Photo by Tim Starr
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug|
|Nearest major airport:||Denver|
|Convenient Center:||Winter Park|
Thanks to Steve LaGreca for adding this peak.
James peak is located in the Rosevelt National Forest. It's 13,294ft high. To get there, you have two ways. On the east side traveling on I-70 just west of Idaho Springs, take the Fall River Road/St. Mary's Glacier turnoff. Drive north for approximately ten miles. The trailhead has two parking lots: a big "overflow" lot that will be on your left and one further up and to the right that is closer to the trailhead. This route is four miles, one way. The other way is from the west side. Go west on I-70 to mile marker 232 and take highway 40 over Berthoud Pass. Continue on to Winter Park. Look for a road, on the right just beyond the Winter Park entrance. The off the highway sign will say Corona Pass Moffat road County road 80/ FDR 149 Continue on 149 through several intersections. Along this road are many beautiful views of the Winter Park ski area. About 9 miles up the road you will see an old train trestle, stay on the road until you get to the top of the trestle, there is space for a few cars near the trestle. The trailhead to Rogers Pass and James Peak starts here. It' an old jeep trail with barricades in front (boulders and posts). From here the trail rises gently out of the tree line to about four switchbacks that take you to the top of a ridge and around a bend for you first look at James Peak. The trail continues to a split. The left trail takes you to Rogers Pass. Rogers took a load of wagons from the east over here in 1868, before Berthoud Pass. The second trip ended in disaster. The right trail takes you to James Peak on a somewhat easy hike to the base of the peak. Then it gets tough when you get into the boulders. But the view on top is well worth the few 100 yards of boulder hoping. This route is 3.5 miles one way.
Thanks to Steve LaGreca for this description.