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Difficult Peak

 
Difficult Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.07818°N / 106.69868°W

Object Title: Difficult Peak

County: Pitkin

Activities: Mountaineering

Elevation: 12934 ft / 3942 m

 

Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Jul 24, 2010 / Jan 17, 2014

Object ID: 641224

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Overview

East Face
East Face, (R) Difficult Peak, (L) Point 12925 ft

 
East Face
 
 
Point 12925 ft, East Face
 


“Difficult” is just a name. Climbing Difficult Peak is no more difficult than climbing any of its nearby peaks.

Difficult Peak rises in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness of Central Colorado near the town of Aspen. It is actually visible from the southern parts of Aspen.

To the north, Difficult Peak is connected to the 12811 ft New York Peak and to the south it connects to Point 12925 ft. The valley of New York Creek sits to the east of Difficult Peak and the valley of Difficult Creek to its west. The summit of Difficult Peak is made of a broad hump which has many high points. The highest point sits in the middle of the hump.

Difficult Peak is usually climbed from the east via the valley of New York Creek. A trail will take you up to an elevation of 11600 ft where you will have to leave trail and find your own way to the summit. Route finding skills are essential.
East Face
East Face, R to L: New York Peak, Difficult Peak & Point 12925 ft

Views From The Summit








Castle Peak
Castle Peak
Mt. Snowmass
Mt. Snowmass
Anderson Peak
Anderson Peak
Town of Aspen
Town of Aspen
New York Peak
New York Peak
Point 12925 ft
Point 12925 ft
Looking south
Looking South
Lincoln Creek Valley
Lincoln Creek


Getting There

West Face
West face, the summit of Difficult Peak


From the town of Aspen, drive roughly 10 miles east on Route 82 until you see the sign for the Lincoln Gulch Road (Forest Road 106) on the right (south) side of the road.

Guidebooks might say that most cars can drive up Lincoln Gulch Road but I found it to be pretty rough and will not drive it in anything less than an SUV.

Drive the pot hole ridden Lincoln Gulch Road east. After 3.3 miles, you will see the sign for New York Creek Trail on the right. This is your trailhead.
Point 12925 ft & Lincoln Creek
Point 12925 ft & Lincoln Creek

Red Tape

No fees or permits needed for day hikes.
For other regulations, see the website for White River National Forest.


From New York Pk to Difficult
Difficult Peak from New York Peak

Weather

Click to see the forecast for the nearby town of Aspen.

Map

Map
 

Pictures

In the Pine Forest
Pine Forest
 

Velley of New York Creek





Valley of New York Creek
 
Valley of New York Creek
 
Valley of New York Creek
 
Valley of New York Creek
 


Where you leave trail




Near where we left trail
 
Above where we left trail
 


Above tree-line




Above Tree-line, Tellurium Peak
Tellurium Peak
Above Tree-line, Tabor Peak
Tabor Peak
Above Tree-line
Point 12613 ft


High Meadow




High Meadow
 
High Meadow
 


On to the summit




Traversing the scree slopes of Point 12925 ft
 
Just below summit
 
On the way to Summit
 


Pretty




On New York Creek Trail
 
Brooklyn Creek
Brooklyn Creek
On New York Creek Trail
 


Images