Stormy Peaks is a series of rocky outcroppings on the northeast end of the Mummy Range. This series of outcroppings straddles the border between Rocky Mountain National Park to the south and Comanche Peak Wilderness to the north.
These outcroppings largely consist of big boulders ranging in size from sofas to large trucks. They reminded me a lot of the photos I’ve seen of the peaks in Lost Creek Wilderness (Bison Peak and Windy Peak). They’re very different from the surrounding summits. A cluster of three distinct outcroppings make up Stormy Peaks proper, with the middle outcropping being the tallest at 12,148 ft. However, the ridge descends for about a mile on either side of the summit with similar outcroppings popping up periodically.
These outcroppings make for fun class 2 and 3 scrambling and the summits offer nice views to the southwest of some of the taller mountains in the Mummy Range including Mount Dixon, Mount Dunraven, Mummy Mountain, Hagues Peak, Rowe Peak, and Rowe Mountain.
All routes to the top of Stormy Peaks are long hikes on maintained trails with some scrambling at the end to reach the summit. There are three logical trailheads that access Stormy Peaks: Stormy Peaks Trailhead to the north and Dunraven Trailhead and Cow Creek Trailhead to the southeast. From Stormy Peaks Trailhead it's approximately 5 miles and 3,000 ft of elevation gain to the summit of Stormy Peaks. From Cow Creek Trailhead it's approximately 9.25 miles and 4,000 ft of elevation gain to the summit of Stormy Peaks. From Dunraven Trailhead it's approximately 7.3 miles and 4,000 ft of elevation gain to the summit of Stormy Peaks.
Getting to Stormy Peaks from anywhere else is going to be one hell of a hike including significant distances of off-trail bushwhacking.
There are three logical trailheads you could use to access Stormy Peaks for a day hike. Driving directions are as follows:
Stormy Peaks can be climbed all year round. Access to Stormy Peaks Trailhead is open all year round, though Pingree Park Road is not a first priority for snow removal (I'm not sure about access to the other trailheads). If there is a huge snowstorm you will want to wait a couple of days to allow time for the road to get plowed.
For detailed conditions I recommend contacting the rangers at Rocky Mountain National Park.
There are many back country campsites to the south of Stormy Peaks (Lost Lake, Lost Meadow, Stormy Peaks South, Sugarloaf, Lost Falls, Happily Lost, Aspen Meadows, etc.) There is one back country campsite on the north side of Stormy Peaks - Stormy Peaks. All of these are within Rocky Mountain National Park and require a permit.
Camping is allowed anywhere in Comanche Peak Wilderness.
No permit is required to climb Stormy Peaks. You will not have to pay park entrance fees if you begin from any of the logical trailheads (Cow Creek, Dunraven, Stormy Peaks). Camping within Rocky Mountain National Park is only allowed in designated campsites and requires a permit.
Camping in Comanche Peak Wilderness is allowed anywhere outside of travel zones. Inside travel zones, camping is only allowed in designated camping spots and fires are not allowed. Permits are not required regardless of whether you camp in a travel zone or not.
The rangers at Rocky Mountain National Park are super-friendly and are happy to answer all your questions. Here is the contact information I pulled off of their website (www.nps.gov/romo).
*e-mail messages will be responded to in the order received and usually within 24 hours of receipt.
Rocky Mountain National Park
1000 Highway 36
Estes Park, CO 80517-8397
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For information regarding Comanche Peak Wilderness, Roosevelt National Forest, Long Draw Road, and Pennock Pass contact the Canyon Lakes Ranger District. Here is the contact info I pulled off of their website (www.fs.fed.us/arnf/districts/clrd).