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Ptarmigan Hill
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Ptarmigan Hill

 
Ptarmigan Hill

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.49473°N / 106.2598°W

Object Title: Ptarmigan Hill

County: Summit/Eagle

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 12143 ft / 3701 m

 

Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Sep 4, 2012 / Jan 23, 2014

Object ID: 811506

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Overview

Rank: Ptarmigan Hill is Colorado’s 1229th highest ranked peak
Prominence: 378 ft



Ptarmigan Hill from Wilder Gulch




Ptarmigan Hill sits between Route 24 and I-70 near Vail Pass. A couple of four wheel drive roads start on Route 24 and go up two different drainages to reach the 11765 ft Ptarmigan Pass which sits directly to the east of Ptarmigan Hill. Approaching Ptarmigan Hill via these roads obviously involves much four wheel driving and little hiking. A good hiking option is to start at Vail Pass and hike a trail up the beautiful Wilder Gulch to reach Ptarmigan Pass.

From the summit of Ptarmigan Hill, you will have great views of the peaks of the Gore and Tenmile Mountain Ranges. Mount of the Holy Cross and a portion of I-70 will also be visible.

Getting There

Drive I-70 to Exit 190 at Vail Pass. Parking available on the west side of the highway (Roughly 100 miles west of downtown Denver).

Wilder Gulch Route






Map
Map



All distances are per my GPS

















Place
Elevation
Distance
Vail Pass
10650 ft
zero miles
Wilder Gulch Trail
10600 ft
0.75 miles
Saddle/Rd
11260 ft
2.20 miles
Ptarmigan Pass
11765 ft
0.80 miles
Summit
12143 ft
0.45 miles
Total
-
4.2 miles




Go to the south side of the parking area and follow a trail south parallel but at a distance from I-70. You will have good views of the peaks of the Tenmile Range. Pacific Peak will appear as a prominent pointy mountain. After 0.75 miles you will reach a signed junction with Wilder Gulch Trail (you could reach Wilder Gulch trail via the bike trail as well. From the parking area follow the bike trail 0.85 miles south down to 10400 ft until you see the sign for Wilder Gulch Trail which goes under a bridge on I-70).





Pacific Peak
Pacific Peak


Turn right (SW) onto Wilder Gulch Trail. Ptarmigan Hill will come to view at the end of the gulch.





Ptarmigan Hill
Ptarmigan Hill from Wilder Gulch


Wilder Gulch is a beautiful valley with meadows and forests.













Peak 1 & 2 from Wilder Gulch
Peak 1 & Peak 2 (Tenmile Peak) from Wilder Gulch
Wilder Gulch
Wilder Gulch
Wilder Gulch
Wilder Gulch
Wilder Gulch
Wilder Gulch
Peak 4 from Wilder Gulch
Peak 4 from Wilder Gulch
Wilder Gulch
Wilder Gulch


You will then reach a 11260 ft saddle and the Wearyman Creek four wheel drive road. Hike the road to go above tree-line. Ptarmigan Hill will be well visible.








Near Tree-line
Tree-line on Wearyman Road
Ptarmigan Hill
Ptarmigan Hill
On Wearyman Rd.
Wearyman Road


You will soon reach Ptarmigan Pass. Leave the road and hike up grassy slopes to the summit.





Ptarmigan Hill from Ptarmigan Pass
Ptarmigan Hill from Pass




Views from the summit:













Mt. of the Holy Cross
Mt. of the Holy Cross
Ptarmigan Pass & Tenmile Range
Ptarmigan Pass+Tenmile
Peaks 1 to 5
Peaks 1 to 5
Gore Range
Gore/Uneva
Uneva Peak & I-70
Uneva & I-70
Gore Range
Gore Range



Red Tape

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Weather

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