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Rishaberger Mountain
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Rishaberger Mountain

 
Rishaberger Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.10320°N / 105.6136°W

Object Title: Rishaberger Mountain

County: Park

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 10460 ft / 3188 m

 

Page By: Sarah Simon

Created/Edited: Oct 11, 2010 / Apr 12, 2011

Object ID: 669839

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Overview

 
Golden Aspen in Field
Golden Aspen in Field below Rishaberger Mountain


Rishaberger Mountain sits on the far eastern edge of South Park, where high rangeland butts up against the wooded and peaceful Puma Hills. About 10 miles south as the crow flies from the Tarryall Reservoir, this summit is visited by few. The long, boulder-strewn summit ridge extends east of the summit and provides opportunity for scrambling and exploring, or just lounging in the sun and enjoying views of South Park and neighboring Puma Hills while the wind whistles through the pine boughs.

Like many Puma Hills peaks, attaining the Rishaberger Mountain summit requires a bushwack through dense timber and deadfall and the summit offers somewhat limited views. The shy beauty of this area is revealed only to those with the patience and determination to dodge the high-country crowds and forego the big sky views in exchange for dark, quiet solitude through trail-less hills.

Colorado Rank: Unranked
Prominence: 240 feet
USGS Quad: Glentivar

Rank & Prominence Information: Lists of John

Getting There

 
Getting There Map
 
 
The Schoolmarm Group
The Schoolmarm Group from the south


Rishaberger Mountain resides in Park County, a large but sparsely populated Colorado County. The nearest access road is CO Rd 23 (Turner Gulch Road), which can be reached by traveling north from US Hwy 24 or south from CO Rd 77. Guarded by private property to the west and the south and by more rolling Puma Hills neighbors to the north and the east, Rishaberger Mountain is most readily accessible via CO Rd 23 to the northwest.

Red Tape

 
Badger Mountain from Rishaberger Mountain
Badger Mountain from Rishaberger Mountain
 
Schoolmarm from Rishaberger
Schoolmarm Mountain from Rishaberger Mountain



Located within the Pike National Forest, there are no fees to access this area or to park. However, note that Rishaberger Mountain is surrounded to the west, south and southeast by private property. Be mindful of the Forest Service boundary and respect the rights of property owners.

Camping & Lodging

Wild Open Rangeland
Wild Open Rangeland


 
Summit Register, Rishaberger Mountain
Summit Register, Rishaberger Mountain
 
West from rocky summit area
West from rocky summit area

Nearby Trailhead-Style Camping

Rustic, dry camping is available in one or two spots off of FS 279. This camping is first-come, first-served with no facilities. You will need to haul all of the water you need.

Lodges and Guest Ranches

Puma Hills River Ranch
Dream Stream Lodge
Ute Trail River Ranch
Bison Peak Lodge


Established National Forest Campgrounds

Campground NameElevationSitesNightly RateReservations?Notes
Blue Mountain8,200 ft.21$12YesJust a couple miles south of Lake George.
Spruce Grove8,600 ft.27$12NoLet the gurgling Tarryall Creek sing you to sleep.
Twin Eagles8,600 ft.9$8NoMust haul or purify drinking water.
Happy Meadows7,900 ft.8$12NoSituated along the South Platte River.
Round Mountain8,500 ft.16$12YesDrinking water, vault toilet and trash pickup.
Springer Gulch8,300 ft.15$12YesSituated within the Elevenmile Canyon; water, tables, fire grates.
Riverside8,000 ft.19$12YesSituated within Elevenmile Canyon; large grassy meadow with little shade.



West across Hwy 24
West across Hwy 24

Weather & Seasons

 
Rocky Summit Area
Rocky Summit Area
 
Martland Peak & Neighbors
Martland Peak & Neighbors


The Puma Hills are a year-round mountain range. Relatively low elevations (below timberline) and gentle grades mean minimal avalanche danger. Rishaberger Mountain should be accessible from late Spring through Fall. Heavy snows or snowmelt may make CO Rd 23 impassible in Winter and Spring. The aspen that thrive at these middle elevations make Rishaberger Mountain and its Puma Hills neighbors delightful destinations in Fall.

Zone Forecast for Lake George, CO

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