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Red Peak

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One of the most accessible and dramatic high peaks in the Gores. The scenery getting there is pretty great too.


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1.2

Miles

2.0

KM

Point to Point

13,098' 3,992 m

High

11,746' 3,580 m

Low

1,397' 426 m

Up

50' 15 m

Down

22%

Avg Grade (12°)

52%

Max Grade (27°)

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There are hundreds of jaw-droppingly-spectacular peaks in the Gore Range, but most of them require miles of scrambling on semi-technical terrain to reach. Red Peak is one of the few exceptions. It's high, but getting there requires only a leg-burning hike up a ridgeline to reach its pointy, view-ridden, 13,137' summit.

Start from the popular Red Buffalo Pass (which is itself probably the easiest ridgeline crossing in the Gores), which you in turn accessed from either the Gore Creek Trail from East Vail or the Buffalo Mountain Loop. There's no trail per se, but a tundra and talus ridgeline to follow up and up and up some more. You'll gain about 1100' in a mile to the western sub-summit. Then downclimb a little bit and follow the sharp ridge eastward to the summit of Red Peak. Voila! You've bagged a Gore summit!

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Charles Danforth

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Amy "runs" the ridge toward Red Peak. Red Buffalo Pass is below with Eccles Pass beyond.
Jun 29, 2019 near Silvert…, CO
Summit of Red Peak looking north.
Jun 29, 2019 near Silvert…, CO

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