El Diente

Elevation (feet): 14,159
Elevation (meters): 4,316
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: San Juan Mountains
State: Colorado
Latitude: 37.8394
Longitude: -108.005
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Telluride
Convenient Center: Telluride

Thanks to Kirk Mallory for adding this peak.

El Diente, which is Spanish for "the tooth," is a point on the ridge west of Mt. Wilson. There is only a 259 foot drop to the lowest point on the ridge, but it has always been considered one of Colorado's 54 fourteeners. The two most common routes are the north slopes from Navajo Basin (best with snow), or the south slopes from Kilpacker Basin. The ridge traverse to Mt. Wilson is considered on of Colorado's four great fourteener traverses.

Trip Reports

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

There are 13 trip reports for El Diente.

Select any entry from the list below:

  • Log #11679 - by Robert Gardner on Oct 18, 2004
    It was opening day of muzzleloading season, and that was my intention, but all I was seeing and hearing were people on horses. I had started at the Kilpacker trail head, so I dropped into Kilpacker...
  • Log #11680 - by Alan Peck on Aug 17, 2004
    Sam Ball & Darrell Wise are excellent climbing buds,(when not knocking rocks on me)We did the north face from Navajo basin. It is very tough, but rewards you with a short scramble to the summit....
  • Log #11681 - by Scott Beerbower on Sep 14, 2003
    This was my 54th fourteener and 3rd attempt on El Diente. Weather has been a factor on all attempts but at least we got to the summit this time before the weather broke on us. In our rush to get away...
  • Log #11682 - by Michael Jake on July 07, 2003
    From Navaho Lake - 'Grand Slam' Wilson Peak to Gladstone, to Mount Wilson to El Diente.
  • Log #11683 - by Carl Sullivan on Apr 24, 2003
    We spent three days in our tent at the Rock of Ages mine, waiting for weather to improve to allow our ascent. Finally, we went for it, despite lingering bad weather. We climbed Wilson, and then set...
  • Log #11684 - by Ralph Rice Jr. on Jan 10, 2003
    The two of us arrived at the Kilpacker Trailhead Saturday evening with the original intent of hiking to Navajo Lake the next day and summiting either Mt. Wilson or El Diente (or both) on Monday. With...
  • Log #11685 - by Paul and Sally Thielking on Sep 15, 2002
    Left Kilpacker Trailhead at 4:40 A.M. Crossed Kilpacker Creek as daylight arrived. The view of the waterfall and El Diente was incredible as we climbed into the basin. The climb across the talus...
  • Log #11686 - by Eddie "The Yeti" Mize on Aug 25, 2002
    El Diente Trip Report - 8-23-2002 Jarod "Cloud Dancer" Martin, Lisa Nobel, Eddie "The Yeti" Mize Account by Eddie Mize "This tooth needs a dentist!" The guidebooks are WRONG! Anyone who thinks the...
  • Log #11687 - by todd holmes on July 23, 2002
    NORTH FACE ROUTE HAS THE WORST ROCK OF ANY OF THE 63 PEAKS THAT I HAVE CLIMBED.ONCE ON THE RIDGE THE ROCK IS GREAT AND THE CLIMBING GOOD. ALL IN ALL A GREAT CLIMB JUST WATCH OUT FOR LOOSE STUFF ON...
  • Log #11688 - by Z. Sainsbury on June 07, 2002
    The Kilpacker Creek route is well marked from the trailhead to the base camp to the ridge. Easy bouldering from the ridge to the summit w/ great views of the Navajo Lake and Kilpacker Creek cirques....
  • Log #11689 - by Doug Farquhar on July 27, 2001
    climbed El Diente from the kilpacker side, hiking to the creek the night before doing the peak. Lizard head wilderness has some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen, aspen trees, firs and...
  • Log #11690 - 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 http://www.trailjournals.com. If you have the time, please come by and...
  • Log #11691 - by Kirk Mallory on Sep 23, 1999
    El Diente was my 53rd fourteener - only one left!! I backpacked into Kilpacker Basin, then climbed up the loose scree slopes to the ridge. The traverse along the ridge was a lot of fun, but clouds...