Windom Peak

Featured photo of Windom Peak

Windom Peak is the easiest fourteener to climb in the Needle Mountains. It most easily approached from Chicago Basin, which is reached by taking the Durango & Silverton Narrow Guage Railroad to Needleton. The standard route is the West Ridge, which requires a little bit of scrambling near the top. There are great views from the top.

Elevation (feet): 14,082
Elevation (meters): 4,292
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: San Juan Mountains
State: Colorado
Latitude: 37.6214
Longitude: -107.591
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, 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 21 trip reports for Windom Peak.

Select any entry from the list below:

  • Log #21388 - by Michael Boone on Aug 16, 2008
    Hopped off the train from Durango, hiked to the base and camped out. Quick summit climb with a beautiful view from the top.
  • Log #11653 - by Daniel Shock on June 29, 2004
    Got to the top just as a hail storm hit. Scrambled down as fast as possible. Scared me to death...but overall not too hard.
  • Log #11654 - by Matt Lewis on Nov 26, 2003
    Ok climb. Little harder at times that I expected, but overall a good experience.
  • Log #11655 - by Bill Craft on Nov 26, 2003
    A fun boulder-climbing hike. Good for bouldering or straight climbing.
  • Log #11656 - by Gary Dole on Sep 08, 2003
    Beautiful weather, awesome views. We had to go ahead and summit Sunlight as well. The next day we did North Eolus, downclimbed in a storm, and turned around to summit Eolus in clear weather! Had a...
  • Log #11657 - by Charles W. Miller Ph.D. on Aug 04, 2003
    This is one of the most interesting hikes I have ever completed. First, the steram powered train from Durango is a fabulous experience in itself. Stopping at Needleton, I backpacked into Chicago...
  • Log #11658 - by Michael Jake on July 07, 2003
    From high camp in Chicago Basin, climbed Windom and Sunlight.
  • Log #11659 - by patrick on Jan 11, 2003
    Backpacked with 3 old friends from Needleton. Camped in the lower basin and bagged the peak by way of the upper basin. Incredible view! Dayhiked over to Silver Mesa the next day. Cooked and ate...
  • Log #11661 - by steven a. jones on Aug 25, 2001
    Endured 6 hours of rain and hail on wednesday but thursday beautiful day and my 19 yo son and i summited. lots of bouldering last 400 vertical but a worthy view
  • Log #11662 - by Dennis Whitehead on Aug 22, 2001
    I climbed Windom for the second time--the last time was in 1989--after doing the north spur of Eolus on the same day, and Sunlight the day before. Three fourteeners in two days--when I'd only had 2...
  • Log #11663 - by Mason C. on Aug 08, 2001
    Summited Windom after an incredible climb up Sunlight. Windom was a fun class two scramble along the ewest ridge with a beautiful much more comfertable summit. then went to try Eolus the same day...
  • Log #11664 - by Jim Pierced on Aug 01, 2001
    Three grandpa's (Tom Sharp, Doug Bostrom, and I) left our 11,200-ft base camp at 06:30, July 27, 2001, and reached the summit at 10:45. The last 1000 vertical feet was a boulder scramble. The views...
  • Log #11665 - by Kirk Hutchinson on May 22, 2001
    Windom is a spectacular hike with terrific exposure. This is a great oportunity to bag 3 14ers in one or two days.
  • Log #11666 - by Gina Whitehead on Jan 27, 2001
    I did a six-day solo trip in Chicago Basin from Vallecito. Well, it wasn't quite solo since my dog, a golden retriever,was with me. My dog and I both summited although she waited a few boulders down...
  • Log #11667 - by Matt Kirk on Jan 26, 2001
    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 #11668 - by Kent Kalmey on Sep 24, 2000
    Worth the climb! Watch the weather as you climb. At the summit clouds rapidly moved in, and we decended in hail and lightning
  • Log #11670 - by Matt kirk on Sep 23, 2000
    Via the class 3 northwest face. Whoops, poorly placed cairns and footsteps made fools out of two climbers who were seeking to climb the west ridge class 2+ route. We ended up acheiving the ridge 3...
  • Log #11671 - by Dennis Whitehead on May 01, 2000
    I climbed Windom in 1989, leading a small group of my high school students to the top. My memories include nearly-tame mountain goats, a fun scramble, and the view from the top, arm-in-arm with my...
  • Log #11672 - by Jeff Taylor on Nov 21, 1999
    Lots of snow made it a fun, but a more difficult climb. Cannot wait to return to the area.
  • Log #11673 - by Thomas S. Burton on Oct 01, 1999
    Summitted with James Burton while on a backpacking trip to Sunlight Lake. Just a scramble from the Sunlight Lake area. Wonderful views.
  • Log #11674 - by Kirk Mallory on Sep 23, 1999
    Climbed Windom Peak after climbing Sunlight Peak. Windom was my 52nd fourteener (only two left!) After climbing Windom, I climbed Peak Eighteen to the west.