Difficult Peak

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Mountain/Rock
Location:
Colorado, United States, North America
County:
Pitkin
Activities:
Mountaineering
Elevation:
12934 ft / 3942 m
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Difficult Peak
Created On: Jul 24, 2010
Last Edited On: Oct 13, 2017

Overview

East FaceEast Face, (R) Difficult Peak, (L) Point 12925 ft

East Face
Point 12925 ft, East Face


“Difficult” is just a name. Climbing Difficult Peak is no more difficult than climbing any of its nearby peaks.

Difficult Peak rises in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness of Central Colorado near the town of Aspen. It is actually visible from the southern parts of Aspen.

To the north, Difficult Peak is connected to the 12811 ft New York Peak and to the south it connects to Point 12925 ft. The valley of New York Creek sits to the east of Difficult Peak and the valley of Difficult Creek to its west. The summit of Difficult Peak is made of a broad hump which has many high points. The highest point sits in the middle of the hump.

Difficult Peak is usually climbed from the east via the valley of New York Creek. A trail will take you up to an elevation of 11600 ft where you will have to leave trail and find your own way to the summit. Route finding skills are essential.
East FaceEast Face, R to L: New York Peak, Difficult Peak & Point 12925 ft

Views From The Summit








Castle PeakCastle Peak
Mt. SnowmassMt. Snowmass
Anderson PeakAnderson Peak
Town of AspenTown of Aspen
New York PeakNew York Peak
Point 12925 ftPoint 12925 ft
Looking southLooking South
Lincoln Creek ValleyLincoln Creek


Getting There

West FaceWest face, the summit of Difficult Peak


From the town of Aspen, drive roughly 10 miles east on Route 82 until you see the sign for the Lincoln Gulch Road (Forest Road 106) on the right (south) side of the road.

Guidebooks might say that most cars can drive up Lincoln Gulch Road but I found it to be pretty rough and will not drive it in anything less than an SUV.

Drive the pot hole ridden Lincoln Gulch Road east. After 3.3 miles, you will see the sign for New York Creek Trail on the right. This is your trailhead.
Point 12925 ft & Lincoln CreekPoint 12925 ft & Lincoln Creek

Red Tape

No fees or permits needed for day hikes.
For other regulations, see the website for White River National Forest.


From New York Pk to DifficultDifficult Peak from New York Peak

Weather

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Map

Map

Pictures

In the Pine Forest
Pine Forest

Velley of New York Creek





Valley of New York Creek
Valley of New York Creek
Valley of New York Creek
Valley of New York Creek


Where you leave trail




Near where we left trail
Above where we left trail


Above tree-line




Above Tree-line, Tellurium PeakTellurium Peak
Above Tree-line, Tabor PeakTabor Peak
Above Tree-linePoint 12613 ft


High Meadow




High Meadow
High Meadow


On to the summit




Traversing the scree slopes of Point 12925 ft
Just below summit
On the way to Summit


Pretty




On New York Creek Trail
Brooklyn CreekBrooklyn Creek
On New York Creek Trail








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