Kit Carson Mountain

Featured photo of Kit Carson Mountain

Kit Carson Mountain includes 3 significant summits, the highest being Kit Carson Peak. The other two are Challenger Point (14,081), and an unnamed 13,980 foot peak. This unnamed peak is sometimes called "Kat Carson." Many people climb over Challenger Point from the western approach, then pick up a ledge called "Kit Carson Avenue" to a Class 3 gully. From the east, people usually climb over Point 13,980 to reach the same Class 3 gully. There are awesome views from the summit of the San Luis Valley to the west and Crestone Peak to the south.

Elevation (feet): 14,165
Elevation (meters): 4,318
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sangre de Cristo Range
State: Colorado
Latitude: 37.9797
Longitude: -105.602
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1916
First successful climber(s): Albert R. Ellingwood
Nearest major airport: Denver or Colorado Springs
Convenient Center: Crestone

Thanks to Kirk Mallory for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

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

There are 16 trip reports for Kit Carson Mountain.

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  • Log #20972 - by Patrick L. Lilly on Aug 23, 2007
    Daughter Trisha and I hiked up the Willow Creek trail Saturdazy evening, reaching Willow Lake shortly before sunset. Camped just above the lake. Climbed Challenger Point first (summit about 8:30 am...
  • Log #10149 - by Cameron Vest on Sep 01, 2004
    What an awesome climb. Weather was beautiful and conditions were perfect. Reached summit via the Challenger Point route. Would like to clarify route description; After crossing the creek at the top...
  • Log #10150 - by Mike Kosel on Aug 04, 2004
    Great climb from Willow Lake trailhead. THe Kit Carson Avenue ledge system and final gulley not as hard as we thought -- Class II+ at best. Better to camp at the lake than try the whole thing in one...
  • Log #10151 - by Mark Green on May 17, 2004
    Me and a friend got Snowed on in August. i was leary about getting out. But it was not bad after all.
  • Log #10152 - by Tee Baker on Sep 12, 2003
    Nice climb. Final ridge to Challenger Point exposed but fun. Not too bad from Challenger over to summit of Kit thanks to the convenient ledge on the South of Kit Carson. Camped previous night at one...
  • Log #10153 - by Jason Halladay on Aug 26, 2002
    With a high camp in Spanish Creek were we able to climb the North Buttrees of Crestone Peak, do the traverse to the Crestone Needle, descend to Broken Hand pass then over to Humboldt Summit. From...
  • Log #10154 - by Stephen Boyer on Aug 15, 2002
    Great views from top. Trails in this area not well marked in places. On the way down easy to miss the return trail back to Kit Carson Ave. on the south west side of the mountain.
  • Log #10155 - by Michael Jake on Sep 24, 2001
    A flatlander Friend and I camped at South Colony Lake. Our plan was to climb Crestone Peak and then do the Traverse to the Needle. Hard Ice and snow in the NW Coulior put a stop to that. We retreated...
  • Log #10156 - by Scott Kelley on Sep 22, 2001
    Tim Callaway, Kit Werley, and I came up the Class 4 North Ridge to Kit Carson's summit. Thankfully, the conditions were great because of the steepness and exposure on the upper part of the ridge. The...
  • Log #10157 - by Dan Wiedrich on Sep 07, 2001
    It was a beautiful day. We went up the north slopes/west ridge of Challenger Point. It was pretty easy going most of the way. The Kit Carson Avenue was extremely obvious and easy.
  • Log #10158 - by Andrew Hay on July 09, 2001
    The alleyway had some snow on it which made for an exciting moment of exposure and fear. A beautiful day on a beautiful mountain!
  • Log #10159 - by Charles Winterscheid on Dec 31, 2000
    My friend Jeff Peterson, his dog Kate, and myself decided to visit Crestone, Colorado and climb a mountain. Jeff is from Texas and had not had any real climbing experiences to date so I was more than...
  • Log #10160 - 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 If you have the time, please come by and...
  • Log #10161 - by Scott Kramer on Aug 15, 2000
    Nice waterfall at the base of the mountain.
  • Log #10163 - by Ken Whittenburg on July 08, 1999
    Summited with Kirk Mallory, as below. The ice/snow covered Avenue was plain scary.
  • Log #10164 - by Kirk Mallory on June 24, 1999
    We used the beautiful but long Willow Creek approach. We camped Saturday night above Willow Lake, then climbed up the Kirk Couloir, which leads to the saddle between Challenger Point and Kit Carson....