Mount Richthofen

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Mount Richthofen
Mount Richthofen viewed from Tundra World Nature Trail.jpg
Mount Richthofen viewed from Rocky Mountain National Park
Highest point
Elevation12,945 ft (3,946 m) [1][2]
Prominence2,680 ft (817 m) [2]
Isolation9.66 mi (15.55 km) [2]
ListingColorado prominent summits
Colorado range high points
Coordinates40°28′10″N 105°53′42″W / 40.4694275°N 105.8950133°W / 40.4694275; -105.8950133Coordinates: 40°28′10″N 105°53′42″W / 40.4694275°N 105.8950133°W / 40.4694275; -105.8950133[3]
Mount Richthofen is located in Colorado
Mount Richthofen
Mount Richthofen
LocationContinental Divide between Rocky Mountain National Park in Grand County and Jackson County, Colorado, United States[3]
Parent rangeHighest summit of the
Never Summer Mountains[2]
Topo mapUSGS 7.5' topographic map
Mount Richthofen, Colorado[3]
Age of rock20-25 myo
Mountain typeAndesite
First ascentWilliam S. Cooper 1908
Easiest routeclass 3 scramble

Mount Richthofen is the highest summit of the Never Summer Mountains range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The prominent 12,945-foot (3,946 m) peak is located 5.6 miles (9.0 km) northwest by west (bearing 308°) of Milner Pass, Colorado, United States, on the Continental Divide separating the Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness in Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand County from Routt National Forest and Jackson County.[1][2][3] The mountain was named in honor of pioneering German geologist Baron Ferdinand von Richthofen, apparently by Clarence King's 1870 survey team.[4]


The mountain is a steep Class 3 climb. Needles and Grenadiers explorer William S. Cooper climbed Mount Richthofen by himself in 1908 in what is presumed to be the first ascent in historic times by Americans of European descent. No sign of previous climbers were present at that time.[5]

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  1. ^ a b The elevation of Mount Richthofen includes an adjustment of +1.658 m (+5.44 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Mount Richthofen, Colorado". Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "Mount Richthofen". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  4. ^ Dziezynski, James (1 August 2012). Best Summit Hikes in Colorado: An Opinionated Guide to 50+ Ascents of Classic and Little-Known Peaks from 8,144 to 14,433 Feet. Wilderness Press. p. 92. ISBN 978-0-89997-713-3.
  5. ^ William M. Bueler (2000). Roof of the Rockies: a history of Colorado mountaineering. The Colorado Mountain Club Press. p. 94.

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