Red Mountain Ascent
ElevationAscent: 523' 159 m
Descent: -9' -3 m
High: 9,527' 2,904 m
Low: 9,013' 2,747 m
GradeAvg Slope: 8% (5°)
Max Slope: 29% (16°)
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“Start at the Colorado River Trailhead and circle around to the north and west for an easy uphill through the trees.”— Zander Göpfert
After just under a half mile, turn left onto the Red Mountain Trail, cross Opposition Creek, and begin the gradual climb up along the contours of the toe of Red Mountain.
The grade will begin to increase along this second half of the ascent and route finding can be tricky when there isn't a skin track. We used the Powder Project mobile app to keep us within the direction of the summer trail.
Near the endpoint, we talked with a ranger who had been further up toward Red Mountain. Not having a specific destination in mind, we followed his skin track up into a thin aspen grove and readied for the descent.
With that in mind, there are options to continue further up the hillside if conditions allow.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Rocky Mountain National Park