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Schoolmarm Mountain

Schoolmarm Mountain

Schoolmarm Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.11530°N / 105.5942°W

Object Title: Schoolmarm Mountain

County: Park

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 11332 ft / 3454 m


Page By: Sarah Simon

Created/Edited: Feb 14, 2011 / Dec 2, 2012

Object ID: 698607

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The Schoolmarm Group
The Schoolmarm Group from the south

Despite the stern name, Schoolmarm Mountain is a gentle Elevener in the Puma Hills north of Hwy 24 in Park County. Schoolmarm Mountain is the highest in a grouping of wooded peaks that includes Martland Peak (11,289 feet) and Rishaberger Mountain (10,460 feet). There are many ways to the summit of Schoolmarm, but all guarantee a taste of Puma Hills bushwhacking. What is traded in limited line of sight through below timberline tree cover, though, is paid back in startling solitude afforded by a visit to these hills.

The summit features some USGS markers from 1953 and an old survey triangulation structure. The summit boulders offer limited views, but a decent place to sit, take in what views can be enjoyed, and listen to the wind in the pines. Additionally, from other parts of the summit area views are available of the Kenosha Mountains, other nearby Puma Hills, and the high-country across the vastness of South Park.

Rank: 1631st highest peak in Colorado
Prominence: 632 feet
USGS Quad: Glentivar

Rank & Prominence Source: Lists of John

Getting There

Schoolmarm Mountain Routes
Many route options from CR 23
Last few steps to summit
Last few steps to summit

There are countless routes to the summit of Schoolmarm Mountain, departing County Road 23. CR 23 is a graded dirt road suitable for most passenger vehicles. It can be reached easily from Hwy 24 west of Lake George and east of Hartsel

Red Tape

East from the summit
East from the summit
McCurdy Mountain
McCurdy Mountain from just below Schoolmarm Mountain summit

Located within the Pike National Forest, there are no fees to access this area or to park. However, note that Schoolmarm 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

1953 Reference Mark
1953 Directional Marker
1953 Triangulation Marker
1953 Triangulation Marker
Schoolmarm Mountain Summit
Schoolmarm Mountain Summit
Snow moving across South Park
Snow moving across South Park

Nearby Trailhead-Style Camping

Rustic, dry camping is available in on the numerous Forest Service roads off of CR 23. 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.

Weather & Seasons

Triangulation Structure on Summit
Triangulation Structure on Summit

Cold Late-November Summit
Cold Late-November Summit

The Puma Hills are a year-round mountain range. Relatively low elevations (below timberline) and gentle grades mean minimal avalanche danger. Schoolmarm 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 Schoolmarm Mountain and its Puma Hills neighbors delightful destinations in Fall.
Schoolmarm Mountain
Schoolmarm Mountain


Schoolmarm MountainSchoolmarm Mountain SummitSchoolmarm MountainMcCurdy MountainSchoolmarm Mountain RoutesThe Schoolmarm GroupCold Late-November Summit
Last few steps to summitSnow moving across South ParkEast from the summitTriangulation Structure on Summit1953 Triangulation Marker1953 Reference Mark