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Southwest Slopes

Southwest Slopes

Southwest Slopes

Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.61300°N / 107.591°W

Object Title: Southwest Slopes

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Time Required: A long day

Difficulty: Class 2+

Grade: II

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Page By: Brian Kalet

Created/Edited: Aug 15, 2006 / Jan 6, 2014

Object ID: 216111

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Jupiter Mountain is at Needle Creek's head, 0.6 miles south of Windom Peak and fifteen miles south-southeast of Silverton. It is the 92nd highest peak in Colorado.
Jupiter Mountain s north face...
Jupiter Mountain's North Face. Jupiter's West Ridge leads right from the summit.

Jupiter is the first prominent peak one sees while hiking up the Needle Creek Trail into Chicago Basin in the Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado's largest. From the summit, there are great views of the Chicago Basin fourteeners Mount Eolus, North Eolus, Sunlight Peak & Windom Peak, Jagged Mountain and The Rio Grande Pyramid. The Southwest Slopes Route is Jupiter's standard and easiest route and the only route that should be climbed during snow free periods.
Jupiter from high in Chicago Basin
Jupiter Mountain from 11,100 in Chicago Basin

Getting There

Jupiter Mountain's Page describes the involved approach. The best place to camp if attempting Jupiter Mountain and the Chicago Basin Fourteeners in the same trip, but different days is near the upper Twin Lakes and Columbine Pass intersection at 11,200'.

Route Description

From camp at 11,200' near the upper Twin Lakes and Columbine Pass intersection, follow the Columbine Pass Trail until over Jupiter Mountain's west ridge. Leave the trail here and gain Jupiter Mountain's west ridge. Follow the long ridge, staying south to avoid difficulties to the 13,780' false summit. From the false summit, follow the ridge to the true summit staying north to avoid difficulties.
Mount Eolus, North Eolus, Windom Peak, Sunlight Peak & Jupiter Mountain
Red = approach. Black = Jupiter Mtn.'s SW slopes route. Blue = Mt. Eolus, N. Eolus, Windom & Sunlight Peaks.

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Jupiter Mountain's Southwest Ridge Route

From Camp at 11,200'

Roundtrip Distance: ~2.7 miles
Elevation Gain: ~2,700'

From Needleton Trailhead at 8,212'

Roundtrip Distance: 15.9 miles
Elevation Gain: 5,700'

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Colorado's Thirteeners from Hikes to Climbs


Jupiter Mountain\'s north face...Showing the standard, class...Jupiter Mountain\'s southwest...Jupiter from high in Chicago BasinJupiter Mountain\'s Southwest Slopes RouteMount Eolus, North Eolus, Windom Peak, Sunlight Peak & Jupiter Mountain