Among the top 500 highest peaks in Colorado, London Mountain sits somewhat alone, seperating the Mosquito Creek Basin to the east and northeast from American Flats and the South Mosquito Basin to the southwest.
Occupying a fine neighborhood, London Mountain is surrounded by Mosquito Range highcountry. Nearby peaks visible from the summit of London Mountain include: Pennsylvania Mountain (13,006 ft.), Mount Evans (13,577 ft.), Sheep Mountain (12,818 ft.), Mosquito Peak (13,781 ft.), Treasurevault Mountain (13,701 ft.), Mount Arkansas (13,795 ft.), Mount Tweto (13,672), Mount Buckskin (13,865 ft.) and Loveland Mountain (13,692 ft.)
This peak is readily accessible to those with a 4x4, and the west ridge provides slightly more interesting summit access than a mere walk-up, though the scrambling is easy. In addition to lovely Mosquito Range scenery as well as views of distant peaks, visitors to this mountain get to enjoy old mining structures of the North London Mine and even curious left over mining equipment, all evidence of the stamp the mineral industry has left on this mountain region.
London Mountain resides in the Pike/San Isabel National Forest. The peak is accessed from the west via Colorado Hwy 91 north of Leadville and from the east via Colorado Hwy 9 just south of Alma. Four-wheel drive access is via Mosquito Pass Road, which touches the base of the west ridge of this mountain.
Mount Buckskin with pond
There is no fee to visit this part of the Pike National Forest and permits are not required for overnight stays in the backcountry. Generally, there is relatively little red tape in this area, however, the Mosquito Gulch basin is a patchwork of property ownership, both public (mostly National Forest but one block of State of Colorado land) and private (primarily mining claims). Respect any signage that may appear, and appreciate the fact that recreational use of the land in this area goes largely unchallenged.
Please follow LNT (Leave No Trace) principals:
1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Along the West Ridge of London Mountain
Camping & Lodging
West Ridge of London Mountain
Early autumn, upper Mosquito Creek Basin
Last Steps to the Summit
Gemini from London Mountain
Dispersed 4x4 and walk-in camping is available in the Mosquito Creek basin. This area has been heavily mined, making the safety of the water suspect for human consumption.
Several national Forest developed campgrounds are available in the greater Fairplay-Alma area.
Number of Sites
Buffalo Springs Campground
Fairplay & Alma Lodging
The nearby Hwy 9 communities of Fairplay and Alma provide a laid-back atmosphere and reasonable prices for lodging. A few hotel rooms and lodges exist in these small communities, but privately-owned rental cabins can allow for ample privacy with all of the comforts of home.
Leadville/Twin Lakes Lodging
The Leadville/Twin Lakes area provides more simple down-to-earth, budget-friendly lodging option, including family RV parks. Still, proximately to several attractions, including Colorado’s High Point (Mount Elbert 14,433 ft.) mean snagging a room requires careful planning in advance of your visit.
For detailed information about lodging in the Leadville/Twin Lakes area, visit this website: Leadville Lodging
Fall: Autumn (beginning late in “calendar summer”) is a fantastic time in the Mosquito Gulch area. The tundra plants burn crimson and fiery orange, the summer crowds have begun to disperse and the afternoon thunderstorms become less of given.
Winter & Spring: Mosquito Pass Road is likely plowed the first few miles from Hwy 9 through the tiny community of Park City. An approach from the west side would take advantage of the well-maintained Colorado Hwy 91. All routes in this area in the winter need to keep carefully in mind the generally unstable Colorado snowpack.
Summer: Summer makes for easy access (clear, typically dry roads), but the afternoon thunderstorm (that sometimes arrives in late morning!) becomes a key objective hazard. Start early in the day to be back down to treeline prior to the daily storm. This area is also quite popular with motorized vehicle recreationalist in the summer, so if you do not enjoy sharing the high country with dirt bikes and ATVs, then plan to visit “Repeater Peak” some other time of the year.