Tallest Dunes Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 1,810' 552 m
Descent: -1,810' -552 m
High: 8,705' 2,653 m
Low: 8,047' 2,453 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“A route through the most rigorous and beautiful parts of the Sand Dunes.”— Isaac Bozeman
Once on top of High Dune, follow the ridge down to the SW, and after a little ways you'll need to do some switchbacks down into a little valley. After that, you'll start a the climb up to Star Dune. This climb is also steeper, so use switchbacks.
Once on top of Star Dune, you can follow its northern arm out, and then branch off to the east. Just follow the sand field to the NE, and try to stay on flatter ground. After a ways (6.2 miles), you'll come between two dunes, after this is your ascent of Highest Dune. Switchback your way up this one also. Highest Dune is much higher then Star Dune, or High Dune. This is only because it sits at a much higher elevation (2,650+ feet), but the actual sand portion is smaller.
To return, just head back the way you came.