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Indian Peaks Rock Climbing 

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Located in the Arapaho and the Roosevelt National Forests in Colorado, the Indian Peaks Wilderness area was added to the National Wilderness Preservation System by Congress in 1978. The name was selected because many of the peaks within the wilderness are named for Native American tribes of the west. This wilderness area covers nearly 75,000 acres, following the Continental Divide south for nearly 16 miles, with the Rocky Mountain National Park as its northern border.

Indian Peaks contains vast areas of alpine tundra, numerous cirque basins with remnant glaciers, and nearly 50 lakes. Streams in the wilderness include Middle and South St. Vrain, Boulder, Buchanan, Cascade, and Arapaho Creeks. Elevations range from 8,400 to over 13,000 feet. The underlying rock of the Indian Peaks area is 80-90% Precambrian biotite gneiss formed approximately 1800 million years ago. The area has since been reshaped by at least six glacial sequences dating back 15,000 years.

Within Indian Peaks lie N Arapahoe Peak (13,502 ft), Apache Peak (13,438 ft.), Navajo Peak (13,405 ft*.), S. Arapahoe Peak (13,397), Ogalalla Peak (13,333 ft.), Mt. Audubon (13,233 ft.), Parry Peak (13,391 ft.), James Peak (13,294 ft.), Arikaree Peak (13,146 ft.), Paiute Peak (13,083 ft.), Mt. Toll (12,979 ft.), Shoshoni Peak (12,962 ft.), "Ooh La La!" (12,945 ft.), Pawnee Peak (12,939 ft.), Jasper Peak (12,923 ft.), Elk Tooth (12,848 ft.), Mt. Neva (12,814 ft.,), Haimovi Tower (12,220 ft.), Lone Eagle Peak (11,940 ft.), and Niwot Ridge. There are four trail passes: Devil's Thumb (11,747 ft.), Arapahoe (11,906 ft.), Pawnee (12,541 ft.), and Buchanan (11,837 ft.).

Be prepared for changing weather, wind, and watch for sudden onset of thunderstorms and lightning.

Note, some areas within the Indian Peaks Wilderness area are closed to the public and trespassing can result in hefty fines.

Getting There 

Please refer to the individual mountain and route descriptions as different trailheads are often used.


If you plan to stay overnight, a permit from the U.S. Forest Service is required between June 1 and September 15. Camping regulations will be given to you when you apply.

Permits may be obtained from the USFS District Office at 2995 Baseline Road, Boulder, Colorado 80303 (111 6600), or at the Sulphur Ranger District, US Forest Service, 62429 US Highway 40, Granby, CO 80446."Last Chance" permits are available at Coast to Coast Hardware in Nederland, Colorado.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.0 miles from here

54 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',21],['2 Stars',21],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Indian Peaks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Indian Peaks:
Snow Lion        Alpine, 2800'   Jasper Peak
Shooting Star        Trad, Alpine, Grade II   James Peak
North Ridge        Trad, Alpine   Mount Neva
Queen's Way        Alpine, 2000'   Apache Peak
South Face        Alpine, 1500'   Mount Toll
South Ridge        Trad, Alpine, 2000'   Arapahoe Peaks
Kasparov Traverse   R     Trad, Alpine, 2000'   Apache Peak
Audubahn Coulior        Trad, Alpine, 700'   Mt. Audubon
Solo Flight   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Trad, Alpine, 5280'   Lone Eagle Peak
East Ridge   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Trad, Alpine, 2000'   Ogalalla Peak
Mohling Traverse   5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c     Trad, Alpine, Grade III   Lone Eagle Peak
Devil's Spiral   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch   Devil's Thumb
Superstar Couloir   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, Alpine, Grade II   James Peak
Dicker's Peck   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 70'   Navajo Peak
Bishop's Scepter   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 60'   Apache Peak
North Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 350'   Mount Toll
North Face   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 11 pitches   Lone Eagle Peak
Direct East Face   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Alpine, 4 pitches, 600'   Mount Neva
Southeast Buttress   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1400'   Haimovi Tower
The Rook   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 60'   Apache Peak
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Featured Route For Indian Peaks
Rock Climbing Photo: Early spring conditions, definitely the best time ...

South Face   CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Mount Toll
This route climbs the south face of the mountain via the Blue Lake Bowl and is the favored ski descent route on the mountain. This would also be the easies way to the summit for summer hikers or the descent route for technical climbs. The skiing is fantastic with 1500 feet of continuous skiing only a few steps from the exact summit. Most of the route is steep in a wide open face that joins with a broad bowl. Rated Expert in Indian Peaks Descents, its steep but wide with plenty of room for turns...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Rock Climbing Photo: A forbidden beauty. The lovely (but off limits) Ar...
A forbidden beauty. The lovely (but off limits) Ar...
Rock Climbing Photo: The runoff from Lake Isabelle, 7/3/11.
The runoff from Lake Isabelle, 7/3/11.
Rock Climbing Photo: Jasper Lake.
Jasper Lake.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lake Isabelle.
Lake Isabelle.
Rock Climbing Photo: Smoky Bear would be proud, the fire is definitely ...
Smoky Bear would be proud, the fire is definitely ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Grand Boulder - Surfing for Stars, V10.
The Grand Boulder - Surfing for Stars, V10.
Rock Climbing Photo: Jasper Falls.
Jasper Falls.
Rock Climbing Photo: Our route on the south face of Cooper Peak.  5.eas...
BETA PHOTO: Our route on the south face of Cooper Peak. 5.eas...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hidden gems of the Indian Peaks.
Hidden gems of the Indian Peaks.
Rock Climbing Photo: Indian Peaks.
Indian Peaks.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lake Isabelle, one of the best chill day hikes aro...
Lake Isabelle, one of the best chill day hikes aro...
Rock Climbing Photo: Grand Valley Project....
Grand Valley Project....

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By Armin
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 18, 2006
Can anybody fill me in if you have to pay if you do any of these routes car-to-car, like getting there before a certain time in the morning like the park and Mt. Evans?
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Aug 20, 2006
You do have to pay to park/enter at the Brainerd Lake Trailheads (i.e. Long Lake, Blue/Mitchell Lakes, (em>etc.). They do check your parked vehicles, too.
By Chris O'Connor
From: boulder, co
Jul 13, 2007
However most other access points are free. Camping cost the price of a permit.

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