Grizzly Peak (Summit County, Colorado)

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Grizzly Peak
Grizzly Peak, Clear Creek County, CO 2.jpg
The north face of Grizzly Peak, seen from Clear Creek County
Elevation 13,427 ft (4,093 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 847 ft (258 m)[2]
Location
Grizzly Peak is located in Colorado
Grizzly Peak
Grizzly Peak
Colorado
Location Summit / Clear Creek counties, CO, U.S.
Range Front Range
Coordinates 39°38′40″N 105°50′55″W / 39.64444°N 105.84861°W / 39.64444; -105.84861Coordinates: 39°38′40″N 105°50′55″W / 39.64444°N 105.84861°W / 39.64444; -105.84861[2]
Topo map USGS Grays Peak[2]
Climbing
Easiest route Trail hike

Grizzly Peak (also called Grizzly Peak D) is a mountain peak in Colorado, a thirteener, and the 302nd highest peak in the state.[2][3][4] It is located west of Denver along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and the Continental Divide. It straddles Summit and Clear Clear Counties.[2] Its proximate parent peak is Torreys Peak.[1]

Location and geography[edit]

Grizzly Peak sits along the Continental Divide on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The summit is located near Interstate 70, east of the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel.[2] The larger Grays Peak (14,278 feet (4,400 m)) and Torreys Peak (14,275 feet (4,400 m)) sit nearby, and the closest major town is Silver Plume, Colorado.[3][5] It is also in close proximity to Mount Sniktau, which rises to 13,234 feet (4,000 m) at its peak.[6] Other nearby points of interest include Loveland Ski Area, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Keystone Ski Resort and the Arapahoe Basin.[6]

Other Grizzly Peaks[edit]

The state of Colorado actually has four other Grizzly Peaks and one Grizzly Mountain on record. The Grizzly Peak in Chaffee County, which sits in the Sawatch Range, is the tallest of these.[3] The Summit County Grizzly Peak is fourth-tallest of the mountains, and is thus also referred to as "Grizzly Peak D":[3][4]

Rank Mountain Height Range
54 Grizzly Peak 13,995 ft (4,266 m) Sawatch Range
130 Grizzly Peak 13,738 ft (4,187 m) San Juan Mountains
142 Grizzly Mountain 13,708 ft (4,178 m) Sawatch Range
145 Grizzly Peak 13,700 ft (4,176 m) San Juan Mountains
302 Grizzly Peak 13,427 ft (4,093 m) Front Range
415 Grizzly Peak 13,281 ft (4,048 m) Sawatch Range

Hiking[edit]

The Loveland Pass sign, with the mountain's peak visible behind it at center

The trail to Grizzly Peak, which allows hikers to reach the summit of the mountain by foot, is accessible immediately off of a parking lot at Loveland Pass on U.S. Highway 6.[2][6] The trailhead begins above the treeline at about 12,000 feet (3,700 m) and rises to the peak, but reaching the summit does not necessarily require the use of extra mountain climbing equipment such as ropes.[2] Visitors can also reach Mount Sniktau, a smaller peak, from the same point along Loveland Pass.[6]

From the summit, hikers can see Loveland Pass below them, plus views of nearby Chihuahua Lake and the Arapahoe Basin ski trails.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Grizzly Peak". CO Peak Statistics. Lists of John. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Grizzly Peak". Front Range (CO). SummitPost.org. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "13ers.com - Grizzly Peak D". Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  4. ^ a b Roach, Gerry. "Colorado’s Summits – 13,000 to 13,999 feet". climb.mountains.com. Mountains.com. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Grizzly Peak Summit - Colorado Mountain Peak Information". MountainZone.com. demand|Media Sports. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Mount Sniktau". hikingincolorado.org. Hiking in Colorado. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 

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