Rising up out of the pancake-flat rangeland to the southwest, this low wooded mountain rises to 10,412 feet which, in southern Colorado, means a solid thousand feet below timberline. Though it has no named, the mountain is a ranked Colorado Summit and, while no trail reaches its summit, it is nonetheless relatively accessible. UN 10,412, alias “Roachaburger Mountain,” is a typical Puma Hills summit in that a rather short bushwack through dense timber carries you to a summit made up of a rocky jumble of Pikes Peak granite offering limited views through the pines.
Also like its Puma Hills neighbors, this little peak will envelop the visitor in solitude. Compared to the high peaks to the west and southwest of this peak, this area sees less frequent visitation. Only die-hard peak nerds typically seek out these wooded summits, and running into another hiker on the slopes of UN 10,412 would be a novelty, indeed! Come here to enjoy the sound and feel of the untracked forest duff crunching underneath your boots and your dog’s paw pads. Smile at your good fortune of having, if only for a day, an entire mountain all to yourself.
USGS Quad: Sulphur Mountain
Rank: 2077th highest peak in Colorado
Prominence: 392 feet
Rank & Prominence Information: Lists of John
UN 10,412 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, UN 10,412 is most readily accessible via CO Rd 23 to the northwest.
Located within the Pike National Forest, there are no fees to access this area or to park. However, note that UN 10,412 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
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 Name||Elevation||Sites||Nightly Rate||Reservations?||Notes|
|Blue Mountain||8,200 ft.||21||$12||Yes||Just a couple miles south of Lake George.|
|Spruce Grove||8,600 ft.||27||$12||No||Let the gurgling Tarryall Creek sing you to sleep.|
|Twin Eagles||8,600 ft.||9||$8||No||Must haul or purify drinking water.|
|Happy Meadows||7,900 ft.||8||$12||No||Situated along the South Platte River.|
|Round Mountain||8,500 ft.||16||$12||Yes||Drinking water, vault toilet and trash pickup.|
|Springer Gulch||8,300 ft.||15||$12||Yes||Situated within the Elevenmile Canyon; water, tables, fire grates.|
|Riverside||8,000 ft.||19||$12||Yes||Situated within Elevenmile Canyon; large grassy meadow with little shade.|
Weather & Seasons
The Puma Hills are a year-round mountain range. Relatively low elevations (below timberline) and gentle grades mean minimal avalanche danger. UN 10,412 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 UN 10,412 and its Puma Hills neighbors delightful destinations in Fall.