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

Rocky Mountain National Park Region Summits

– Sorted by Elevation

Notes
Rank
RMR
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” Longs Peak 0.10 Longs Peak FR RM 1  
2 13,911 451 Meeker, Mount Longs Peak 0.73 Allenspark FR RM 7 4
  13,860 40 Meeker Ridge Meeker, Mount 0.17 Allenspark FR RM 2 1
  13,820 20 Keyboard of the Winds Longs Peak 0.24 Longs Peak FR RM    
3 13,579 719 Chiefs Head Peak Longs Peak 1.39 Isolation Peak FR RM 2 4
4 13,560 2,420 Hagues Peak Longs Peak 15.97 Trail Ridge FR RM
MU
3 3
5 13,514 1,134 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 0.65 Isolation Peak FR RM 2 2
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 Longs Peak 0.46 Longs Peak FR RM 1  
  13,340 40 Glacier Ridge Longs Peak 0.45 Longs Peak FR RM 1  
9 13,327 827 McHenrys Peak Chiefs Head Peak 1.24 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 1
  13,326 186 Storm Peak B Longs Peak 0.79 Longs Peak FR RM 3 6
10 13,310 850 Alice, Mount Chiefs Head Peak 1.37 Isolation Peak FR RM 2 2
11 13,281 301 Lady Washington, Mount Longs Peak 0.76 Longs Peak FR RM 5 6
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 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 3 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 12,949 489 East Desolation Peak Ypsilon Mountain 1.17 Trail Ridge FR RM
MU
1 1
18 12,940 2,680 Richthofen, Mount Clark Peak B 9.67 Mt Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 2
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 West Desolation Peak East Desolation Peak 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 0.66 Isolation Peak FR RM
IP
1 1
23 12,820 400 Point 12,820 Ida, Mount
Julian, Mount
0.67
 
Grand Lake FR RM 4 4
24 12,810 880 Howard Mountain Richthofen, Mount 2.95 Mt 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 Mt Richthofen FR RM
NS
2 2
  12,780 80 Cracktop Point 12,820 0.25 Grand Lake FR RM 3 4
  12,736 236 “Stapps Peak” Stones Peak 0.58 McHenrys Peak FR RM 1 1
26 12,725 425 Cumulus, Mount Howard Mountain 1.16 Mt Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 1
  12,718 258 Terra Tomah Mountain Julian, Mount 0.61 Trail Ridge FR RM 1 1
27 12,716 1,456 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 4 9
29 12,713 573 Sprague Mountain Stones Peak 0.99 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 5
  12,710 110 Comanche Peak B Point 12,716 0.47 Comanche Peak FR RM
CP
MU
2 2
30 12,706 646 Nimbus, Mount Cumulus, Mount 0.95 Mt 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
32 12,630 490 Sharkstooth, The Taylor Peak B 0.55 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 1
  12,580 240 Static Peak Richthofen, Mount 0.54 Mt 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 1.3 Estes Park FR RM
MU
1 1
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 Mt Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 1
34 12,537 477 Lead Mountain A Cirrus, Mount 0.99 Mt Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 1
35 12,524 1,264 Bowen Mountain Nimbus, Mount 2.94 Bowen Mountain FR NS 2 1
  12,500 120 Hayden Spire Sprague Mountain 0.44 McHenrys Peak FR RM 1 1
  12,500 80 Hart Ridge Cirrus, Mount 0.42 Mt Richthofen FR RM
NS
2 1
36 12,493 513 Mahler, Mount Richthofen, Mount 0.76 Mt Richthofen FR NS 1 1
37 12,489 1,731 Specimen Mountain Lead Mountain A
Ida, Mount
4.68
 
Fall River Pass FR RM 1 2
38 12,486 426 Otis Peak Hallett Peak 0.80 McHenrys Peak FR RM 4 7
39 12,485 345 North Nokhu Crag Richthofen, Mount 1.10 Mt Richthofen FR NS
CO
1  
  12,480 180 South Nokhu Crag North Nokhu Crag 0.08 Mt Richthofen FR NS
CO
1 2
40 12,466 1,166 Sundance Mountain A Julian, Mount
Ida, Mount
3.57
 
Trail Ridge FR RM 2 3
41 12,454 434 Chapin, Mount Sundance Mountain A
Ypsilon Mountain
1.81
 
Trail Ridge FR RM
MU
3 3
42 12,438 458 “Never Summer Peak” Lead Mountain A 0.5 Mt Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 1
43 12,420 359 Tanima Peak Mount Alice 1.4 Isolation Peak FR RM 1 2
S2 12,397 297 Baker Mountain Nimbus, Mount 1.1 Mt Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 1
44 12,394 414 Parika Peak Bowen Mountain 1.8 Mt Richthofen FR NS 1 1
  12,380 120 Tepee Mountain Richthofen, Mount 0.4 Mt Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 1
45 12,375 595 Watanga Mountain Hiamovi Mountain 1.2 Isolation Peak FR RM
IP
1 3
  12,363 183 Ptarmigan Point Hallett Peak 1.1 McHenrys Peak FR RM 5 2
46 12,355 535 Trail Ridge Sundance Mountain A 2.9 Fall River Pass FR RM 1  
  12,335 235 Flatiron Mountain A East Desolation Peak 1.33 Trail Ridge FR RM
MU
1 1
  12,331 151 Knobtop Mountain Hallett Peak 1.7 McHenrys Peak FR RM 3 3
47 12,324 304 Ptarmigan Mountain Andrews Peak 1.38 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 1
  12,324 24 Flattop Mountain A Hallett Peak 0.46 McHenrys Peak FR RM 8 12
48 12,308 408 Point 12,308 Point 12,716 1.6 Comanche Peak FR RM
CP
MU
1 1
49 12,307 407 “North Specimen” Specimen Mountain 0.6 Fall River Pass FR RM 1 1
50 12,305 325 “Dundicking” Mummy Mountain 1.8 Estes Park FR RM
MU
1 1
51 12,303 843 Cascade Mountain Bowen Mountain 1.9 Bowen Mountain FR NS 1 1
  12,300 200 Green Knoll Nimbus, Mount 0.8 Mt Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 1
52 12,296 2,676 Parkview Mountain Cascade Mountain 9.4 Parkview Mountain RE   1 3
53 12,274 734 Snowdrift Peak Sprague Mountain 2.5 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 3
54 12,265 1,005 Iron Mountain South Nokhu Crag 2.7 Chambers Lake FR NS
CO
2 1
55 12,258 318 Fall Mountain Point 12,716 2.0 Comanche Peak FR RM
CP
MU
1 1
56 12,253 553 “Paprika Peak” Parika Peak 0.6 Mt Richthofen FR NS 1 1
57 12,250 350 “Fleur de Lis” Isolation Peak 1.5 Isolation Peak FR RM 1 1
  12,246 146 Farview Mountain Parika Peak 0.5 Mt Richthofen FR NS 1 1
58 12,241 381 “Ptarmigan’s Beak” Andrews Peak 0.8 Isolation Peak FR RM 2  
59 12,228 888 Lulu Mountain North Nokhu Crag 1.6 Fall River Pass FR RM 2 2
S3 12,220 280 Eagles Beak Tanima Peak 0.5 Isolation Peak FR RM 1 2
  12,220 120 Cleaver, The Tanima Peak 0.5 Isolation Peak FR RM 1 1
  12,220 80 Pilot Mountain Alice, Mount 0.6 Isolation Peak FR RM 1 1
  12,220 80 Dragons Egg Rock Meeker, Mount 0.5 Allenspark FR RM 1 1
60 12,216 636 Nakai Peak Point 12,820 1.5 Grand Lake FR RM 2 3
61 12,162 902 Saint Vrain Mountain “Red Deer Mountain” 2.9 Allenspark FR RM
IP
3 7
62 12,148 488 West Stormy Peak “Dundicking” 2.2 Pingree Park FR RM
CP
MU
1 1
S4 12,140 280 Sugarloaf Mountain West Stormy Peak 1.6 Pingree Park FR RM
MU
1 1
  12,129 109 Notchtop Mountain Hallett Peak 1.2 McHenrys Peak FR RM 3 1
63 12,121 301 Adams, Mount Watanga Mountain 1.5 Isolation Peak FR RM 1 2
64 12,098 398 “Lone Ranger, The” Cirrus, Mount 0.8 Mt Richthofen FR NS 1 1
65 12,060 400 Thunder Mountain B Lulu Mountain 0.6 Fall River Pass FR RM
NE
MU
1 2
66 12,060 360 “North Iron” Iron Mountain 0.8 Chambers Lake FR NS
CO
1 1
  12,060 200 Skull Point Fall Mountain 1.9 Comanche Peak FR RM
MU
1 1
67 12,047 627 Cindy, Mount Cumulus, Mount 2.1 Mt Richthofen FR NS 1 1
  12,044 64 Battle Mountain Lady Washington, Mount 1.1 Longs Peak FR RM 2 1
  12,020 80 East Stormy Peak West Stormy Peak 0.5 Pingree Park FR RM
CP
MU
1 1
68 12,018 318 “Electrode, The” Richthofen, Mount 0.8 Mt Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 1
69 12,008 308 Ruby Mountain Cascade Mountain 1.0 Bowen Mountain FR NS 1 1
70 12,007 347 Craig, Mount “Fleur de Lis” 1.5 Isolation Peak FR RM 1 1
  12,005 225 “Fall River Pass Mountain” “Trail Ridge” 1.10 Trail Ridge FR RM 2 1
  11,980 200 “Aiguille de Fleur” “Fleur de Lis” 0.4 Isolation Peak FR RM    
71 11,957 617 Twin Peaks Adams, Mount 1.7 Shadow Mountain FR RM
IP
1 1
  11,939 119 Gabletop Mountain Stones Peak 1.8 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 2
72 11,909 369 Marmot Point Trail Ridge 1.4 Trail Ridge FR RM 2 2
  11,909 49 Pine Ridge Lady Washington, Mount 1.7 Longs Peak FR RM 1 1
73 11,860 440 “Poudre Peak” “North Specimen” 2.0 Fall River Pass FR RM 1  
74 11,859 639 Point 11,859 Point 12,308 2.3 Comanche Peak FR CP
MU
   
  11,831 171 Dickinson, Mount “Dundicking” 1.5 Estes Park FR RM
MU
1 2
75 11,769 1,389 Gravel Mountain Cascade Mountain 4.9 Bowen Mountain FR NS    
  11,740 80 North Ridge Pagoda Mountain 1.4 Allenspark FR RM 1  
  11,734 154 Neota, Mount Thunder Mountain 0.5 Fall River Pass FR RM
NE
NS
1 1
  11,724 64 Mount Orton Pagoda Mountain 1.6 Allenspark FR RM 3 2
76 11,722 302 Tombstone Ridge Sundance Mountain A 3.0 Trail Ridge FR RM 2 1
77 11,721 301 “Roaring Peak” Adams, Mount 0.7 Isolation Peak FR RM
IP
1 1
78 11,704 524 Jackstraw Mountain Ida, Mount 2.1 Fall River Pass FR RM 1 2
79 11,700 360 Bearpaws Peaks Cindy, Mount 1.7 Mt Richthofen FR NS 1 1
  11,686 186 Blue Ridge Cascade Mountain 1.5 Bowen Mountain FR NS    
80 11,637 617 Crown BM Point 11,859 4.2 Comanche Peak FR CP
MU
1  
81 11,632 412 Meadow Mountain B Saint Vrain Mountain 1.2 Allenspark FR RM
IP
3 11
  11,605 225 Red Mountain I Nimbus, Mount 1.3 Mt Richthofen FR RM
NS
1 1
  11,586 26 Little Matterhorn Hallett Peak 1.7 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 1
  11,582 82 Ramsey Peak West Stormy Peak 1.5 Pingree Park FR RM
MU
1 1
  11,509 249 Little Gravel Mountain Gravel Mountain 1.4 Radial Mountain FR NS   1
  11,488 148 Mineral Point B Bowen Mountain 1.5 Bowen Mountain FR NS 1 1
  11,482 222 Half Mountain Lady Washington, Mount 2.3 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 1
82 11,463 803 Bighorn Mountain Mummy Mountain 3.2 Estes Park FR RM
MU
4 7
83 11,463 323 Crown Point Crown BM 1.5 Comanche Peak FR CP
MU
1  
84 11,453 473 Seven Utes Mountain Mahler, Mount 1.4 Mt Richthofen FR NS
CO
1 1
85 11,428 2,288 East Twin Sisters Peak Lady Washington, Mount 5.1 Longs Peak FR RM 4 4
86 11,424 604 Patterson, Mount Snowdrift Peak 2.4 Grand Lake FR RM 1 1
  11,413 73 West Twin Sisters Peak East Twin Sisters Peak 0.1 Longs Peak FR RM 4 4
87 11,384 364 Twin Sisters Mountain East Twin Sisters Peak 0.45 Longs Peak FR RM 4 1
  11,355 255 Flat Top Mountain Iron Mountain 2.2 Chambers Lake FR NS
NE
1  
  11,340 160 Shipler Mountain Specimen Mountain 1.9 Fall River Pass FR RM 1 2
  11,335 235 Northeast Porphyry Peak Gravel Mountain 3.1 Bowen Mountain FR NS 1  
88 11,262 802 Signal Mountain West Stormy Peak 4.0 Pingree Park FR CP
MU
3 4
89 11,254 314 Tileston, Mount Bighorn Mt 1.2 Estes Park FR RM
MU
2 4
  11,248 220 South Signal Mountain Signal Mountain 0.6 Pingree Park FR RM
CP
MU
3 3
90 11,241 1,421 Radial Mountain Cascade Mountain 5.1 Radial Mountain FR   1 1
91 11,220 800 Point 11,220 “Poudre Peak” 2.8 Trail Ridge FR RM 1 1
92 11,161 421 Southwest Porphyry Peak Gravel Mountain 2.5 Bowen Mountain FR NS 1  
93 11,078 458 Joe Mills Mountain Hallett Peak 1.7 McHenrys Peak FR RM 3 3
  11,060 120 “Gable Gate” Joe Mills Mountain
Hallett Peak
0.72
2.17
McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 1
94 11,058 358 Point 11,058 Signal Mountain 1.8 Pingree Park FR RM
CP
MU
1  
S5 11,034 294 Bryant, Mount Craig, Mount 3.2 Shadow Mountain FR RM 1 1
95 11,006 746 Estes Cone East Twin Sisters Peak 2.7 Longs Peak FR RM 3 3
96 11,002 342 Point 11,002 Crown BM 1.7 Comanche Peak FR CP
MU
   
97 10,965 545 Point 10,965 Jackstraw Mountain 2.1 Grand Lake FR RM 1  
  10,940 80 Sheep Rock Jackstraw Mountain 2.0 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 1.5 Isolation Peak FR RM 1 1
  10,890 110 Bulwark Ridge Signal Mountain 0.9 Pingree Park FR CP
MU
1 1
98 10,859 399 Dark Mountain Bighorn Mt 2.5 Estes Park FR RM
MU
3 3
99 10,855 355 Point 10,855 Point 11,220 1.6 Trail Ridge FR RM 1 1
  10,831 211 Crags, The East Twin Sisters Peak 0.7 Longs Peak FR RM 1  
  10,788 128 Nisa Mountain Patterson, Mount 1.0 Grand Lake FR RM 1 1
  10,781 241 Enentah, Mount Ptarmigan Mountain 2.0 Grand Lake FR RM 1  
100 10,761 421 Wuh, Mount Joe Mills Mountain 1.1 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 1
S6 10,715 295 Lookout Mountain Meeker, Mount 2.6 Allenspark FR RM 2  
  10,660 40 Castle Rock C Joe Mills Mountain 1.3 McHenrys Peak FR RM 1 1
101 10,567 427 “Lightning Peak” Estes Cone 0.67 Longs Peak FR RM 2 1
  10,508 168 Acoma, Mount Twin Peaks 1.8 Shadow Mountain FR RM
IP
1  
  10,491 231 Beaver Mountain Tombstone Ridge 1.5 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 1
102 10,486 946 McGregor Mountain Dark Mountain 1.3 Estes Park FR RM
MU
2 1
S7 10,421 281 Wescott, Mount Craig, Mount 1.3 Shadow Mountain FR RM 2 1
  10,344 124 Horsetooth Peak Lookout Mountain 0.4 Allenspark FR RM 2 1
103 10,313 893 Green Mountain Patterson, Mount 1.9 Grand Lake FR RM 1  
  10,300 160 West Glacier Knob Otis Peak 1.7 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 1
104 10,225 445 East Glacier Knob Otis Peak 2.0 McHenrys Peak FR RM 2 1
105 10,192 412 Point 10,192 Green Mountain 1.7 Grand Lake FR RM 1  
  10,155 255 Shadow Mountain Craig, Mount 4.1 Shadow Mountain FR RM 1  
106 10,134 554 “Thunder Peak” “Lightning Peak” 0.66 Longs Peak FR RM 2 1
107 10,068 928 Needles, The McGregor Mountain 1.4 Estes Park FR RM
MU
3 4
108 10,013 1,073 Deer Mountain McGregor Mountain 2.4 Estes Park FR RM 2 1
S8 9,794 294 Sheep Mountain Needles, The 1.9 Estes Park FR RM
MU
2 1
109 9,723 423 Point 9,723 Patterson, Mount 1.9 Grand Lake FR RM 1  
  9,620 40 Bierstadt Moraine East Glacier Knob 1.69 McHenrys Peak FR RM 1 1
  9,606 146 Lumpy Ridge Needles, The 1.1 Estes Park FR RM
MU
2 1
  9,543 203 Deer Ridge Deer Mountain 2.1 Estes Park FR RM 1 1
  9,538 238 Steep Mountain Wuh, Mount 2.1 Longs Peak FR RM 3 2
110 9,237 537 Emerald Mountain Point 10,134 1.6 Longs Peak FR RM 3 1
111 9,140 360 “Gem Peak” Needles, The 2.4 Estes Park FR RM
MU
1 1
112 8,906 686 Eagle Cliff Mountain Gianttrack Mountain 1.5 Longs Peak FR RM 3 1
113 8,834 534 Castle Mountain Needles, The 1.8 Estes Park FR RM
MU
3 1
  8,820 0 South Lateral Moraine Emerald Mountain 1.88 Longs Peak FR RM 1 1
  8,789 169 Twin Owls, The “Gem Peak” 0.9 Estes Park FR RM
MU
2  

Notes by Gerry Roach

  1. Our climbs in the Rocky Mountain National Park Region
    Gerry Roach’s totals: 364 ascents; 109/113 hard ranked; 8/8 soft ranked; 192/199 overall
    Jennifer Roach’s totals: 331 ascents; 97/113 hard ranked; 7/8 soft ranked; 167/199 overall
    Gerry and Jennifer’s combined total as of 10/17/10: 695 ascents

  2. There are 199 summits on this list, of which 113 are hard ranked and 8 are soft ranked.

  3. This extended Rocky Mounatin National Park list’s scope is all of Rocky Mountain National Park plus peaks over 11,000 feet near the park. The southern park boundary bounds the list on the south, since Gerry’s Indian Peaks list covers peaks south of the park. This extended RMNP list is bounded on the north by Colorado 14 and, with one exception (Parkview), on the west by Colorado 125. There are no peaks over 11,000 feet east of the 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 Point 12,716.

  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.

  9. On 7/16/08, Gerry did careful hand leveling from the summit of South Nokhu Crag and determined that North Nokhu Crag is 3 to 5 feet higher than South Nokhu Crag. The range is due to the uncertainty over what were cairn rocks on North Nokhu Crag’s summit. Since North Nokhu Crag has the given elevation of 12,485 feet, I list the elevation of South Nokhu Crag as 12,480 feet, which honors it’s highest closed contour, but does no extrapolation above that elevation. Thus, North Nokhu Crag is the ranked summit, and South Nokhu Crag is an unranked summit. The traverse between these two summits is hedious; approach the south summit from the south and the north summit from the north.
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