It’s not every day you get to stand at the summit of a mountain, looking out across the miles stretching far beneath you. As such, if you decide to spend the day tackling a peak, you want to ensure you’re making the most of it. Which one has the prettiest trails, the most breathtaking views, or the most exhilarating climb? We list some of the most exciting peaks to climb in Colorado.
There are few things better than being at the top of Mount Elbert—experience the extreme feeling of climbing to the summit of Colorado’s tallest mountain. Standing at 14,440 feet, this mountain isn’t the most difficult climb, but the thrill of getting to the top and overlooking the rest of the Rockies makes it one of the most awe-inspiring peaks in the area.
The tallest peak in the San Juan range, Uncompahgre offers a colorful climb to the summit. It receives more rain than the rest of the Rockies, which means your path will feature lush meadows and wildflowers alongside the usual stunning mountain views.
A dangerous trail even for experienced climbers, Capitol Peak is an exhilarating mountain to tackle. The trip starts with a long, gorgeous hike surrounded by creek and forest, then turns into a jagged, exposed climb along the infamous Knife Edge ridge. The adrenaline rush of scrambling along the ridge before the steep ascent to the summit certainly makes this one of the most exciting peaks to climb in Colorado.
Windom Peak makes up one-third of the Chicago Basin. It’s a little shorter than its neighbors, Eolus Peak and Sunlight Peak, but it stands out with its jutting boulders and fun scrambles to the summit. There’s also a scenic railroad leading to the trailhead, making the approach just as exciting as the climb.
Standing tall amongst its fellow peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park, Longs Peak is on the bucket list of many mountain hiking fans. The last part of the climb features narrow ledges, steep ascents, and boulder fields to scramble. In the end, you can stand on the summit, knowing you’re one of only 50 percent of visitors who makes it to the top—which makes every step worth it.
Hiking any of these peaks is sure to leave you with lifelong memories. When you do go, don’t forget to prepare for the experience or commemorate the trip by customizing your gear with one of our Colorado patches.