Clark Peak

Elevation (feet): 12,951
Elevation (meters): 3,947
Continent: North America
Country: United States
State: Colorado
Latitude: 40.607176
Longitude: -105.929489
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Denver International
Convenient Center: Fort Collins, Colorado

Thanks to James Conley for adding this peak.

At 12,951 ft, Clark Peak is the highest mountain in the Medicine Bow Mountains. Clark Peak is also the high point of Jackson County and is the tallest Colorado Peak this far north The Medicine Bow Mountains stretch about 100 miles from Cameron Pass in the northern part of Colorado up into Wyoming and terminate near the town of Medicine Bow. In Colorado, the range consists of one long spine of peaks that makes up the boundary between Jackson County on the west and Larimer County on the east. Few of these rugged peaks are named and the ones that are look to be the easiest to climb. The Medicine Bow Range also separates the Colorado State Forest on the west and Roosevelt National Forest on the east. The eastern slopes of Clark Peak, and many other peaks, are contained in Rawah Wilderness (administrated by Roosevelt National Forest).

There are many viable options for climbing Clark Peak. These range from class 2 walkups across tundra and scree slopes to an exposed class 3+ ridge traverse. Clark Peak can be climbed easily in half a day from the west in Colorado State Forest via Jewel Lake Trail. Longer, more scenic routes begin from the east in Rawah Wilderness. It’s possible to do these hikes in a day, but it would require a huge effort as they would be somewhere in the fifteen-mile range and involve upwards of 4,000 ft of elevation gain. The two most logical trailheads to start from are Blue Lake Trailhead and West Branch Trailhead. Fortunately the area is very beautiful and there are countless good backcountry camping spots in the Timber Lake/Island Lake area and a few good spots around Blue Lake and Hang Lake. Making a weekend adventure of Clark Peak by spending a night at Timber Lake or Blue Lake is time well spent.

Trip Reports

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

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  • Log #22068 - by James Conley on Sep 10, 2010
    Our Group of 7 started on the September 2nd, 2010 and hiked up the blue lake trail to of course Blue Lake. There we camped below the Lake. The next Mourning around 10:00 AM, Our group started up to...