Storm King Peak Summit Trail
Besides the pleasure of seeing an area known to only a few, Storm King’s scramble has the perfect balance of challenge, exposure, and scenery. It is similar in “feel” to the Keyhole Route on Longs Peak, except that Storm King is unmarked, so you’ll need decent route-finding skills. The ridge up is airy but never exceeds class 3 (not even 3+) and the summit is a truly divine experience. Camping is great and the optional climb over to Mount Silex is just as fun. I hope this adventure will intrigue you to visit other great Grenadier climbs: Arrow, Vestal, the Guradian, the Numbers Peaks, Greystone, etc. You’ll have to work hard on this hike: the elevation gain is over 5,000 feet, and that is from a trailhead start of 11,700 feet. I have not had the time to do this (yet), but the ultimate Colorado backpacking/summit-bagging trip may start here and conclude in nearby Chicago Basin—the two areas are linkable via the Vallecito Creek Trail to Columbine Pass and then out to Needleton Trailhead.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||5,925 ft|
|Skill Level||Easy; Class 3|
|Duration||2–3 days; 10–15 hours of hiking|
|Trailhead Elevation||11,756 ft|
|Top Elevation||13,752 ft|
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