ElevationAscent: 5,729' 1,746 m
Descent: -5,457' -1,663 m
High: 14,137' 4,309 m
Low: 10,074' 3,071 m
GradeAvg Grade: 15% (9°)
Max Grade: 141% (55°)
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“A truly epic hike covering three of Colorado's hardest 14ers in one fell swoop.”— Tyler Prince
Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Need to Know
And, if you don't already know what to bring and when to start a 14er...avoid this hike! And please do bring a helmet and a partner.
Get an early start. 3 AM is a good time - it will be light by the time you start the technical portions and gives you a chance to beat the weather. If weather turns by noon you can evacuate down Navajo Lake Trail back to Kilpacker Trailhead. If it's still good you can complete the entire route.
Start up the Kilpacker Trail, staying right at the junction with El Diente Southern Slopes approach. Don't go up and into Navajo Basin unless you plan to split up these peaks - it takes more time. Summit El Diente and continue across the Wilson Traverse to summit Mt. Wilson. Descend Mt. Wilson Trail into Navajo Basin. Hike up the northern side of the basin via the final portion of the Navajo Lake Trail to reach the Rock of Ages Saddle. From here, hike Wilson Peak Trail to the summit of Wilson Peak. Backtrack back down to the saddle, and head down the other side on the talus of Rock of Ages Trail. Once you reach the road, it's just a class 1 walk out.
You'll probably be pretty scraped up after this. There's a stream a mile down the road once you reach the Rock of Ages Trail parking area. It's a good place for a quick dip.
This is an absurd "grand slam" of a hike. If it's your kind of thing, check out the Chicago Basin Grand Slam, or string together some routes near Blanca Peak or the Crestones.
Flora & Fauna
History & Background
Land Manager: USFS - San Juan National Forest Office