Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 39.40405°N / 105.61898°W
Additional Information GPX File: Download GPX » View Route on Map
Additional Information County: Park
Activities Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 11941 ft / 3640 m
Sign the Climber's Log


CO Peaks Rank: 1339
Prominence: 401 ft

"Platte Peak," which shows up on some maps as point 11,941, resides in the Platte River Mountains of Colorado, which is also in the Front Range. Its summit is one of the nicest in Colorado's Lost Creek Wilderness. Attempts to hike this peak should not be taken lightly. It is class one all the way except for a few class two plus moves to reach the summit block. It is over eleven miles round-trip if you just hike Platte Peak only. This can make for a long day in the winter if you are snowshoeing.

The summit of Platte Peak provides views surrounding peaks to include Mt. Logan to the north, Kenosha Peak to the south, and Shawnee Peak to the East. South Twin Cone is to the west. For a long day you could include hikes to nearby peaks including Shawnee, Kenosha, and South Twin Cone to name a few.

Getting There

From Denver Drive west on HWY 285. Go through Bailey and then Shawnee. Shawnee is about 33 miles west of the C470/HWY 285 Interchange. Drive about 2 miles west of Shawnee on HWY 285 and you will see a parking area on the south side of HWY 285 with signs for the Ben Tyler Trailhead.

Coordinates for parking: 39.43605° N 105.590816° W

The Hike

A 3D view of the Route up to Platte Peak

From the parking lot start hiking up the Ben Tyler Trail. There are a series of switchbacks over the first half mile. Hike along the Ben Tyler Trail for approximately 4.5 miles and then you will start heading up the ridge towards Platte Peak.

Coordinates once you head West up the ridge.
39.4151° N
105.6410° W

It is about another 1.3 miles to the summit. Once you get above treeline you will have a false summit and another half mile or so to the true summit.

Round trip Distance: Approx 11.3 miles
Net Elevation Gain: Approx 3,850 ft

Red Tape & Camping

Platte Peak as well as the Ben Tyler Trail lie within the Lost Creek Wilderness.

Camping can be done at Lost Creek Campground.


Find more about Weather in Shawnee, CO

National Weather Service

Myself on Platte Peak

External Links

  • LOJ
  • Trip Report

    Our Snowshoe tracks

  • Children


    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.