Pitkin Creek Trailhead

Vail, Colorado

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This four-pack of peaks offers an airy, peaceful ridge walk after quite a bit of work to get up there. Despite the off-trail nature of the route, none of these peaks ever get over Class 2+ in technical difficulty. The trick here is finding the best place to leave the well-manicured Pitkin Creek Trail and find your way into the basin below Mount Solitude. After that, it’s a straight-up hike on slopes that are solid but peppered with slick rocks. Mount Solitude is the featured attraction, but since you’re up here . . . why not add on a few other summits?
Best Summit Hikes: Denver to Vail

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Best Summit Hikes: Denver to Vail

by James Dziezynski (Wilderness Press)

This four-pack of peaks offers an airy, peaceful ridge walk after quite a bit of work to get up there. Despite the off-trail nature of the route, none of these peaks ever get over Class 2+ in technical difficulty.

The trick here is finding the best place to leave the well-manicured Pitkin Creek Trail and find your way into the basin below Mount Solitude. After that, it’s a straight-up hike on slopes that are solid but peppered with slick rocks. Mount Solitude is the featured attraction, but since you’re up here . . . why not add on a few other summits?

© 2016 James Dziezynski/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Climbing, Hiking
Nearby City: Vail
Distance: 10.8
Elevation Gain: 4,850 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6-9 hours
Class: Class 2
Season: June-October
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Pitkin Creek Trailhead

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