Kit Carson Mountain
A long, high traverse to one of Colorado’s hardest 14,000-foot peaks. This trail is mostly above the tree line, exposing hikers to thunderstorms and severe weather. Start this climb as early as possible to avoid the typical daily summer storm cycles. This is not a just hike—there are sections of steep scrambling (hand and foot climbing), with loose rock and possibly snow and ice. Wearing a helmet is recommended, and the use of an ice ax may be required in spring and fall. It is a nontechnical climb to one of Colorado’s hardest 14,000-foot mountains, but it does require some route finding and is surrounded by technical terrain. Only those who are comfortable on steep rock should attempt it.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||3,000 ft|
|Duration||Long out-and-back day hike or overnight backpack|
|Season||Best July to September|
|Trailhead Elevation||11,100 ft|
|Top Elevation||14,165 ft|
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