Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 37.44379°N / 107.06676°W
Additional Information GPX File: Download GPX » View Route on Map
Additional Information County: Mineral
Activities Activities: Mountaineering
Seasons Season: Summer
Additional Information Elevation: 12640 ft / 3853 m
Sign the Climber's Log


West face of Pagosa Peak


Pagosa Peak is a prominent mountain that rises to the north of the town of Pagosa Springs at the southern edge of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado. Its summit provides the climber with commanding views of the plains to the south and west as well as other peaks of the San Juan Range to the north and east. An unsigned but well-beaten trail starts at an elevation of 10180 ft and goes 2 steep miles to the summit of Pagosa Peak. Reaching this trail requires four-wheel drive. With two-wheel drive, you should add another 3.9 miles and 1460 ft of vertical.

Southeastern face of Pagosa Peak


Getting There

From the junction of Route 160 and Lewis St./N Fifth St. in Pagosa Springs, CO, turn north onto N Fifth St. Pavement soon ends and the road will become Route 400/Four Mile Road. Drive this road 8 miles north and turn left onto Fourmile Trail/Route 634. Drive roughly 13 miles to the junction with Route 661. This is 2WD Trailhead (under dry conditions any vehicle should be able to make it to this spot). There is no designated parking but a few cars can park in the grassy area. 4WD can continue 3.9 miles up Route 661. Keep your eyes open for the unsigned trailhead at a switchback on the road.


All distances are per my GPS

2WD Trailhead
8720 ft
zero miles
4WD Trailhead
10180 ft
3.90 miles
11560 ft
1.30 miles
12640 ft
0.75 miles
Total One Way
5.95 miles

Walk or drive up the 4WD road.

On the 4WD road
on the 4WD road

As you get close to the trailhead, Pagosa Peak comes into view.

Pagosa Peak from 4WD roadPagosa Peak

The trailhead had no official sign when I visited. A blaze in a tree at a switchback may mark it. Leave the road and follow the steep trail up the forest.

On Pagosa Peak TrailOn the trail

You will then reach the 11560 ft saddle. Turn north and follow the steep trail up the ridgetop.

From the 11560 ft saddleSouthern ridgeline

Going above tree-line.

On the southern ridgelineOn the southern ridgeline

False summit.

False summit of Pagosa PeakFalse summit

True summit from the false summit.

True summit from false summitTrue summit from false summit

Views from the summit.

False summit from true summitFalse summit
Looking SW from the summitPlains to the southwest
Toner & Sugarloaf MountainsToner & Sugarloaf Mountains
(L) Sugarloaf, (R) Point 12603 ftSugarloaf & Point 12603 ft
Cherry Cairn Peak on the rightCherry Cairn Peak
(L) Point 12473 ft, (R) Eagle & Saddle MtnsPoint 12473 & Eagle Mountain

Red Tape

No fees or permits.

When to Climb

Easiest in summer.