Mount Eolus

Mt. Eolus is located in the remote Needle Mountains, and is named for the Greek God of the Winds. The most common approach is from Needleton, which is reached by riding The Durango & Silverton Narrow Guage Railroad. The standard route to the summit includes a walk on a narrow ridge, called "The Catwalk" or "The Sidewalk in the Sky," followed by a Class 3 scramble on Eolus' east face. The views from the summit are spectacular.

Elevation (feet): 14,083
Elevation (meters): 4,293
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: San Juan Mountains
State: Colorado
Latitude: 37.6228
Longitude: -107.621
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Durango
Convenient Center: Durango

Thanks to Kirk Mallory for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

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

There are 14 trip reports for Mount Eolus.

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  • Log #21419 - by Patrick L. Lilly on Sep 06, 2008
    Standard route from Chicago Basin via Twin Lakes and the Catwalk. Clouds lifted as we (daughter Trish and I) climbed, and we had nice sunshine for the Catwalk and the summit. More route finding...
  • Log #20147 - by Greg Andersom on July 23, 2006
    My 21 year old son and I started out riding the Durango/Silverton Narrow Guage Railroad wich was hot but beautiful. Debarked the train at Needleton Trailhead and began a very easy, gradual, 5-6? mile...
  • Log #11621 - by Cody Dalpra on Sep 13, 2004
    I did this peak with Shane Brown on the 4th of July weekend. It is definatly the best way to spend your 4th of July. I have climbed several 14ers which are class 3 and 4 and this was one of the...
  • Log #11622 - by paul enns on Aug 08, 2004
    this peak was crazygonuts but very fun, first of an attempted 3 but was rained out after sunlight, the catwalk and bouldering thereafter was awesome, i highly reccomend this peak, the view was also...
  • Log #11623 - by Ryan Wedel on Oct 05, 2003
    David Duer and I got all 3 peaks in one day. Not bad for a couple boys from Kansas. Eolus was most challenging given our lack of climing experience on the ledges.
  • Log #11624 - by Darryl Dunlap on Sep 19, 2003
    Great hike. The trail going straight up the basin to Eolus is marked with little orange wisks and very hard to find. The trail via Twin Lakes is much easier to find, but about 30 minutes longer to...
  • Log #11625 - by Ron and Susan Pottberg on June 13, 2003
    Train was not running so left vehicle at 4:30 PM and hiked in from Purgatory trail head. Hiked the nearly 19 miles to Navajo Basin arriving way after midnight. Up and climbing at 6:00 am. Climbed...
  • Log #11626 - by Carl Sullivan on Apr 24, 2003
    Climbed with George Frey, and members of Boy Scout Explorer post from the Tucson LDS 7th Ward, Tucson, AZ. Nice peak--tricky if you inadvertantly wander off the north side, like I did. Great flowers...
  • Log #11627 - by Rob McCammon on July 17, 2002
    Amazing scenery in spite of nearby Missionary Ridge fire. Was 3rd of 3 14ers climbed that day. Catwalk is a joke--you could ride a bike across it. The summit block beyond the Catwalk was more loose...
  • Log #11628 - by Dennis Whitehead on Aug 22, 2001
    Screwed up after the cairns ran out, climbed the snow chute and ended up on North Eolus, but I'm counting it as a 14-er, because it's 14,019! Went down to the tarn behind Glacier Point, then climbed...
  • Log #11629 - by Nick Holder on Aug 20, 2001
    My good fiend Jimski and I packed into Chicago Basin on July 27th, it was a good 7 mile pack in from the Durango/Silverton train dropoff. We were camped over 11,000 ft. and were in "GOAT"...
  • Log #11630 - 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 #11631 - by Matt on June 26, 2000
    Via the Northeast ridge. We were rewarded with 3 great cloudless days in the needles inwhich we managed to climb two of the three fourteeners in this subrange. Mount Eolus is a beautiful mountain....
  • Log #11632 - by Kirk Mallory on Sep 23, 1999
    The first climb of a three-night trip in Chicago Basin. Mt. Eolus was a fun climb - I thought the Catwalk was no big deal. Also did North Eolus and Glacier Point. Mt. Eolus was my 50th fourteener.