Parkview Mountain

Elevation (feet): 12,296
Elevation (meters): 3,748
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Central Colorado Ranges
State: Colorado
Latitude: 40.3303
Longitude: -106.136
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Denver, CO
Convenient Center: Granby, CO

Thanks to Fred Spicker for adding this peak.

Parkview Mountain is located on the Continental Divide in Grand and Jackson Counties, Colorado, about 20 miles northwest of Granby and 30 miles south of Walden. It is the highest and most massive peak in the east-west-trending Rabbit Ears Range which separates North and Middle Parks.

Geologic mapping of Parkview Mountain shows the highest parts of the mountain to be a stock of quartz latite porphyry intruding the Middle Park Formation of Late Cretaceous and Early Tertiary age. Two dike systems, composed of quartz latite porphyry dikes of pre-stock and post-stock ages are also present on the mountain. The post-stock dikes show a roughly radial pattern about the stock. A quartz monzonite intrusive not exposed in outcrop, but intersected by drilling is present at depth under the mountain.

Minor copper, lead, zinc and silver mineralization occurs in brecciated and silicified contact zones and in veins in the area. In the late 1960's through the mid 1970's Parkview Mountain was studied for the potential of a molybdenum deposit.

A very detailed description of the geology can be found in an unpublished Masters Thesis entitled "The Geology, Alteration, and Mineralization of Parkview Mountain, Grand and Jackson Counties, Colorado" by Fredrick Allen Spicker, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, May 1973.

Trip Reports

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

There are 8 trip reports for Parkview Mountain.

Select any entry from the list below:

  • Log #18740 - by Erick Bohm on Feb 14, 2006
    Some years are more difficult than others depending on snow accumulations. Clear days turn into white out conditions in the matter of minutes. Beautiful view overlooking the mountains surrounding.
  • Log #9572 - by Robert Ury on Sep 25, 2002
    This mountain was a lot of fun both times. There is an awesome view of the mountains around it.
  • Log #9573 - by Scott Ready on June 25, 2001
    Wonderful mountain to climb, especially on a clear day in June! My 2 children and 2 dogs also enjoyed the experience. For a complete travelogue and a virtual hike experience, start with...
  • Log #9574 - by Dustin Kriz on Feb 28, 2001
    I found it to be a challenge although I made it up the hardest part. I shall return to conquer it next summer. Along with my pal Alex Fowler.
  • Log #9575 - by Alex Fowler on Feb 28, 2001
    I found the climb difficult because of no oxygen. I come from 700ft. I look forward to climbing it again this summer in june and putting a flag on top.
  • Log #9576 - by Anthony Cohen on Aug 22, 2000
    It was on the 9th August that Danny Ackerman and myself ascended Parkview Mountain. We departed from the King Mountain Ranch at 6.15 am and arrived at the summit at about 10.40am. The ascent was...
  • Log #9577 - by DANNY ACKERMAN on Aug 21, 2000
    WONDERFUL WALK.SPACTACULAR FIRST EVER VIEWS LOOKING DOWN ONTO WYOMING AND ACROSS TO ROCKY MTN NAT PARK.
  • Log #9578 - by Fred Spicker on May 30, 1999
    In the course of geologic mapping, I reached the summit numerous times from all directions and even spent several nights there in the abandoned lookout.