Colorado 14ers: Kit Carson Peak

Knock off two thrilling 14ers on this strenuous 11.2-mile, out-and-back adventure in Colorado's rugged Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. Also makes a great overnight.
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Knock off two thrilling 14ers on this strenuous 11.2-mile, out-and-back adventure in Colorado's rugged Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. Also makes a great overnight.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.2

Waypoints

KCP001

Location: 37.9891128540039, -105.664245605469

Begin on E side parking lot

KCP002

Location: 37.9888687133789, -105.662582397461

Turn R onto Willow Lake Approach; cross creek twice; turn L

KCP003

Location: 37.9897727966309, -105.646125793457

Bear R, staying on the side of the ridge

KCP004

Location: 37.991455078125, -105.624603271484

Ascend up headwall on a series of switchbacks

KCP005

Location: 37.9935569763184, -105.612037658691

View the lower falls @ Willow Lake

KCP006

Location: 37.9941673278809, -105.61124420166

Bear L along the N shore of Willow Lake

KCP007

Location: 37.9950790405273, -105.607559204102

Turn L, moving up the cliffs ahead. Watch for storm clouds

KCP008

Location: 37.9915542602539, -105.605674743652

Bear S; scramble up long, steep slope on rock benches

KCP009

Location: 37.9838600158691, -105.610061645508

Head E @ prominent ridgeline

KCP010

Location: 37.9803657531738, -105.606513977051

Challenger Point (14,081 ft.); descend slightly to saddle

KCP011

Location: 37.9798011779785, -105.603759765625

Follow Kit Carson Alley, a natural ledge that traverses the cliffs of Kit Carson

KCP012

Location: 37.979118347168, -105.601760864258

Veer L, then climb up gulley to Kit Carson Peak (14,165 ft.); views of the Sangre de Cristo Range; retrace steps to trailhead