Mount Hope

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A centennial 13er in the Sawatch Range, located halfway between Leadville and Buena Vista on the north end of Chaffee County. Mt Hope is partially accended in the popular Leadville Trail 100 Ultra-marathon, with Hope Pass being conquered twice it is considered the most difficult part of the course.

The view of Mount Hope from the Twin Lakes Recreational Area is a photographers dream. Teaming up with another stately mountain; Rinker Peak, these two mountains form the impressive skyline that towers over Twin Lakes.

In contrast to its neighboring fourteeners, Mt. Hope will deliver plenty of solitude to go along with a refreshing short standard route. The standard East Ridge Route starts at the Sheep Gulch TH (9,860') and ascends the wonderful Colorado Trail up through a beautiful strand of aspens and continues to Hope Pass (12,540'.) Don’t be fooled by the short route, you still get 4,073' of vertical in 3.5 miles. It is steep! The first 50 yards of this hike will give you a pretty good idea what the rest entails.

There are two primary trailheads used for access to Mount Hope: Sheep Gulch Trailhead from the south, and Willis Gulch Trailhead to the north. A number of interesting routes can be accessed from either trailhead.

Elevation (feet): 13,933
Elevation (meters): 4,247
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sawatch Range
State: Colorado
Latitude: 39.0211
Longitude: -106.4192
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Denver Int DIA
Convenient Center: Leadville or Buena Vista

Thanks to Jeremy Rhoades and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

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