Snowmass Peak

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Snowmass Peak
Snowmass Peak rises up out of Snowmass Lake
Highest point
Elevation 13,627 ft (4,154 m) [2][1]
Prominence 120 ft (37 m) [1]
Isolation 0.24 mi (0.39 km) [1]
Parent peak Hagerman Peak[1]
Coordinates 39°06′39″N 107°03′08″W / 39.1108213°N 107.0522687°W / 39.1108213; -107.0522687Coordinates: 39°06′39″N 107°03′08″W / 39.1108213°N 107.0522687°W / 39.1108213; -107.0522687[3]
Snowmass Peak is located in Colorado
Snowmass Peak
Snowmass Peak
Location Gunnison and Pitkin counties, Colorado, United States[3]
Parent range Elk Mountains[1]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Snowmass Mountain, Colorado[3]

Snowmass Peak in the U.S. state of Colorado dominates the view from Snowmass Lake. It is often mistaken for Snowmass Mountain, the thirty-fourth highest mountain peak in the state, as well as for Hagerman Peak. Snowmass Peak is not really a peak but the lower end of Hagerman Peak's east ridge. Natural forced perspective causes the optical illusion that Snowmass Peak is higher than Hagerman Peak though it is actually 221 ft shorter than Hagerman's summit. This illusion combined with its striking rise behind Snowmass Lake justifies it being a named point on USGS topographical maps. It is located in the Elk Mountains, within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness of the White River National Forest. It lies along the border between Pitkin and Gunnison counties, west of Aspen and southwest of the town of Snowmass Village.


The route used to climb Snowmass Peak is the Trail Rider Pass trail to Hagerman Peak. This trail can be accessed by Snowmass Creek approach off Divide Road Snowmass Village or the Geneva Lake trail. It is possible to reach the summit between Hagerman Peak and Snowmass Mountain, but is much more difficult.

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Snowmass Peak, Colorado". Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ The elevation of Snowmass Peak includes an adjustment of +1.981 m (+6.50 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  3. ^ a b c "Snowmass Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 

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