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Pagosa Peak

 
Pagosa Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.44379°N / 107.06676°W

Object Title: Pagosa Peak

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County: Mineral

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Summer

Elevation: 12640 ft / 3853 m

 

Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Jul 10, 2016 / Oct 20, 2017

Object ID: 976513

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Overview


West face of Pagosa Peak





Pagosa Peak is a prominent mountain that rises to the north of the town of Pagosa Springs at the southern edge of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado. Its summit provides the climber with commanding views of the plains to the south and west as well as other peaks of the San Juan Range to the north and east. An unsigned but well-beaten trail starts at an elevation of 10180 ft and goes 2 steep miles to the summit of Pagosa Peak. Reaching this trail requires four wheel drive. With two wheel drive, you should add another 3.9 miles and 1460 ft of vertical.




Southeastern face of Pagosa Peak

Getting There

From the junction of Route 160 and Lewis St./N Fifth St. in Pagosa Springs, CO, turn north onto N Fifth St. Pavement soon ends and the road will become Route 400/Four Mile Road. Drive this road 8 miles north and turn left onto Fourmile Trail/Route 634. Drive roughly 13 miles to the junction with Route 661. This is 2WD Trailhead (under dry conditions any vehicle should be able to make it to this spot). There is no designated parking but a few cars can park in the grassy area. 4WD can continue 3.9 miles up Route 661. Keep your eyes open for the unsigned trailhead at a switchback on the road.




Route

All distances are per my GPS
Place
Elevation
Distance
2WD Trailhead
8720 ft
zero miles
4WD Trailhead
10180 ft
3.90 miles
Saddle
11560 ft
1.30 miles
Summit
12640 ft
0.75 miles
Total One Way
-
5.95 miles





Walk or drive up the 4WD road.

On the 4WD road
 
on the 4WD road
 



As you get close to trailhead, Pagosa Peak comes to view.

Pagosa Peak from 4WD road
Pagosa Peak


The trailhead had no official sign when I visited. A blaze in a tree at a switchback may mark it. Leave the road and follow the steep trail up the forest.

On Pagosa Peak Trail
On the trail


You will then reach the 11560 ft saddle. Turn north and follow the steep trail up the ridgetop.

From the 11560 ft saddle
Southern ridgeline


Going above tree-line.

On the southern ridgeline
On the southern ridgeline


False summit.

False summit of Pagosa Peak
False summit


True summit from false summit.

True summit from false summit
True summit from false summit


Views from the summit.

False summit from true summit
False summit
Looking SW from the summit
Plains to the southwest
Toner & Sugarloaf Mountains
Toner & Sugarloaf Mountains
(L) Sugarloaf, (R) Point 12603 ft
Sugarloaf & Point 12603 ft
Cherry Cairn Peak on the right
Cherry Cairn Peak
(L) Point 12473 ft, (R) Eagle & Saddle Mtns
Point 12473 & Eagle Mountain


Red Tape

No fees or permits.

When to Climb

Easiest in summer.

Images

West face of Pagosa PeakToner & Sugarloaf MountainsTrue summit from false summitSoutheast face of Pagosa PeakFrom the 11560 ft saddleOn the 4WD roadOn the southern ridgeline
on the 4WD roadFalse summit of Pagosa PeakFalse summit from true summitOn Pagosa Peak TrailPagosa Peak from 4WD road(L) Sugarloaf, (R) Point 12603 ftsoutheast face of Pagosa Peak
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