Distance

9 Miles

Elevation Gain

5000 Feet

Activities

Photography, Hiking, Rock Climbing

Skill

Advanced

Season

Summer

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Piper Wolters

Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Summit the most difficult peak above 13,113 ft in Colorado! Not to mention the 100th tallest mountain in CO. 

Start at the Mill Creek Trailhead near Telluride. Hike about half a mile on the Deep Creek Trail and then you will reach a junction. Continue left until you reach another intersection. Go right this time. Continue for almost 2 miles until you are almost due south of the summit. Leave the trail and head north toward's the south face where you will find a gully. Ascend the right side of this, up to a cliff band. Climb through the class 3 cliff band. Then climb over this and hop on a faint climber's trail. You will head towards the NE to a slight foot ridge at about 13,000 ft. And another one 200 ft later. Go up north, cross a gully on Dallas' east face, ascend west to a cliff band, and slide over about 110 ft south. Then you will hit some class 4 as you reach the base of the summit tower. There will be yet another gully with a large chockstone. Find the gully slightly north of this and climb up it. Once you reach the top of what looks like a ramp, head down 50 ft to the north face.

At this point, most groups rope up. It is a 10 ft crack ascent, another 10 ft of easier holds, and a final push of class 5.2. 

The summit is smaller than most are used to, so don't go flying off the edge. And don't drop the rope.

For the descent, you will need a 60 meter rope. It is an 85 ft rappel down the vertical northeast corner of the summit tower. There is webbing situated around a sturdy block on the northeast side of the summit. Was in good condition as of Summer 2016. To finish, go through a hole and end the rappel in the large gully that lies below the large chockstone.

And head back the way you came. Prepare for a long, exhausting day..But also VERY rewarding!! 

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $129/night

Far View Lodge

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

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Distance

9 Miles

Elevation Gain

5000 Feet

Activities

Photography, Hiking, Rock Climbing

Skill

Advanced

Season

Summer

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Piper Wolters

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