Wetterhorn Peak

Coordinates: 38°03′38″N 107°30′39″W / 38.0605503°N 107.5108924°W / 38.0605503; -107.5108924
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Wetterhorn Peak
Highest point
Elevation14,021 ft (4,274 m)[1][2]
Prominence1,635 ft (498 m)[2]
Parent peakUncompahgre Peak[2]
Isolation2.77 mi (4.46 km)[2]
ListingColorado Fourteener 50th
Coordinates38°03′38″N 107°30′39″W / 38.0605503°N 107.5108924°W / 38.0605503; -107.5108924[3]
English translationWeather Peak
Language of nameGerman
Wetterhorn Peak is located in Colorado
Wetterhorn Peak
Wetterhorn Peak
Location within the state of Colorado
LocationHinsdale and Ouray counties, Colorado, United States[3]
Parent rangeSan Juan Mountains[2]
Topo mapUSGS 7.5' topographic map
Wetterhorn Peak, Colorado[3]
First ascent1906 by George Barnard, C. Smedley, W. P. Smedley, D. Utter (first recorded ascent)[2][4]
Easiest routeSoutheast Ridge: Scramble, class 3[5]

Wetterhorn Peak (German: Wetterhorn, literally "weather horn") is a fourteen thousand-foot mountain peak in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is located in the Uncompahgre Wilderness of the northern San Juan Mountains, in northwestern Hinsdale County and southeastern Ouray County, approximately 9 miles (14 km) east of the town of Ouray and 2.75 mi (4.4 km) west of Uncompahgre Peak.

Wetterhorn Peak and neighboring Matterhorn Peak (13,590 ft (4,142 m)) are named after the Wetterhorn and the Matterhorn, two famous peaks in the Swiss Alps. Both Colorado peaks are pointed rock spires (hence resembling their namesake peaks), whose shapes contrast with the broad bulk of the higher Uncompahgre Peak.[6]

The first recorded ascent of Colorado's Wetterhorn was made in 1906 by George Barnard, C. Smedley, W. P. Smedley, and D. Utter,[2] but a previous ascent by miners working in the area in the 19th century is likely.[4]

The standard route to the summit of Wetterhorn Peak ascends the southeast ridge, which is accessed via the Matterhorn Creek drainage on the south side of the mountain. The trailhead is on the Henson Creek Road, accessible from Lake City. The route involves 3,535 ft (1,077 m) of ascent from the trailhead and some exposed scrambling (Class 3/4) on the ridge itself. The nearby east face is considered a high-quality advanced snow climb or extreme ski descent.[6]

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  1. ^ The elevation of Wetterhorn Peak includes an adjustment of +1.903 m (+6.24 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Wetterhorn Peak, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Wetterhorn Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Wetterhorn Peak". Summitpost.
  5. ^ "Wetterhorn Peak Routes". 14ers.com.
  6. ^ a b Louis W. Dawson II. Dawson's Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners, Volume 2. Blue Clover Press. pp. 115–121. ISBN 0-9628867-2-6.

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