Ptarmigan Peak

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This is an off-trail, straight forward hike from Weston Pass. Hike NE from the top of the

pass up the alpine grass and talus to the 13,200 foot ridge crest. Weston Peak is the isolated summit a half mile down the ridge to the SE. Turn left (North) and hike the ridge. There was still a large cornice clinging to the east side of the ridge up to the 13500 foot ridge point with some great exposure. You can bypass this by staying just off the ridge creat to the left (west). The summit of Ptarmigan is another half mile further North. The exposed south ridge still had snow all the way to the summit in the middle of July, or one could boulder hop to the summit up the sw face of the summit cone. The CMC register is right next to the USGS benchmark. Awesome views of the Sawatch Range to the west, and the rest of the Mosquito Range to the North. Pikes Peak was visable on the horizon to the SE with Weston Peak immediately to the SE. Combine Ptarmigan Peak with Weston Peak for a fun morning hike, or for a longer hike one could continue North along the ridge crest for 3 more miles to the summit of Horseshoe Mountain and Finnback Nob.

Elevation (feet): 13,739
Elevation (meters): 4,188
Continent: North America
Country: United States
State: Colorado
Latitude: 39.1506
Longitude: -106.174
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: Denver
Convenient Center: Fairplay and Leadville

Thanks to Paul R Stern for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 3 trip reports for Ptarmigan Peak.

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  • Log #16691 - by Jim Lombard on July 15, 2003
    One of the prettiest hikes anywhere. The wildflowers were spectacular. 16 of us summitted as a gentle beginning to a peak bagging trip. Great fun
  • Log #16692 - by Michael Jake on May 06, 2002
    Hiked up from Weston Pass with Lori Fleury. Great views of the Sawatch Range!
  • Log #16693 - by Paul R Stern on July 16, 2001
    I climbed this peak via the Weston Pass route. I stayed on the ridge crest for this climb, and was able to climb on an exposed snow cornice (ice axe - no crampons) all the way to the summit. Great...