"Stony Pass Peak" = UN 13,165 feet is a quick jaunt from the Stony pass across the tundra and up a rocky ridge finish with just a little bit of scrambling. 40 minutes or even less to the top depending on your level of fitness and acclimatization. It is a perfect roadside attraction, quick summit with great views in all directions. And if you have extra energy left you can summit Canby Mountain just on the opposite side of the pass. Stony Pass is a popular 4 WD destination and the area has amazing wildflowers in the summer. The Stony Pass road is closed from mid fall into the start of the summer making winter access very long. The Continental Divide trail and Colorado Trail passes here and just below the eastern flanks of the Stony Peak.
Total Mileage: 1 (1/2 mile up and 1/2 mile down)
Total elevation gain: 600 feet
Trailhead: Stony Pass
Trailhead Elevation: 12,590 feet
Nearby Mountains: the area is surrounded by many beautiful mountains. The views from the summit into the Grenadier range are spectacular.
Canby Mountain: 0.7 miles
Sheep Mountain: 1.99 miles
“Hardrocker”: 1.03 miles
“Could Be”: 0.75 miles
Green Mountain A: 0.56 miles
Little Giant Peak: 2.54 miles
Greenhalgh Mountain: 2.7 milesStony Pass got its name because of the rocky terrain. It was also called Hamilton Pass, after the builder of the first wagon road over the pass, and as Rio Grande Pass (the river flows on its eastern side). The Stony Pass crossing holds a great deal of historic interest. The Ute used the trail for centuries, and Spanish artifacts have been found in the area. It is believed that prospectors started to use the pass since 1860s. Major Hamilton built a wagon road along the route in 1872. Initially the road was heavily used as a stage route and a major supply line for the 4,000 mining claims in the area.