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Mount Hope

Mount Hope

Mount Hope

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.54360°N / 106.87069°W

Object Title: Mount Hope

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Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Summer

Elevation: 12834 ft / 3912 m


Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Jul 22, 2016 / Oct 20, 2017

Object ID: 977691

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Mount Hope rises to the north of Archuleta Lake in the Weminuche Wilderness of the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. A trail starts at Big Meadows Reservoir not far from Route 160 and goes 6.75 miles uphill to reach Archuleta Lake. Beyond the lake, the trail continues up the slopes of Mount Hope to around 12500 ft where you can leave trail and hike to the top of Mount Hope. A day hike to Mount Hope via this route will be 16 miles long roundtrip with 3600 ft of net elevation gain.

North face of Mount Hope from the slopes of Table Mountain

Getting There

From Wolf Creek Pass on Route 160, drive a few miles east and turn left onto Route 410 to Big Meadows Reservoir. Under ordinary conditions, this is a well graded dirt road passable by any car. After a few miles you will see a split on the road with left going to Big Meadows Campground. Go right (on Road 430) and shortly after take the left to Big Meadows Reservoir Boating Site. Trailhead is at the end of the parking area.


All distances are per my GPS

Big Meadows Reservior Trailhead
9220 ft
zero miles
Archuleta Lake
11740 ft
6.75 miles
12834 ft
1.25 miles
Total One Way
8.0 miles

At the Big Meadows Trailhead, Mount Hope will not be visible and will not come to view until you get close to Archuleta Lake. Follow the trail on the northwestern shoreline of Big Meadows Reservoir heading southwest.

Big Meadows Reservoir
Big Meadows Reservoir

After less than a mile, the lake ends. You will then enter the wilderness where you may find a trail register. The trail follows the South Fork of Rio Grande. The roaring river creates many rapids here.

South Fork of Rio Grande
South fork of Rio Grande

The trail then makes a number of switchbacks going up to follow Archuleta Creek. When I was in the area, most of the trees seemed to have been killed by some type of a disease.

Point 12404 ft

As you approach Archuleta Lake, you can look north to see the southeastern slopes of Mount Hope.

Southeastern slopes of Mt. Hope
Slopes of Mt. Hope

Dead forest below the lake.

Dead forest below Archuleta Lake

At 6.75 miles, you will reach Archuleta Lake.

Archuleta Lake & Point 12404 ft
Archuleta Lake
Archuleta Lake
Archuleta Lake

Mount Hope can be seen to the northeast of the lake.

Mount Hope
Mount Hope

Maps show that the trail goes to the far south side of the lake where it reaches another trail. If you turn right on the new trail, you will supposedly come back 100 vertical feet or so above where you first reached the lake. I left the trail where I first reached the lake and went directly up the grassy slope to pick up the trail again 0.25 miles later. The trail goes to a 12500 ft saddle to the west of the summit. I left the trail at some point going up first the grassy slopes and then the boulder field to reach the top.

Above Archuleta Lake
Above Archuleta Lake

Below the summit of Mt. Hope

Views from the summit.

South River Peak
South River Peak
Archuleta Lake & Point 12404 ft
Archuleta Lake
Spotted Lake
Spotted Lake
Long Trek, Montezuma & Summit Peaks
Long Trek, Summit & Montezuma Peaks
Sawtooth & Peak 12688 ft
Sawtooth Mountain
Red Mountain
Red Mountain

Red Tape

No permits or fees.


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Southeastern slopes of Mt. HopePoint 12404 ftDead forest below Archuleta LakeSouth River PeakArchuleta Lake & Point 12404 ftArchuleta Lake & Point 12404 ftMount Hope
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