Wilson Peak

Featured photo of Wilson Peak

Wilson Peak is the dominant peak on the west side of highway 145. Like its higher neighbor, Mount Wilson, Wilson Peak is named after A.D. Wilson of the Hayden Survey. Although a good bit of exposed scrambling is required to reach its summit, Wilson Peak is considered easier to climb than its two higher neighbors, Mount Wilson and El Diente.

Elevation (feet): 14,017
Elevation (meters): 4,272
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: San Juan Mountains
State: Colorado
Latitude: 37.8603
Longitude: -107.984
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Telluride
Convenient Center: Telluride

Thanks to Kirk Mallory for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

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

There are 24 trip reports for Wilson Peak.

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  • Log #22245 - by Patrick L. Lilly on Sep 14, 2011
    Climbed from the new Rock of Ages TH, which has replaced the old Silver Pick Basin trail. The route is longer than the old one, but still the shortest route to Wilson Peak. A very good trail leads to...
  • Log #22233 - by Stephen Klemich on Aug 18, 2011
    A scramble day out. nothing technical. nice to have a big day out.
  • Log #19777 - by Matt Van Wieren on Sep 27, 2006
    Celebrated the fourth with friends by hiking this peak. Lower Col is a talus hike, along with a slightly steeper upper Col. Moving through the notch and hiking the upper portions very enjoyable, with...
  • Log #9740 - by Robert Gardner on Sep 02, 2004
    After climbing Mount Wilson the day before we headed for Wilson Peak on Saturday the 21st. Left camp at Navaho Lake around 7:10 and summited at 10:30. Another excellent climb and this was our 2nd...
  • Log #9741 - by Tanner Goff on Aug 31, 2004
    As we set out on the Kilpacker trail at 6:30 A.M. it was a chilling 21 degrees. We originally planned to hike to the top of El Diente, however we missed the turn for the South summit trail and knew...
  • Log #9742 - by Kara Diamond- Husmann on July 23, 2004
    My husband and i went to Telluride for the week and stayed at the Wyndham peaks resort. the hotel faces Wilson peak and wesat in the lobby and said, "We will be on top tomorrow!" As we went...
  • Log #9743 - by Vincent Vecchiotti on Dec 30, 2003
    My wife Karla and I were the 1st couple to be married on the summit of Wilson Peak. We chose Wilson Peak mainly because of its beauty and because it's the only 14er in San Miguel county nearby to...
  • Log #9744 - by pete carter on Nov 26, 2003
    decided to go up left side of nw face, hit north ridge at about 13,400'. north ridge to summit mostly 3rd class broken rock, with a couple of cleaner 4th class short rock aretes. bit windy, but...
  • Log #9745 - by Brian McCarthy on Nov 26, 2003
    Nice hike with just a little bit of class 3 to make it interesting!
  • Log #9746 - by Paul Weber on July 09, 2003
    This was an awesome experience, I camped out at Navajo Lake and sumitted the peak the next day. The climb was more technical that my first climb (Mt. Sneffels) but I was up for the challenge.
  • Log #9747 - by Michael Jake on July 07, 2003
    From Navaho Lake - 'Grand Slam' Wilson Peak to Gladstone, to Mount Wilson to El Diente.
  • Log #9748 - by Derek Silverman on June 15, 2003
    We were three young lads who wanted to climb a 14er in the Telluride area, the debate was between Mount Sneffels and Wilson Peak. After extensive talk with local climbers we decided to go with the...
  • Log #9749 - by Chris Barron on June 03, 2003
    Summited from a camp in the Navajo Basin. It was smooth sailing until the last 30 feet or so which is a short class 3 scamble. Beautiful view of the San Juans! Climbed with my longtime climbing...
  • Log #9750 - by Jeremy Stroop on June 02, 2003
    2001 was my second attempt at this peak. Both attemtps were from camps at Navajo Basin. I have had few campsites better than the two I have had at Navajo. Wilson was my first attempt at a 14er, and...
  • Log #9751 - by John Massura on Mar 28, 2003
    Working as a bellman/valet at The Doral Telluride Resort and Spa. Climbed it with some friends from work. Absolutely amazing
  • Log #9752 - by Brook Laskey on June 27, 2002
    Climbed with Kirk Allen via Silver Pick access to the west of Telluride. Fairly easy hike with some exposed climbing towards the end. Camped in Navajo Basin that night at the headwaters of the...
  • Log #9753 - by James Voss on Sep 24, 2001
    This was my 3rd 14er and it went fairly well up to the crux. The crux was a bit intimidating, but with my brother egging me on (he needed someone to take his picture at the summit) and clear blue sky...
  • Log #9754 - by Mason C. on July 21, 2001
    Hike was nice. Wish i could have done all three peaks but my group wast up to it, great summit nevertheless.
  • Log #9755 - by Neal E. Henzler on May 21, 2001
    Parked at first trailhead, 10,000'. Only had to walk about 1/4 mile before reached skiable snow, but melting fast. Skied on great spring snow up to Rock of Ages saddle, intending SW ridge route. Snow...
  • Log #9756 - by john on Jan 22, 2001
    this was quite a climb, next time i think its wise to break up the climb into two days jd out
  • Log #9757 - by Matt Kirk on Nov 03, 2000
    Greetings 14er climbers and enthusiasts. I just wanted to let everyone know that there should be a 14ers forum coming soon at http://www.trailjournals.com. If you have the time, please come by and...
  • Log #9758 - by Sergey Ushakov on June 02, 2000
    Climbed from the Silver Pick trailhead. Weather and snow conditions were perfect - no need for snowshoes and crampons. Ascend via Southwest Ridge. What a view of San Juans opens when you rich small...
  • Log #9759 - by Brent Hoyer on Oct 29, 1999
    What an interesting hike it was on the way up to Wilson Peak. It was a challenging hike through swift colorado rivers, grapple storms and rain, rain, rain. But even the majority of the conditions of...
  • Log #9760 - by Kirk Mallory on June 07, 1999
    Started from below the Silver Pick Basin trailhead at 6:15 AM. The area had about 4 to 6 inches higher up. The snow was very tricky to climb to the Rock of Ages Saddle, with the new powder on top of...