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South Ridge

South Ridge

South Ridge

Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.32102°N / 105.27546°W

Object Title: South Ridge

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Class II to V - depending on route selection

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Created/Edited: Nov 15, 2008 / Dec 29, 2009

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Getting There

Cathedral Spires from Summit

Travel South on US 285 - west bound (Hampden Av. within city limits) to the small town of Pine Junction.

Turn south on County Road 126, pass through Pine and Buffalo Creek.

Kelsey Campground is 17 miles down the road from Pine Junction on your right side.

Campground is charging USD 4.00 for day use parking - there are a couple spots along the road where you can park, too.

Campground is closed in winter - I guess no one will care if you park along the access road

Route Description

On the ridge
South Face from Kelsey Campground

The South Ridge of Little Scraggy Peak raises right above the Kelsey Campground - with distinctive rock towers at both of its edges.

Scramble up the South Ridge- depending on route selection you can keep it to an easy II - hike or turn it into a Class V climb.

The ridge will eventually almost level out. Hike for another 0.5 miles through forest along the "crest" of the ridge.

The view of the main summit is for most the time concealed by trees - you won't see it until you have almost reached it.

Gaining the summit is an easy scramble up the summit rocks - great panorma views wait for you!

Mountain Condition

Thunder Butte & Pikes Peak

Mountain can be climbed all year round.

No water on the mountain.

Lots of thorn scrub and cactus on the south slope.

Rocks are slippery when snow covered.

Essential Gear

Pikes Peak & Thunder Butte

Sturdy hiking boots.


Main SummitOn the ridgeSouth Ridge Route MapPikes Peak & Thunder ButteSouth Face from Kelsey CampgroundCathedral Spires from SummitThunder Butte & Pikes Peak