James Peak

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James Peak
Photo by Tim Starr, all rights reserved.

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.

Elevation (feet): 13,294
Elevation (meters): 4,052
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Front Range
State: Colorado
Latitude: 39.8522
Longitude: -105.69
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug
Nearest major airport: Denver
Convenient Center: Winter Park

Thanks to Steve LaGreca for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

There are 11 trip reports for James Peak.

  • Log #16099 - by Chris Knight on July 16, 20043.00 stars
    This is an easy hike with no technical skills required provided you don't go up the (east) steep side. The drive up to the trailhead is on paved road. After a mile up the trail, there is nice scenery...
  • Log #16100 - by T Harmon on July 15, 20043.00 stars
    nice climb, we climbed it without knowing what peak it was after climbing up the glacier.
  • Log #16101 - by Kevin Kelley on June 23, 20043.00 stars
    Camped at the east end of James Peak Lake- absolutly beautiful (between rains)! Cold and rainy this year. Would like to get the history behind the white extended cab pickup that rolled down the...
  • Log #16102 - by Zeke on Sep 04, 20033.00 stars
    Great climb, highly recommended. we did it a little late in the season, it was more of a mixed effort then.
  • Log #16103 - by Scott Patterson on Aug 19, 20033.00 stars
    My wife Kimberly, fifteen month old Kessler, and myself had a pretty late start after 10:00 AM (it takes a little longer to get ready when you have a little guy)from the railroad trestle. We made it...
  • Log #16104 - by Leroy Camel on Feb 08, 20023.00 stars
    Hiked up from the East and enjoyed a great view. I was with a party of folks who did this every 4th of July. We carried plastic garbage bags up and used them to slide down a long snow field. What fun!
  • Log #16105 - by Jon Bradford on Nov 18, 20013.00 stars
    James Peak is a fun mountain with easy access. St. Mary's Glacier (er permanent snow field) provides an interestting escalator to the broad tundra on Jame's east side. From this flat expanse...
  • Log #16106 - by Ian A. Johnson on June 04, 20013.00 stars
    During the spring or winter, if avalanche conditions aren't too bad, head straight up the slope on good snow, and by-pass the run around. The wind dies down for a couple hourse around 8:00p.m. and...
  • Log #16107 - by Dan Singhisen on Mar 20, 20013.00 stars
    Summited James several times as a training hike and winter training hike for S. American peaks. Perfect for easy access and tough conditions training. If climbing in bad conditions please keep a...
  • Log #16108 - by Steve LaGreca on Mar 19, 20013.00 stars
    Our first trip up James Peak was stopped just beyond Rogers Pass by some nasty looking clouds. After about 15 minutes of hiking down at a pretty fast clip, we looked back and saw Ole Jim was in the...
  • Log #21721 - by Ryan Meral on July 28, 20093.00 stars
    Went up via the Mary Glacier route. Hiked up above the glacier, through the valley, and followed the route up the left side all the way up to the top. Great views. Watch for weather.