Aspen meadow west of Adobe Peak
Rising to over 10,000 feet in the Wet Mountains, this gentle hump of a hill provides a pleasant spot to stop and enjoy the views from its semi-wooded summit. Stunning long-range views are available west of the peak. From the summit, views to the south include Greenhorn Mountain and several Wet Mountain neighbors.
Sit and relax on this summit, clearly marked by a large cairn, enjoying the wind in the pines and watch the Mountain Mahogany sway in the breeze. This simple peak may not offer thrills, but convenient proximity to Pueblo, Colorado, and the southern Colorado Springs metro area make this an outing within easy reach.
Trails Illustrated has yet to cover this lovely area. Useful maps include: The USGS Hardscrabble Mountain Quad (for detailed navigation) and the San Isabel National Forest area map.
Rank & Prominence Info: Lists of John
Getting There & Red Tape
South toward Greenhorn USGS Marker, Adobe Peak
Adobe Peak sits about 32 miles as the crow flies to the west of Pueblo and 17 miles south of Cañon City. Adobe Peak is bordered to the south by CO Hwy 96 and to the east by Hwy 67.
There is little red tape in this part of the San Isabel National Forest. Please tread lightly on the land!
Camping & Lodging
Sangre de Cristos west of Adobe Peak Adobe Peak canine companion
There is ample camping on the dirt Forest Service roads near the peak. Ensure you are on public land before settling in!
National Forest Campgrounds
|Campground Name||Elevation||Sites||Nightly Rate||Season||Notes
|St. Charles||8,800 ft.||15||$15||May through October||Near Lake Isabel Recreation Area|
|Ophir||8,900 ft.||30||$15||Late May to early September||Very close to Bishop's Castle|
|Davenport||8,500 ft.||12||$13||Late May to early September||Close to Ophir CG|
|Oak Creek||7,600 ft.||16||Free||Year-Round||Lowest elevation; Closest to Cañon City; No water|
|La Vista||8,600 ft.||27||$15-$19 (RV)||Mid-April through Mid-October||Only CG in San Isabel NF with electric hookups|
This community has a few limited lodging options, mostly on the simple end of the spectrum. Visit this page
for more information about lodging in the Cañon City area.
This city of more than 100,000 residents has a reasonable selection of hotels and restaurants for visitors. Visit this page
for more information about lodging in and around Pueblo.
Weather & Seasons
Adobe Peak Summit
The Wet Mountains generally tend to be warmer and drier than most mountain ranges in Colorado.
Expect summers to be relatively hot compared to other mountainous areas of Colorado.
The autumn leaf display in the Wet Mountains is simply spectacular. In addition the ubiquitous golden-hued Aspen, these mountains also boast thick stands of orange-to-crimson Gamble Oak.
Nowhere near as high or steep as the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to their west, many of the Wet Mountain summits sit below timberline. Combined with a generally smaller snow-pack, much (though not all!) of the Wet Mountains can be enjoyed in snow season without that tingling fear of avalanche experienced in much of the Colorado high country.
The snows will typically melt earlier in the Spring in the Wet Mountains than in other, higher ranges and mountains to the north.