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Vasquez Mountains
Area/Range

Vasquez Mountains

 
Vasquez Mountains

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.79600°N / 105.854°W

Object Title: Vasquez Mountains

Activities: Hiking, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 12947 ft / 3946 m

 

Page By: Brian Kalet

Created/Edited: Jan 12, 2006 / Sep 5, 2014

Object ID: 171197

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Overview

The Vasquez Mountains are an indistinct subrange of Colorado's Front Range. The Vasquez Mountains extend west of U.S. 40 near Berthoud Pass and the Fraser River Valley & north of Woods Creek east of the Continental Divide to the Williams Fork on the west and then north to the Colorado River near Hot Sulphur Springs, they are a small L shaped range. The summits of the Vasquez Mountains are generally in the twelve thousand foot range. Although the terrain of these mountains consists of much rolling tundra; glaciation has carved some impressive cirques in the eastern aspects of many of the ridges and mountains in the area. The Vasquez Mountains are home to two of Colorado's wilderness areas: the Vasquez Peak Wilderness in the south and the Byers Peak Wilderness in the north. The intervening Fraser Experimental Forest lends a deep wilderness feel to these mountains as the forest separates the summits from civilization with a thick blanket of Engleman Spruce and Lodgepole Pine.

Although less dramatic then the nearby Indian Peaks and Gore Range, which offer superb vantages, the Vasquez Mountains offer a quiet and intimate mountain experience. An extensive trail system offers excellent access to these mountains: The Continental Divide Trail follows the southern slopes of these mountains, the Mount Nystrom Trail enters the heart of the Vasquez Peak Wilderness, and the St. Louis Divide Trail links the Byers Peak Wilderness with the Vasquez Peak Wilderness.
Vasquez Peak s shadowy summit...
Vasquez Peak and Byers Peak in the distance on the left. Submitted by JonBradford

List

Ranked peaks have at least 300 feet of interpolated prominence.  Summitpost links are provided when available.  When unavailable, Lists of John links are provided.

Peak Name
Rank
Elevation
Parent
Isolation
Prominence
Peak Lat.
Peak Long.
QuadrangleLand Use Designation
Vasquez Peak
1
12947
"Hassell Peak"
4.0
1007
39.7960
-105.8550
Berthoud PassVasquez Peak Wilderness Area
Byers Peak
2
12804
Vasquez Peak
6.8
1272
39.8644
-105.9467
Byers PeakByers Peak Wilderness Area
Bobtail Benchmark
3
12803
Vasquez Peak
2.2
352
39.7815
-105.8921
Byers PeakVasquez Peak Wilderness Area
12763
4
12763
Vasquez Peak
2.5
623
39.8304
-105.8725
Berthoud PassVasquez Peak Wilderness Area
Bills Peak
5
12703
Byers Peak
1.0
643
39.8560
-105.962
Byers PeakByers Peak Wilderness Area
12686
6
12686
Bills Peak
1.2
426
39.8396
-105.9523
Byers PeakByers Peak Wilderness Area
Mount Nystrom
 
12652
Bobtail Benchmark
2.0
272
39.8086
-105.9013
Byers PeakVasquez Peak Wilderness Area
12580
S
12580
Bills Peak
0.5
280
39.8475
-105.9649
Byers PeakByers Peak Wilderness Area
Stanley Mountain
7
12521
Vasquez Peak
1.9
821
39.7860
-105.8228
Berthoud PassVasquez Peak Wilderness Area
12420S12420Byers Peak0.828039.8276-105.9515Byers PeakByers Peak Wilderness Area
"Harrison Mountain"
8
12317
Woods Mountain
1.7
417
39.7529
-105.8529
Berthoud PassHenderson Mine Property
12316S12316Bobtail Benchmark0.929639.7968-105.8725Berthoud PassVasquez Peak Wilderness Area
"Russell Peak" 12300Stanley Mountain1.74039.8018-105.7940Berthoud PassArapaho National Forest
St. Louis Peak912246Bobtail Benchmark2.734639.7948-105.9385Byers PeakArapaho National Forest
Red Mountain
10
12100
"Harrison Mountain"
1.0
480
39.7586
-105.8392
Berthoud PassHenderson Mine Property
South Twin Cone 
12060
Colorado Mines Peak
3.1
160
39.8370
-105.786
Berthoud PassVasquez Peak Wilderness Area
North Twin Cone
 
12058
Colorado Mines Peak
3.5
198
39.8438
-105.7833
Berthoud PassVasquez Peak Wilderness Area
Ptarmigan Peak
11
11773
Byers Peak
2.9
873
39.9058
-105.9480
Bottle PassByers Peak Wilderness Area
116421211642Bills Peak2.838239.8316-106.0047Ute PeakByers Peak Wilderness Area
Bottle PeakS
11584
Ptarmigan Peak
0.7
284
39.9019
-105.9364
Bottle PassByers Peak Wilderness Area
"Lunch Rock"11260Stanley Mountain3.58039.8579-105.7731Berthoud PassArapaho National Forest
Green Ridge 11122Ptarmigan Peak1.02239.9149-105.9334Bottle PassBureau of Land Management
1087413 Bills Peak3.633439.8788-106.0323Sylvan ReservoirArapaho National Forest
"Vasquez Ridge"10740Stanley Mountain4.45639.8686-105.7854Berthoud PassArapaho National Forest
Blue Ridge1410731Ptarmigan Peak3.783139.9544-105.9786Bottle PassPrivate Land
Sheep Mountain1510671Blue Ridge3.093139.9533-105.9216Bottle PassBureau of Land Management 
White CliffsS10620Blue Ridge1.928039.9755-106.0002Bottle PassArapaho National Forest
Morse Mountain1610351Ptarmigan Peak2.633139.9210-105.8976Bottle PassArapaho National Forest
102651710265Blue Ridge2.640539.9159-105.9949Bottle PassArapaho National Forest
Cottonwood Benchmark1810119Blue Ridge6.941940.0414-106.0424Hot Sulphur SpringsArapaho National Forest
9905199905Cottonwood Benchmark1.8100140.0554-106.0134Hot Sulphur SpringsPrivate Land
9810209810Blue Ridge1.435039.9625-105.9450Bottle PassPrivate Land 
9755219755Blue Ridge5.441539.9483-106.0869Sylvan ReservoirArapaho National Forest
Rocky Point9750Sheep Mountain0.85039.9436-105.9313Bottle PassArapaho National Forest
Ninemile Mountain229681Blue Ridge2.562139.9983-105.9531Bottle PassPrivate Land
961723961799051.239740.0721-106.0135Hot Sulphur SpringsPrivate Land
Mount Chauncey24957596170.935540.0786-105.9995GranbyBureau of Land Management
9398259398Ninemile Mountain3.274940.0187-105.9000GranbyPrivate Land
911826911893981.745840.0397-105.9174GranbyPrivate Land
9100S910097551.628039.9693-106.1015Sylvan ReservoirArapaho National Forest
891127891193982.241140.0565-105.8833GranbyBureau of Land Management
Curtis RidgeS886097552.328039.9585-106.1279Battle MountainPrivate Land
8820288820Blue Ridge2.032040.0157-105.9831GranbyPrivate Land

External Links

Map of Vasquez Mountains
List of Vasquez Mountains
Lists of John Member Progress

Credits

JonBradford
Summit Sight

Images

Vasquez Peak\'s shadowy summit...Vasquez Peak Wilderness