East Slopes

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 39.49584°N / 105.63084°W
Additional Information Route Type: Hiking
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Time Required: Half a day
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Mount Logan East Slope
Mount Logan East Slope | DerekFreed

This is a mellow and easy-going ascent of a gentle Colorado 12er.  The route combines:
  • On-trail travel
  • Walks along old roadbeds (typically unmarked) 
  • Bushwhacking through trees, meadows and boulder fields
  • Tundra hopping to the summit

Getting There

Mount Evans Wilderness
Mount Evans Wilderness | DerekFreed

Old Cabin
Old Cabin | DerekFreed

Follow Hwy 285 west from Denver for 28 miles. At a stop light, turn northwest (right, if coming from Denver) onto Park County Road 43. Follow CR 43 for 6.8 miles to a fork in the road. Bear left at this fork and continue an additional 2 miles (past the campground) to the Deer Creek Trailhead.

4x4 is not required to reach this trailhead unless there is deep snow present. In dry summer conditions, a sedan or motor cycle could reach this trailhead, if desired.

Key Waypoints, Map & Elevation Profile

Map of East Slopes Route
Map of East Slopes Route

Location Mile Mark Elevation Coordinates
Deer Creek TH 0.0 9,275' 39.51063, 105.56679
Left At Trail Split 0.1 9,310' 39.51082, 105.56841
Left On Southwest Road 0.4 9,360' 39.51210, 105.57195
Road End 1.5 10,310' 39.50288, 105.58566
Upper Lake 3.1 11,170' 39.50127, 105.60689
Slope Start 3.4 11,600' 39.49694, 105.61229
Mount Logan Summit 4.75 12,870' 39.49584, 105.63084

Profile of East Slopes Route
Profile of East Slopes Route

Route Description

Southwest Road
Southwest Road | DerekFreed
Southwest Road
Southwest Road | DerekFreed

Faint Trail
Faint Trail | DerekFreed

Talus Crossing
Talus Crossing | DerekFreed
Lake Along East Slope Route
Lake Along East Slope Route | DerekFreed

Breaking Treeline
Breaking Treeline | DerekFreed

East slope and couloirs.
East slope and couloirs | DerekFreed
Pt 12509
Pt 12509 | DerekFreed

Logan and Pt 12509 Saddle
Logan and Pt 12509 Saddle | DerekFreed

Final Walk to the Summit
Final Walk to the Summit | DerekFreed

Essential Gear

East Slope from 11,600
East Slope from 11,600' | DerekFreed

• Map & compass
• Comfortable hiking boots or shoes
• Snowshoes or skis after a heavy snowfall
• Water and snacks
• A camera to save memories of the high country views
• First aid kit
• Other standard backcountry essentials



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