Wetterhorn Peak

Elevation (feet): 14,015
Elevation (meters): 4,272
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: San Juan Mountains
State: Colorado
Latitude: 38.0606
Longitude: -107.51
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1906
First successful climber(s): D. Utter, George Barnard, C. Smedley, & W.P. Smedley
Nearest major airport: Gunnison or Durango
Convenient Center: Lake City

Thanks to Kirk Mallory for adding this peak.

Wetterhorn is a lower peak near Uncompahgre Peak, but is more difficult to climb. The standard route starts at the Matterhorn Creek Trailhead, and includes some off-trail hiking to reach Wetterhorn's southeast ridge. More scrambling is required as the route continues up the ridge, with the crux being a fairly exposed Class 3 climb up a shallow gully directly to the summit. The views from the summit are spectacular.

During summer, it's above the clouds (when there are any). From the summit, on a clear day, you can see practically to Kansas on the East and into Utah on the West. Approach is by dirt road and then 1 or 2 days hike over 2 passes to reach a good base camp location. Glacier may exist on parts of the slope, but probably not on the summit during the summer. Bring your crampons and ice axe. Loose rock characterizes the final approach to the summit. Wear protection and exercise caution both on the ascent and the descent.

Thanks to Kirk Mallory for this description.