Cimarron, Colorado 81220


Heisshorn Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A short backpack into the Middle Fork Basin; moderate trail hike to a pass with a steep, difficult scramble on extremely loose rock. From the trailhead hike for 5.2 miles on a good trail to the saddle between Heisshorn and El Punto (EP1).

You will pass several well-marked side trails to Porphyry Basin and the Coxcomb Trail; you will then pass below Precipice Mountain and Coxcomb to your right. If you are planning to climb the other peaks from this basin, consider camping near the junction with the Coxcomb Trail (C1)."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,900 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours plus approach time
July to October
11,458 feet
Trailhead Elevation
13,411 feet
Top Elevation
Uncompahgre National Forest, Ouray Ranger District, Big Blue Wiliderness
Local Contacts
USGS Wetterhorn Peak, USGS Courthouse Mountain
Local Maps

Trail Log