Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Lat/Lon: 39.75200°N / 106.3626°W
Activities: Mountaineering
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Elevation: 12709 ft / 3874 m


Corner Peak Group

The Corner Peak Group is basically a miniature version of the Ripsaw Ridge - a series of craggy spines and towers offering an exciting ridge scramble in absolute solitude.

It sits high above the Piney River, East Meadow Creek and Cataract Creek Valleys and forms together wih Meridian Peak the most Northwestern extension of the Gore Range.

The summit registries on Eastern Corner and Corner Peak show both less than 15 signatures from 2003 to July 2011 - so don't excpect to run into crowds.

The Corner Peak Group consists of three highpoints

East Corner - 12,626 ft

Corner Peak - 12,709 ft

Northwest Corner - 12,663 ft

Getting There

Corner Peak

Corner Peak Group can be accessed from two trailheads

Trailhead 1: Piney Lake

Get off at Exit 176 on I 70 - go west and turn on Redsandstone Rd, which turns into Piney Lake Road. Piney Lake Road is in decent shape until it descends down to Piney River Valley. The last 5 miles of the road are full off deep potholes, it will be a very very slow ride - but it is makeable for a normal sedan. Park before the Piney Lake Resort gate to your right

Traihead 2: Cataract Lakes

Get off at Exit 205 in Silverthorne, head north about 16 miles on Highway 9 and turn west on CR 30. Follow the road to CR 1725, turn left and follow the road to the Surpise Lake Trailhead (parking fee).

Red Tape/Mountain Conditions/Gear/Camping

Descent from Northwest Corner

You will hike almost entirely within the Eagle's Nest Wilderness. Please abide to all rules and regulations to keep this place as pristine as you found it

Get an early start - Gore Range is prone to very heavy thunderstorms in summer - be off the ridge at noon.

Avalanches pose a considerable threat on each side of the ridge until early summer.

You might encounter deep snow packs on each side of the ridge until July - bring ice axe and crampons - a helmet is a must for any time of the year.

The ridge connecting Northwest Corner and Meridian Peak is often heavily corniced on its East (Cataract Lakes) side until deep into the summer!

Plenty of space for camping on either side of the ridges.

Corner Peak Group is a very rarely climbed rige - if anything goes wrong you will be on your own - even more so in the very remote Meadow Creek Valley.