Best Climbing in Colorado

This list represents the most popular climbing in Colorado. Use this list to plan your next Colorado climbing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Maroon Bells Traverse - North Maroon Peak to South Maroon Peak

    1 Reviews

    Aspen, CO

    “The Deadly Bells!” This persistent name has been earned due to the number of fatalities on these peaks. Many of the accidents have occurred in the couloirs rather than on the ridge route described ...
    •  12 hours plus approach time
    •  10.8 miles
    •  Guide

    “The Deadly Bells!” This persistent name has been earned due to the number of fatalities on these peaks. Many of the accidents ...

  • #2 Mount Bierstadt to Mount Evans - Sawtooth Ridge

    1 Reviews

    Silver Plume, CO

    An easy trail up Mt. Bierstadt followed by a fun scramble over the Sawtooth to the long west ridge of Mt. Evans. Easy scrambling takes you to the summit of Mt. Evans. Return by retracing your ...
    •  10 hours plus approach time
    •  9.9 miles
    •  Guide

    An easy trail up Mt. Bierstadt followed by a fun scramble over the Sawtooth to the long west ridge of Mt. Evans. Easy scrambling ...

  • #3 Rocky Mountain National Park Trails

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    Estes Park, CO

    Glaciation has left its indelible imprint here like nowhere else in Colorado. The park contains valley after valley of glacial lakes placed one after another like beads on a string. In excavating ...
    •  355 miles
    •  Guide

    Glaciation has left its indelible imprint here like nowhere else in Colorado. The park contains valley after valley of glacial ...

  • #4 Engineer Mountain

    1 Reviews

    Cascade, CO

    This is a fun, short scramble on a famous landmark. Driving along US 550, south of Silverton, you have probably seen this peak many times. One of these times you should stop and climb it. It’s ...
    •  4–5 hours plus approach time
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a fun, short scramble on a famous landmark. Driving along US 550, south of Silverton, you have probably seen this ...

  • #5 Mount Meeker and Longs Peak via The Loft and Clark's Arrow

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    Estes Park, CO

    This route is an excellent way to combine the normal route up Meeker with a great, less traveled route on Longs Peak. Clark’s Arrow Route is not much harder than the Keyhole (standard) route, ...
    •  12 hours plus approach time
    •  13.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This route is an excellent way to combine the normal route up Meeker with a great, less traveled route on Longs Peak. Clark’s ...

  • #6 Vermillion and Golden Horn

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    Ophir, CO

    Moderate scrambles on two peaks with an interesting 3rd class descent. These two peaks combine well in a day, whether from the Ice Basin trailhead or from a camp at Ice Lake. While easier than ...
    •  5 hours plus approach time
    •  4.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Moderate scrambles on two peaks with an interesting 3rd class descent. These two peaks combine well in a day, whether from ...

  • #7 Navajo Peak - Airplane Gully

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    Ward, CO

    A trail hike, followed by off-trail scrambling (class 2) to the summit block. A few class 3 moves on ledges get you to the summit. One of the most impressive peaks in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, ...
    •  7 hours plus approach time
    •  9.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A trail hike, followed by off-trail scrambling (class 2) to the summit block. A few class 3 moves on ledges get you to the ...

  • #8 Lone Eagle Peak

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    Ward, CO

    This great peak is one of the few peaks you’ll climb where the summit is undeniably not the high point of the ridge. Nevertheless, it makes a fine scramble, even by its easiest route. As of August ...
    •  5 hours plus approach time
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    This great peak is one of the few peaks you’ll climb where the summit is undeniably not the high point of the ridge. Nevertheless, ...

  • #9 Mount Sneffels - Southwest Ridge

    1 Reviews

    Ouray, CO

    Truly a classic, this ridge provides an impressive backdrop to Yankee Boy Basin. The spectacular pinnacles that dominate the lower part of the ridge might scare off the aspiring scrambler, but ...
    •  6 hours plus approach time
    •  5.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Truly a classic, this ridge provides an impressive backdrop to Yankee Boy Basin. The spectacular pinnacles that dominate ...

  • #10 El Punto

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    Ophir, CO

    This peak has been described as “a smaller version of Lizard Head Peak.” Certainly, the summit block has the same aiguille-like appearance and is similarly composed of fractured volcanic rock. ...
    •  5 hours plus approach time
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    This peak has been described as “a smaller version of Lizard Head Peak.” Certainly, the summit block has the same aiguille-like ...

  • #11 South Arapaho to North Arapaho Traverse

    1 Reviews

    Nederland, CO

    This relatively short climb provides a good introduction to ridge scrambling. Additionally, spectacular views of the Indian Peaks Wilderness reward the climber. In early season (usually best ...
    •  6–7 hours plus approach time
    •  8.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This relatively short climb provides a good introduction to ridge scrambling. Additionally, spectacular views of the Indian ...

  • #12 Longs Peak

    2 Reviews

    Estes Park, CO

    Longs Peak, Colorado’s fifteenth highest mountain at 14,259 feet high, lords over Rocky Mountain National Park as its highest and most famous peak. Longs Peak dominates the park as well as the ...
    •  13.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Longs Peak, Colorado’s fifteenth highest mountain at 14,259 feet high, lords over Rocky Mountain National Park as its highest ...

  • #13 Lookout Peak

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    Silverton, CO

    If you have a few spare hours while in the Silverton area, consider this climb. It is a short, fun scramble providing spectacular views from the summit. This peak is in the heart of the San Juans ...
    •  3 hours plus approach time
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    If you have a few spare hours while in the Silverton area, consider this climb. It is a short, fun scramble providing spectacular ...

  • #14 Arrow Peak - North East Face

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    Needleton, CO

    A long backpack to a camp below Vestal Lake, and a short steep scramble on 3rd and possibly 4th class terrain. Many people consider this to be the finest scramble in the area. Sustained frictioning ...
    •  3.5 hours plus approach time
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    A long backpack to a camp below Vestal Lake, and a short steep scramble on 3rd and possibly 4th class terrain. Many people ...

  • #15 Harvard to Columbia Traverse

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    Vicksburg, CO

    One of the famous “fourteener traverses,” the Harvard-Columbia ridge is also one of the longest. This traverse is typically accomplished by dropping down on the east side of the ridge several ...
    •  10 hours plus approach time
    •  14.6 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the famous “fourteener traverses,” the Harvard-Columbia ridge is also one of the longest. This traverse is typically ...

  • #16 Long Peak - Keiner's Route

    0 Reviews

    Estes Park, CO

    This is one of the more committing routes in this book, and is a serious undertaking. Steep snow and technical rock (5.4), combined with route-finding issues and lack of an easy escape when the ...
    •  12–15 hours plus approach time
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    This is one of the more committing routes in this book, and is a serious undertaking. Steep snow and technical rock (5.4), ...

  • #17 US Grant

    0 Reviews

    Ophir, CO

    An enjoyable climb characterized by one short, difficult section close to the summit. This peak has a reputation as one of the most difficult of the top two hundred peaks in Colorado. In fact, ...
    •  3 hours plus approach time
    •  3.4 miles
    •  Guide

    An enjoyable climb characterized by one short, difficult section close to the summit. This peak has a reputation as one of ...

  • #18 The Knife - Babcock Peak to Spiller Peak

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    La Plata, CO

    Babcock Peak to Spiller Peak via the Knife is one of the finest ridge traverses in the state. "The Knife" looks fearsome from any vantage point, but in reality this ridge is quite moderate, although ...
    •  5.0 hours plus approach time
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Babcock Peak to Spiller Peak via the Knife is one of the finest ridge traverses in the state. "The Knife" looks fearsome ...

  • #19 Pilot Knob

    0 Reviews

    Ophir, CO

    A short, stiff climb on generally loose scree, finishing with exposed scrambling on better rock. Pilot Knob has a reputation as one of the more difficult climbs in the “Bicentennials.” Perhaps ...
    •  4–5 hours plus approach time
    •  2.8 miles
    •  Guide

    A short, stiff climb on generally loose scree, finishing with exposed scrambling on better rock. Pilot Knob has a reputation ...

  • #20 Little Bear to Blanca Traverse

    0 Reviews

    Blanca, CO

    Backpack approach, with short but steep 3rd and 4th class scramble to the ridge, followed by exposed 3rd and 4th class scrambling along ridge on excellent rock. What, another fourteener traverse, ...
    •  7–8 hours plus approach time
    •  4.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Backpack approach, with short but steep 3rd and 4th class scramble to the ridge, followed by exposed 3rd and 4th class scrambling ...