Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 39.07818°N / 106.69868°W
Additional Information County: Pitkin
Activities Activities: Mountaineering
Additional Information Elevation: 12934 ft / 3942 m
Sign the Climber's Log


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


Click to see the forecast for the nearby town of Aspen.




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


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



Children refers to the set of objects that logically fall under a given object. For example, the Aconcagua mountain page is a child of the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits.' The Aconcagua mountain itself has many routes, photos, and trip reports as children.