Stats of Otter Mountain
Prominence: 386 feet
CO Peaks Rank: 808
Otter Mountain is not a popular mountain to the normal Coloradoan. It is located in the Front Range, south of Georgetown, next to Guanella Pass. Though overlooked, Otter Mountain’s summit provides stellar views of the Sawtooth, the famous ridge between Mt. Bierstadt and Mount Evans. On a clear day one can see five of Colorado’s 14ers from its summit. These include Mt. Bierstadt, Mt. Evans, Torreys Peak, Grays Peak, and Longs Peak. On a normal summer weekend you could very well have the summit all to yourself as you gander at the hundreds of cars parked at Guanella Pass.
Red TapeThere is no Red Tape to hike Otter Mountain.
CampingCamping is available at Guanella Pass Campground.
RoutesOtter Mountain can be climbed by a few different routes. A common route would be to hike in combination with Mount Wilcox. Here is a route some people have used for that. Another Trip Report for the same route.
I have detailed route information here to hike just Otter Mountain. Someone wanting something more challenging could hike the nearby ridges and bag Mount Wilcox, Mount Edwards, and Argentine Peak along with Otter Mountain. Here is a trip report.