RMNP Alpine Routes

Rocky Mountain National Park has been a testing ground for alpinism and exploration since the late 19th Century and these steep sided peaks hold the majority of technical mountain climbing in Colorado.  

Composed of an equal share of solid granite or featured gneiss, this high quality rock, ice and snow are made more challenging with high altitudes that combine to create a world-class climbing venue and training ground. 

Summer in these mountains often produces violent thunderstorms which require early starts and an ability to descend quickly to avoid their wrath.  Winter can be cold and windy enough to make the extreme environment of Patagonia look relatively benign and even Everest can be warm compared to these peaks in a winter storm.

  • Longs Peak

    Dominated by the shear Diamond, this multi-faceted peak is composed of the highest quality granite.

  • Petit Grepon

    One of the most classic rock spires in North America and at a moderate grade to reach this airy summit.

  • Sharkstooth

    One of the highest and most soaring spires of the high country and RMNP's most inaccessible peak.

  • Flattop Mtn. North Face

    The hidden north face contains excellent terrain for steep couloirs and mixed routes with a summit walk-off.

  • Hallett Peak

    The North Butt is the nearest alpine wall to the road and this perfect gneiss is very climbable at all grades.

  • Notchtop

    An accessible big spire with a spectrum of  routes to access this striking summit with no easy descent.

  • Pagoda

    At 13,947'  this very triangular peak stands out with its slabby north face that stares down this cold valley. 

  • Spearhead

    The east face of this spiked monolith is littered with climbable cracks to a scramble-off summit.

  • Taylor Peak

    The east and south faces of this challenging peak hold classic snow, ice, and rock routes to a walk-off summit.

 

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