Kit Carson Mountain

Westcliffe, Colorado 81252

Kit Carson Mountain

Kit Carson Mountain Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A long, high traverse, almost classified a technical scramble, to one of Colorado’s hardest 14,000-foot peaks. The big, exposed slope can be unnerving for all but the hardiest peak baggers.

From the trailhead, hike 2.5 miles along CR 120 to a junction with Trail 1339. Take the left fork toward the southwest. Curve right (north), past the wilderness boundary, and continue climbing steadily into the upper valley. The trail enters the forest again and rejoins the creek below the lower lake. Here are the first good views of the very impressive Crestone Needle."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
Best July to September
11,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
14,165 feet
Top Elevation
Rio Grande National Forest, San Isabel National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Crestone Peak, Beck Mountain
Local Maps

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