Rollins Pass/West Ridge

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 39.95980°N / 105.6811°W
Additional Information Route Type: Hike with minor scrambling
Additional Information Time Required: Most of a day
Additional Information Difficulty: Class 2
Sign the Climber's Log


Drive Highway 40, either north of Fraser, or south of Berthoud Pass, to just north of the main Winter Park Ski resort. Between mile markers 231 and 232, turn east on to the road marked for Corona/Rollins Pass (14 miles from Highway 40). This is County Road 80. Follow the main road to the trailhead at Rollins Pass. The road becomes Forest Road 149 after reaching the forest boundary. The road is rough in places, but cars can make it all the way to the trailhead when driven slowly and with great care.

Route Description

The Rollins Pass Route makes the easiest route to Skyscraper Peak, but can be windy and exposed to the elements since the route is always above the timberline. Make sure to read the message board at the trailhead about the interesting history of Corona and Rollins Pass.

From Rollins Pass (elevation 11,660 feet); follow the obvious and well used trail north. The trail climbs over a small hill and to a nice viewpoint of King Lake located north of the trail. After climbing the first significant hill after the viewpoint above the lake, it is probably best to leave the main trail and follow the Continental Divide more directly. Continue north along the Continental Divide and bypass peak 12,307 just to the west. Skyscraper Peak is marked as 12,383. Hike along the Continental Divide to the west ridge of Skyscraper Peak.

Once on the ridge, head east along the ridge over a few false summits and to the highest point. Roach’s book rates the ridge as class 3, but it seems to be a solid class 2, and there is only some very minor scrambling. Enjoy the great views in all directions! The round trip distance is only 5.6 miles and with about 900 feet total elevation gain.

Essential Gear

A good pair of boots is needed.



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