Sunlight Peak

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Sunlight Peak
Sunlight Peak.jpg
Sunlight Peak from Twin Lakes
Elevation 14,065 ft (4,287 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 379 ft (116 m)[1]
Listing Colorado Fourteener
Sunlight Peak is located in Colorado
Sunlight Peak
Sunlight Peak
Location La Plata County, Colorado, U.S.
Range San Juan Mountains, Needle Mountains
Coordinates 37°37′38″N 107°35′45″W / 37.62722°N 107.59583°W / 37.62722; -107.59583Coordinates: 37°37′38″N 107°35′45″W / 37.62722°N 107.59583°W / 37.62722; -107.59583[2]
Topo map USGS Storm King Peak
Easiest route Red Couloir: scramble (class 4)

Sunlight Peak is a fourteener in the Needle Mountains, a subrange of the San Juan Mountains in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is located in the Weminuche Wilderness (part of the San Juan National Forest) in La Plata County approximately 13 miles (21 km) south of Silverton.

Sunlight Peak is one of three fourteeners in the Needle Mountains; the other two are Mount Eolus and Windom Peak. Windom and Sunlight lie on the east side of Twin Lakes, in upper Chicago Basin, while Eolus lies on the west side. All three peaks are relatively remote by Colorado standards, and have a strong wilderness character; however they can be popular in summer.

The standard route up Sunlight Peak is from the south, known as the "Red Couloir". It is a non-technical scramble, but achieving the top of the summit block does require an exposed rock climbing move.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Sunlight Peak, Colorado". Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  2. ^ "Sunlight Peak". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  3. ^ Louis W. Dawson II (1996). Dawson's Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners, Volume 2. Blue Clover Press. ISBN 0-9628867-2-6. 

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