Delaney Butte is located in the Delaney Butte State Wildlife Area just east of the Park Range, in north central Colorado. While it is not a major peak, it is a distinct landmark and it’s 1,057 feet of prominence offers 360 degree vistas of North Park and the ranges that surround it: the Park Range, the southern end of the Sierra Madre Range, the entire Medicine Bow Range, the Never Summer Range, the Rabbit Ears Range and far to the south, the Gore Range.
The Butte in Fall
South Delaney sunset
Medicine Bow and Never Summer Ranges over South Delaney
Geologically speaking, Delaney Butte is the southern most of a series of three narrow faulted anticlines that form an elongated ridge on the western edge of North Park. The other two being Sheep Mountain and Boettcher Ridge.
Delaney Butte from Jackson County Rd 18, looking west with the Park Range behind
Path of bowling balls
Pretty straightforward-North ridge from the saddle at 8,900 ft. Easy walking Class 2, no trail to the saddle. Class 3 in spots up the north ridge with scrambling over bowling ball size rocks to the 9,307 ft summit.
South ridge looks a little longer but doable.
The summit with the northern portion of the Park Range beyond
Sheep Mountain from the north ridge
North Ridge route
North ridge from the western shore of the South lake-1.6 miles to the summit with 1,200 feet of elevation gain.
From Walden, drive 0.5 mile west on CO 14, then turn right onto Jackson County Road 12 and follow it 5.3 miles to Jackson County Road 18. Go 4.5 miles west on Jackson CR 18 to Jackson CR 5, then go north 0.5 mile to Delaney Butte Lakes.
Camping & Services
Aspen Grove on the lower slopes of the Butte
Camping: Informal (No Fee) camping is available at the lakes. Pit toilets are provided. No water or other ammenties.
Services: Most basic services available in Walden, approx. 11 miles east.