176 m) San Juan Mountains
302 Grizzly Peak 13,427 ft (4,093 m) Front Range
415 Grizzly Peak 13,281 ft (4,048 m) Sawatch Range

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Grizzly Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "GRIZZLY". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "Grizzly Peak, Colorado". Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  4. ^ "GSA Program for 1999 Annual Meeting, Continental Divide - Sawatch Range and James Peak, Colorado". Retrieved 2007-03-03.
  5. ^ "Colorado's Summits – 13,000 to 13,999 feet". Retrieved 2007-03-02.

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