Hike the Spearhead

Glacier Gorge Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Kyle Frost

A class III hiking alternative to one of the most iconic and unique peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park

Beginning from the Glacier Gorge trailhead, follow trail signs towards Mills Lake. At Mills, continue onward past Black Lake, and then continue hiking up into the incredible basin above Black Lake. Spearhead will be unmissable.

Once in the basin, head to the north side of Spearhead. By hugging the base of Spearhead and wrapping around to this north side, you'll eventually encounter an obvious ramp heading up to the ridge. Follow this ramp up, and then pick your poison for the rest of the way up to the summit ridge. With careful route choices, you should never have to exceed Class II, although there are plenty of options for some fun Class IV variations.

Follow the summit ridge to the left, eventually reaching the precipitous summit of Spearhead. The last section to the summit itself is very exposed, so step carefully.

Distance

11.5 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

3300 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Hiking

Forest
Lake
Scenic

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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