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For information about mountaineering on these magnificent mountains,
see Gerry’s guidebook, Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park Summits

– Sorted by Elevation

Notes
Rank
RMNP
Elev
feet
Prom
feet
Summit Name Parent Iso
miles
Quadrangle Rg Sg G J
1 14,255 2,940 Longs Peak Torreys Peak 43.71 Longs Peak FR RM 19 5
  14,060 240 “Southeast Longs”
aka “The Beaver”
Longs Peak 0.11 Longs Peak FR RM 1  
2 13,911 451 Meeker, Mount Longs Peak 0.71 Allens Park FR RM 7 4
  13,860 40 Meeker Ridge Meeker, Mount 0.17 Allens Park FR RM 2 1
  13,830 20 “Tower One” Longs Peak 0.23 Longs Peak FR RM    
  13,590 20 “Tower Two”
aka “Light Tower”
Longs Peak 0.32 Longs Peak FR RM    
3 13,579 719 Chiefs Head Peak Longs Peak 1.44 Isolation Peak FR RM 2 4
4 13,560 2,420 Hagues Peak Longs Peak 15.97 Trail Ridge FR RM
MU
3 4
5 13,514 1,116 Ypsilon Mountain Hagues Peak 2.63 Trail Ridge FR RM
MU
4 2
6 13,502 922 Fairchild Mountain Ypsilon Mountain 1.18 Trail Ridge FR RM
MU
3 3
7 13,497 397 Pagoda Mountain Longs Peak 0.70 Isolation Peak FR RM 2 2
  13,460 40 “Tower Three”
aka “The Dark Tower”
Longs Peak 0.34 Longs Peak FR RM    
8 13,425 485 Mummy Mountain Hagues Peak 1.36 Estes Park FR RM
MU
3 4
  13,420 200 Rowe Peak Hagues Peak 0.41 Trail Ridge FR RM
MU
2 1
  13,340 40 Ships Prow Meeker, Mount
Longs Peak
0.34
0.46
Longs Peak FR RM 1  
  13,340 40 Glacier Ridge Meeker, Mount
Longs Peak
0.31
0.45
Longs Peak FR RM 1  
9 13,327 907 McHenrys Peak Chiefs Head Peak 1.24 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 1
  13,326 186 Storm Peak B Longs Peak 0.78 Longs Peak FR RM 3 8
10 13,310 850 Alice, Mount Chiefs Head Peak 1.37 Isolation Peak FR RM 2 2
  13,300 120 “Gibraltar Mountain” Hagues Peak 0.79 Trail Tridge FR RM 1  
11 13,281 301 Lady Washington, Mount Longs Peak 0.72 Longs Peak FR RM 5 8
  13,230 20 “Tower Four”
aka “Mr. Stubbs”
Pagoda Mountain
Longs Peak
0.30
 
Longs Peak FR RM    
  13,220 40 Keyboard of the Winds
aka “Tower Five”
aka “Mrs. Stubbs”
Pagoda Mountain
Longs Peak
0.27
 
Longs Peak FR RM    
12 13,208 388 Powell Peak McHenrys Peak 0.44 McHenrys Peak FR RM 3 1
  13,184 44 Rowe Mountain Hagues Peak 0.86 Trail Ridge FR RM
MU
2 1
  13,180 40 “Tower Six”
aka “Jackpot Tower”
Pagoda Mountain
Longs Peak
0.21 Longs Peak FR RM    
  13,180 40 “Tower Seven”
aka “Seivers Tower”
Pagoda Mountain
Longs Peak
0.18 Longs Peak FR RM    
13 13,176 1,156 Copeland Mountain Alice, Mount 4.06 Isolation Peak FR RM 1 4
14 13,153 413 Taylor Peak B Powell Peak 1.03 McHenrys Peak FR RM 4 5
15 13,138 718 Ogalalla Peak Copeland Mountain 1.36 Isolation Peak FR RM
IP
3 2
16 13,118 938 Isolation Peak Copeland Mountain 2.18 Isolation Peak FR RM 2 3
S1 13,069 283 Chiquita, Mount Ypsilon Mountain 1.00 Trail Ridge FR RM
MU
4 2
17 12,951 2,691 Richthofen, Mount Ypsilon Mountain
Taylor Peak
11.28
 
Mount Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 2
18 12,949 489 Desolation Peaks, East Ypsilon Mountain 1.17 Trail Ridge FR RM
MU
1 1
19 12,928 1,220 Julian, Mount Ypsilon Mountain
Taylor Peak B
7.18
 
Grand Lake FR RM 2 1
20 12,922 902 Stones Peak Julian, Mount 2.26 McHenrys Peak FR RM 1 2
  12,918 178 Desolation Peaks, West Desolation Peaks, East 0.20 Trail Ridge FR RM
MU
1 1
21 12,900 560 Ida, Mount Julian, Mount 1.14 Grand Lake FR RM 5 3
22 12,848 468 Elk Tooth Ogalalla Peak 0.65 Isolation Peak FR RM
IP
1 1
23 12,820 400 Point 12,820 Ida, Mount
Julian, Mount
0.67
 
Grand Lake FR RM 5 4
24 12,810 880 Howard Mountain Richthofen, Mount 2.95 Mount Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 1
  12,804 104 Chief Cheley Peak Point 12,820 0.25 Grand Lake FR RM 4 4
25 12,797 417 Cirrus, Mount Howard Mountain 0.56 Mount Richthofen FR RM
NS
2 2
  12,780 80 Cracktop Point 12,820 0.25 Grand Lake FR RM 4 4
26 12,740 440 Cumulus, Mount Howard Mountain 1.11 Mount Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 1
  12,736 236 “Stapps Peak” Stones Peak 0.58 McHenrys Peak FR RM 1 1
  12,718 258 Terra Tomah Mountain Julian, Mount 0.61 Trail Ridge FR RM 1 1
27 12,716 1,456 Comanche Peak
Wilderness HP

aka Point 12,716
Hagues Peak 5.02 Comanche Peak FR RM
CP
MU
1 1
  12,716 256 Ouzel Peak Ogalalla Peak 1.12 Isolation Peak FR RM 2 2
28 12,713 733 Hallett Peak Taylor Peak B 1.98 McHenrys Peak FR RM 5 9
29 12,713 573 Sprague Mountain Stones Peak 0.99 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 5
  12,709 209 Comanche Peak B Comanche Peaks
Wilderness HP
0.40 Comanche Peak FR RM
CP
MU
2 2
30 12,706 646 Nimbus, Mount Cumulus, Mount 1.00 Mount Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 2
  12,668 88 Thatchtop Powell Peak 1.08 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 4
  12,660 240 Arrowhead McHenrys Peak 0.51 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 1
31 12,632 332 Mahana Peak Isolation Peak 0.62 Isolation Peak FR RM 2 2
  12,632 132 “Jagor Point” Ida, Mount 0.77 Fall River Pass FR RM    
32 12,630 490 Sharkstooth, The Taylor Peak B 0.54 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 1
  12,580 240 Static Peak Richthofen, Mount 0.54 Mount Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 1
  12,575 275 Spearhead, The Chiefs Head Peak 0.43 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 1
  12,571 231 Dunraven, Mount Mummy Mountain
Hagues Peak
1.27
 
Estes Park FR RM
MU
1 2
33 12,565 1,185 Andrews Peak Alice, Mount 2.47 Isolation Peak FR RM 2 1
  12,540 160 Stratus, Mount Nimbus, Mount 0.44 Mount Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 1
34 12,537 970 Lead Mountain A Cirrus, Mount 0.99 Mount Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 1
  12,530 70 “Little No Name” Hagues Peak 1.66 Comanche Peak FR RM    
  12,500 120 Hayden Spire Sprague Mountain 0.44 McHenrys Peak FR RM 1 1
  12,500 80 Hart Ridge Cirrus, Mount 0.42 Mount Richthofen FR RM
NS
2 1
35 12,489 1,731 Specimen Mountain Lead Mountain A
Ida, Mount
4.68
 
Fall River Pass FR RM 1 2
36 12,486 426 Otis Peak Hallett Peak 0.80 McHenrys Peak FR RM 5 7
37 12,466 1,166 Sundance Mountain A Julian, Mount
Ida, Mount
3.57
 
Trail Ridge FR RM 2 3
38 12,454 434 Chapin, Mount Sundance Mountain A
Ypsilon Mountain
1.81
 
Trail Ridge FR RM
MU
3 3
39 12,438 458 “Never Summer Peak” Lead Mountain A 0.50 Mount Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 1
40 12,420 359 Tanima Peak Mount Alice 1.38 Isolation Peak FR RM 1 2
S2 12,397 297 Baker Mountain Nimbus, Mount 1.05 Mount Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 1
41 12,381 601 Watanga Mountain Hiamovi Mountain 1.18 Isolation Peak FR RM
IP
1 3
  12,380 200 “Eleanor, Mount” Sprague Mountain
Point 12,820
0.96
 
Grand Lake FR RM    
  12,380 120 Tepee Mountain Richthofen, Mount 0.45 Mount Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 1
  12,363 183 Ptarmigan Point Hallett Peak 1.11 McHenrys Peak FR RM 6 2
42 12,355 528 “Trail Ridge” Sundance Mountain A 2.86 Fall River Pass FR RM 1 1
  12,350 20 “Forbidden Tower” Sharkstooth, The
Taylor Peak
0.21
 
McHenrys Peak FR RM    
  12,335 235 Flatiron Mountain A Desolation Peaks, East 1.33 Trail Ridge FR RM
MU
1 1
  12,331 71 Knobtop Mountain Hallett Peak 1.71 McHenrys Peak FR RM 4 3
43 12,324 304 Ptarmigan Mountain Andrews Peak 1.38 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 2
  12,324 24 Flattop Mountain A Hallett Peak 0.46 McHenrys Peak FR RM 9 12
44 12,312 332 “Dundicking” Mummy Mountain
Hagues Peak
1.87
 
Estes Park FR RM
MU
1 1
45 12,308 408 Point 12,308 Comanche Peak Wilderness Highpoint 1.62 Comanche Peak FR RM
CP
MU
1 1
46 12,307 393 “North Specimen” Specimen Mountain 0.63 Fall River Pass FR RM 1 1
  12,300 200 Green Knoll Nimbus, Mount 0.82 Mount Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 1
  12,300 160 “The Sabre” Sharkstooth, The 0.07 McHenrys Peak FR RM    
  12,300 80 “East Pinnacle” Sprague Mountain 0.59 McHenrys Peak FR RM    
47 12,274 734 Snowdrift Peak Sprague Mountain
Hallett Peak
2.54
 
McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 3
  12,270 20 “The Stiletto” Sharkstooth, The
Taylor Peak
0.15
 
McHenrys Peak FR RM    
  12,269 89 “South Specimen” Specimen Mountain 0.46 Fall River Pass FR RM
NS
   
48 12,258 318 Fall Mountain Comanche Peak Wilderness Highpoint 1.98 Comanche Peak FR RM
CP
MU
1 1
49 12,250 350 “Fleur de Lis” Isolation Peak 1.47 Isolation Peak FR RM 1 1
50 12,241 381 “Ptarmigan’s Beak” Andrews Peak 0.76 Isolation Peak FR RM 2  
  12,232 132 “Ikoko, Mount” Point 12,308 0.67 Comanche Peak FR RM
MU
   
51 12,228 897 Lulu Mountain Nokhu Crags
Richthofen, Mount
1.65
 
Fall River Pass FR RM
NS
2 2
S3 12,220 280 Eagles Beak Tanima Peak
Isolation Peak
0.52
 
Isolation Peak FR RM 1 2
  12,220 120 Cleaver, The Tanima Peak
Isolation Peak
0.59
 
Isolation Peak FR RM 1 1
  12,220 80 Pilot Mountain Alice, Mount 0.61 Isolation Peak FR RM 1 1
  12,220 80 Dragons Egg Rock Meeker, Mount 0.51 Allens Park FR RM 1 1
  12,220 80 “Ptarmigan Towers” Ptarmigan Mountain 0.14 McHenrys Peak FR RM 1  
52 12,216 636 Nakai Peak Point 12,820 1.47 Grand Lake FR RM 2 3
53 12,162 902 Saint Vrain Mountain “Red Deer Mountain”
Elk Tooth
2.83
 
Allens Park FR RM
IP
3 7
54 12,148 488 Stormy Peaks, West “Dundicking”
Hagues Peak
2.17
 
Pingree Park FR RM
CP
MU
1 1
S4 12,140 280 Sugarloaf Mountain Stormy Peaks, West
Hagues Peak
1.62
 
Pingree Park FR RM
MU
1 1
  12,140 40 “Andrews Tower” Otis Peak
Taylor Peak
0.39
 
McHenrys Peak FR RM    
  12,129 109 Notchtop Mountain Hallett Peak 1.17 McHenrys Peak FR RM 3 1
55 12,121 301 Adams, Mount Watanga Mountain 1.47 Isolation Peak FR RM 1 2
  12,100 80 “Petit Grepon” Sharkstooth, The 0.08 McHenrys Peak FR RM    
  12,100 40 “The Pen Knife” Sharkstooth, The 0.07 McHenrys Peak FR RM    
56 12,060 400 Thunder Mountain B Lulu Mountain 0.60 Fall River Pass FR RM
NE
MU
1 2
  12,060 80 Skull Point Fall Mountain
Hagues Peak
1.89
 
Comanche Peak FR RM
MU
1 1
  12,060 10 “Fire Tower” Otis Peak 0.37 McHenrys Peak FR RM    
  12,044 64 Battle Mountain Lady Washington, Mount 1.10 Longs Peak FR RM 2 1
  12,020 80 “Hayden Lake Pinnacle” Sprague Mountain 0.62 McHenrys Peak FR RM    
  12,020 80 Stormy Peaks, East Stormy Peaks, West 0.47 Pingree Park FR RM
CP
MU
1 1
57 12,018 318 “Electrode, The” Richthofen, Mount 0.85 Mount Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 1
58 12,007 347 Craig, Mount “Fleur de Lis” 1.45 Isolation Peak FR RM 1 1
  12,005 225 “Fall River Pass Mountain”
aka Heart Attack Hill
“Trail Ridge” 1.10 Trail Ridge FR RM 2 1
  11,980 200 “Aiguille de Fleur” “Fleur de Lis” 0.40 Isolation Peak FR RM    
59 11,957 617 Twin Peaks, East Adams, Mount 1.70 Shadow Mountain FR RM
IP
1 1
  11,950 20 “The Owl” Sharkstooth, The 0.24 McHenrys Peak FR RM    
  11,940 40 Twin Peaks, West Twin Peaks, East 0.49 Shadow Mountain FR RM 1 1
  11,939 119 Gabletop Mountain Stones Peak
Hallett Peak
1.82
 
McHenrys Peak FR RM 3 2
60 11,909 369 Marmot Point “Trail Ridge” 1.39 Trail Ridge FR RM 2 2
  11,909 49 “Pine Ridge”  TR Lady Washington, Mount 1.67 Longs Peak FR RM 1 1
61 11,860 440 “Poudre Peak” “North Specimen” 1.99 Fall River Pass FR RM 1  
  11,860 80 “Otis Flower Tower” Otis Peak 0.32 McHenrys Peak FR RM    
  11,860 80 “The Memento” Otis Peak 0.20 McHenrys Peak FR RM    
  11,831 171 Dickinson, Mount “Dundicking” 1.43 Estes Park FR RM
MU
1 2
62 11,740 320 Tombstone Ridge Sundance Mountain A 2.91 Trail Ridge FR RM 2 1
  11,740 80 North Ridge Pagoda Mountain
Chiefs Head Peak
1.42
 
Allens Park FR RM 1  
  11,734 154 Neota, Mount Thunder Mountain B 0.55 Fall River Pass FR RM
NE
NS
1 1
  11,724 64 Mount Orton Pagoda Mountain
Chiefs Head Peak
1.57
 
Allens Park FR RM 3 3
63 11,721 301 “Roaring Peak” Adams, Mount 0.69 Isolation Peak FR RM
IP
1 1
  11,710 20 “The Foil” Sharkstooth, The 0.14 McHenrys Peak FR RM    
64 11,704 524 Jackstraw Mountain Ida, Mount 2.05 Fall River Pass FR RM 1 2
  11,700 80 “Piton Spire” Otis Peak 0.28 McHenrys Peak FR RM    
  11,670 20 “The Moon” Sharkstooth, The 0.26 McHenrys Peak FR RM    
65 11,632 412 Meadow Mountain B Saint Vrain Mountain 1.25 Allens Park FR RM
IP
3 11
  11,620 80 “Cosmo” Otis Peak 0.44 McHenrys Peak FR RM    
  11,605 225 Red Mountain I Nimbus, Mount 1.31 Mount Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 1
  11,586 46 Little Matterhorn Hallett Peak 1.72 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 1
  11,582 82 Ramsey Peak Stormy Peaks, West 1.45 Pingree Park FR RM
MU
1 1
  11,550 20 “The Jackknife” Sharkstooth,The 0.07 McHenrys Peak FR RM    
  11,540 120 “Zowie Tower” Otis Peak 0.55 McHenrys Peak FR RM    
  11,482 222 Half Mountain Lady Washington, Mount
Longs Peak
2.25
 
McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 1
66 11,463 803 Bighorn Mountain Mummy Mountain 3.15 Estes Park FR RM
MU
4 7
67 11,428 2,298 Twin Sisters Peaks, East Lady Washington, Mount 5.05 Longs Peak FR RM 4 4
68 11,424 604 Patterson, Mount Snowdrift Peak 2.43 Grand Lake FR RM 1 1
  11,413 73 Twin Sisters Peaks, West Twin Sisters Peaks, East 0.11 Longs Peak FR RM 4 4
69 11,384 364 Twin Sisters Mountain Twin Sisters Peaks, East 0.45 Longs Peak FR RM 4 1
  11,340 160 Shipler Mountain Specimen Mountain 1.94 Fall River Pass FR RM 1 2
  11,260 40 “Loch Vale Pinnacle” Otis Peak 0.70 McHenrys Peak FR RM    
70 11,254 314 Tileston, Mount Bighorn Mountain
Mummy Mountain
1.22
 
Estes Park FR RM
MU
2 4
  11,248 228 South Signal Mountain   TR Signal Mountain 0.59 Pingree Park FR RM
MU
3 3
71 11,220 800 “Confluence Peak” “Poudre Peak”
Specimen Mountain
2.81
 
Trail Ridge FR RM
MU
1  
  11,180 40 “Tourmaline Spire” Stones Peak
Hallett Peak
1.99 McHenrys Peak FR RM    
72 11,078 458 Joe Mills Mountain Hallett Peak 1.66 McHenrys Peak FR RM 4 3
  11,060 120 “Gable Gate” Joe Mills Mountain
Hallett Peak
0.72
2.17
McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 1
73 11,058 358 “Pennock Peak” Signal Mountain 1.77 Pingree Park FR RM
CP
MU
1  
S5 11,034 294 Bryant, Mount Craig, Mount
Adams, Mount
3.22
 
Shadow Mountain FR RM 1 1
74 11,006 746 Estes Cone Twin Sisters Peaks, East
Lady Washington, Mount
2.67
 
Longs Peak FR RM 3 3
75 10,965 545 “Gray Jay Mountain” Jackstraw Mountain
Ida, Mount
2.07
 
Grand Lake FR RM 1  
  10,940 80 Sheep Rock Jackstraw Mountain
Ida, Mount
1.97
 
Fall River Pass FR RM 1  
  10,940 80 Gable, The Joe Mills Mountain
Hallett Peak
0.71
2.20
McHenrys Peak FR RM 1 1
  10,900 40 Cairns, Mount Craig, Mount
Ptarmigan Mountain
1.54
 
Isolation Peak FR RM 1 1
76 10,859 399 Dark Mountain Bighorn Mountain
Mummy Mountain
2.53
 
Estes Park FR RM
MU
3 3
77 10,855 355 “Nutcracker Peak” “Confluence Peak”
Specimen Mountain
1.61
 
Trail Ridge FR RM 1 1
  10,788 128 Nisa Mountain Patterson, Mount 1.03 Grand Lake FR RM 1 1
  10,781 241 Enentah, Mount Ptarmigan Mountain 1.94 Grand Lake FR RM 1  
78 10,761 421 Wuh, Mount Joe Mills Mountain 1.12 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 1
S6 10,715 295 Lookout Mountain Meeker, Mount 2.60 Allens Park FR RM 2  
  10,660 40 Castle Rock C Joe Mills Mountain
Hallett Peak
1.35
 
McHenrys Peak FR RM 1 1
79 10,567 427 “Lightning Peak” Estes Cone 0.67 Longs Peak FR RM 2 1
  10,508 168 Acoma, Mount Twin Peaks, East 1.78 Shadow Mountain FR RM
IP
1  
  10,491 231 Beaver Mountain Tombstone Ridge 1.58 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 2
80 10,486 956 McGregor Mountain Dark Mountain
Bighorn Mountain
1.32
 
Estes Park FR RM
MU
2 1
  10,460 80 “Dream Knob” Hallett Peak 1.42 McHenrys Peak FR RM    
S7 10,421 281 Wescott, Mount Craig, Mount
Adams, Mount
1.27
 
Shadow Mountain FR RM 2 1
  10,344 124 Horsetooth Peak Meeker, Mount 2.64 Allens Park FR RM 2 1
81 10,313 893 Green Mountain Patterson, Mount
Nakai Peak
1.86
 
Grand Lake FR RM 1  
  10,300 160 Glacier Knobs, West Otis Peak 1.66 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 1
  10,260 120 Little Yellowstone Thunder Mountain
Lulu Mountain
1.61
 
Fall River Pass FR RM    
  10,260 40 “Knob #1” Hallett Peak 1.60 McHenrys Peak FR RM    
82 10,225 445 Glacier Knobs, East Otis Peak 2.04 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 1
  10,220 80 “Goblin Knob” Glacier Knobs, East
Hallett Peak
0.83
 
McHenrys Peak FR RM    
83 10,192 412 “Bushwhack Hill” Green Mountain
Nakai Peak
1.66
 
Grand Lake FR RM 1  
  10,190 20 “The Bulge” Glacier Knobs, East
Hallett Peak
0.90
 
McHenrys Peak FR RM    
  10,180 40 “Knob #4” Glacier Knobs, East
Hallett Peak
0.75
 
McHenrys Peak FR RM    
  10,155 251 Shadow Mountain Craig, Mount
Adams, Mount
4.10
 
Shadow Mountain FR RM 1  
84 10,134 554 “Thunder Peak” “Lightning Peak” 0.66 Longs Peak FR RM 2 1
85 10,068 928 Needles, The McGregor Mountain
Dark Mountain
1.35
 
Estes Park FR RM
MU
3 4
86 10,013 1,073 Deer Mountain McGregor Mountain
Sundance Mountain
2.41
 
Estes Park FR RM 3 2
S8 9,794 294 Sheep Mountain Needles, The
Mummy Mountain
1.92
 
Estes Park FR RM
MU
2 1
87 9,723 423 “Cascade Falls Point” Patterson, Mount 1.94 Grand Lake FR RM 1  
  9,660 40 “Sheep Mountain Rock” Needles, The
Mummy Mountain
1.66
 
Estes Park FR RM
MU
   
  9,606 146 Lumpy Ridge Needles, The 1.06 Estes Park FR RM
MU
2 1
  9,538 238 Steep Mountain Wuh, Mount 2.03 Longs Peak FR RM 4 3
  9,500 80 Bierstadt Moraine Wuh, Mount
Hallett Peak
1.99
 
McHenrys Peak FR RM 1 1
88 9,237 537 Emerald Mountain “Thunder Peak”
Lady Washington, Mount
1.58
 
Longs Peak FR RM 3 1
89 9,140 360 “Gem Peak” Needles, The 2.40 Estes Park FR RM
MU
1 1
  9,133 113 Hazels Cone Bighorn Mountain 1.65 Estes Park FR RM
MU
   
  9,105 125 “The Citadel” Needles, The 0.78 Estes Park FR RM
MU
   
  9,020 80 “Left Book” Needles, The 1.07 Estes Park FR RM
MU
   
  9,020 40 “Batman Rock” Needles, The 1.31 Estes Park FR RM
MU
   
  9,012 32 Deer Ridge, West Deer Mountain 1.24 Estes Park FR RM 2 1
  8,919 59 “Rock Four” “Gem Peak”
Needles, The
0.96
 
Estes Park FR RM
MU
   
90 8,906 686 Eagle Cliff Mountain Gianttrack Mountain
Tombstone Ridge
1.49
 
Longs Peak FR RM 3 1
  8,900 40 “Rock Three” “Gem Peak”
Needles, The
0.94
 
Estes Park FR RM
MU
   
91 8,834 534 Castle Mountain Needles, The
McGregor Mountain
1.80
 
Estes Park FR RM
MU
3 1
  8,830 20 “Batman Pinnacle” Needles, The 1.30 Estes Park FR RM
MU
   
  8,789 169 Twin Owls, The “Gem Peak”
Needles, The
0.90
 
Estes Park FR RM
MU
3  
  8,780 80 “Rock Two” “Gem Peak”
Needles, The
0.92
 
Estes Park FR RM
MU
   
  8,780 80 “The Pear” Needles, The 0.76 Estes Park FR RM
MU
   
  8,780 40 “Fin City” “Gem Peak” 0.37 Estes Park FR RM
MU
   
  8,763 183 Deer Ridge, East Castle Mountain
Deer Mountain
1.08
 
Estes Park FR RM 1  
  8,740 40 South Lateral Moraine Wuh, Mount
Emerald Mountain
1.49
 
Longs Peak FR RM 1 1
  8,740 40 “Crescent Wall” “Gem Peak” 0.44 Estes Park FR RM
MU
   
  8,685 104 “Kellogg’s Krag” Needles, The 1.25 Estes Park FR RM
MU
   
  8,669 129 “Castle Rock” Castle Mountain 0.43 Estes Park FR RM    
  8,660 40 “Cottontail Crag” Emerald Mountain
“Thunder Mountain”
0.66
 
Longs Peak FR RM    
  8,630 20 “Lens Rock” Needles, The 0.85 Estes Park FR RM    
  8,620 40 “Rock One” “Gem Peak”
Needles, The
0.90
 
Estes Park FR RM    
  8,540 40 “Triangle Rock” “Gem Peak”
Needles, The
0.78 Estes Park FR RM    
  8,540 40 “Window Rock” Castle Mountain 0.50 Estes Park FR RM    
  8,500 80 “Pacman Crag” “Gem Peak”
Needles, The
0.56 Estes Park FR RM    
  8,378 38 “Checkerboard Rock” “Gem Peak”
Needles, The
1.33 Estes Park FR RM    
  8,060 40 “Little Twin Owls” “Gem Peak”
Needles, The
1.19 Estes Park FR RM    

Notes by Gerry Roach

  1. Our climbs in Rocky Mountain National Park
    Gerry Roach’s totals: 354 ascents; 91/91 hard ranked; 8/8 soft ranked; 170/228 overall
    Jennifer Roach’s totals: 317 ascents; 83/91 hard ranked; 7/8 soft ranked; 150/228 overall
    Gerry and Jennifer’s combined total as of 10/17/10: 671 ascents

  2. There are 228 summits on this list, of which 91 are hard ranked and 8 are soft ranked.

  3. Every peak on this list is in or on the boundary of Rocky Mountain National Park.

  4. Mount Cumulus (12,725 feet) on the Mount Richthofen Quad.
    The map is missing a contour line at the north summit. It may be slightly higher than the 12,725-foot summit. A large cairn and a register are on the north summit. The ridge between the two is easy.

  5. Comanche Peak (12,702 feet) on the Comanche Peak Quad.
    The point marked 12,702, which has a register, is actually the lowest of the three southwest-to-northeast points on the ridge. The highest, and most interesting to climb, is the southwest point. Gerry determined that Point 12,681, which is 1/2 mile to the northwest, is higher than all the points adjacent to the named, 12,702 summit. Point 12,681 has a benchmark on top with the elevation 12,716 feet, and is listed as ƒ12,716.

  6. Pine Ridge (11,909 feet) on the Longs Peak Quad.
    The map indicates that the summit above Pine Ridge with the extrapolated elevation of 11,940 feet is the summit of this feature. There is another 11,909-foot summit 0.2 mile north of the 11,940-foot summit. Gerry’s careful hand level measurements from both these summits determined that the northern, 11,909-foot summit is indeed higher than the alleged 11,940-foot summit. Thus, the map is wrong. Since the northern summit has a given elevation, it is reasonable to assume that the highest contour line on the 11,940-foot summit is spurious, and that it is less than 11,909 feet. Accordingly, Gerry uses 11,909 feet for the elevation of Pine Ridge.

  7. The Gable (10,940 feet) on the McHenrys Peak Quad.
    There has been a debate for decades about what is the summit of the officially named feature called The Gable, which rises dramatically above Odessa Lake. The name on the quad is clearly embracing the lower, 10,940-foot summit, while just 100 yards southwest is a higher, 11,060-foot summit. The higher summit is actually a massif of four rocky summits of nearly equal elevation with the easternmost being the highest. This issue is what I call the Lone Eagle Problem, where a summit that is dramatic when seen from below is actually just the end of a ridge that rises behind the dramatic feature. In the case of The Gable, none of the five summits come close to ranking, so this is a question for purists. A similar situation exists on nearby Castle Rock to the north of The Gable. There, the summit is clearly the easternmost spire even though higher summits exist along the ridge to the west. Some contend that the entire massif of five rocky summits is the feature to which the name The Gable applies, and that the highest of the five summits should be the summit of The Gable. I was in this camp for decades and listed The Gable at 11,060 feet. Recent views of, and a climb of the different summits changed my mind. Some had lobbied me for decades that the position of the name on the map decides the issue, and that the name is clearly on the lower, 10,940-foot spire that rises directly above Odessa Lake. I have switched camps, and now agree with this logic. To appease both camps, I now list The Gable at 10,940 feet, and list the higher, 11,060-foot summit under the moniker “Gable Gate.” The higher summits of “Gable Gate” are simple scampers, but reaching the top of The Gable requires climbing a 40-foot, Class 4 pitch.

    The Gable rising above Lake Odessa The Gable rising above Lake Odessa.

    You can clearly see the five summits in question.

    The Gable is the lower, right (easternmost) summit.

    “Gable Gate” is the farthest right of the other four, higher summits.


  8. I am adding the park’s moraines to this list. Perhaps they are strange features for a peak list, but they are named geographic features, at least as notable as named ridges. These moraines are very old, and determining their highpoints is an interesting question. They may have a highpoint along their ridgeline, but more likely their highpoints are where they depart from the upstream mountain. This is the case with the South Lateral Moraine. In such a case, the prominence of the moraine is zero.

    Bierstadt Moraine has multiple choices for it’s highpoint, and a geologist poking around in summer conditions might be able to make a determination. Complicating the issue is the fact that multiple ice ages have sent glaciers streaming down this terrain, and there have been times when ice covered the entire area in question. The biggest clue for the extent of Bierstadt Moraine is that the western-most positioning of the name on the McHenrys Peak Quad is not on the ridge line, but below it to the south at the slope-angle break. Accordingly, I have determined the highpoint of Bierstadt Moraine to be a small closed 9,600-foot contour near the location where this slope-angle break departs from the ridge. Another interesting candidate for this moraine’s highpoint is a distinct 20-foot high boulder on the ridge 0.2 mile west of the small bump at the 9,600-foot contour. This boulder was clearly left behind by a glacier. It provides a jolly Class 3 ascent on it’s sloping south side.
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