Local Peak Climbs
Single-day alpine objectives
Our mountain climbing ascents take place in the alpine setting of the San Juan Mountains and the Weminuche Wilderness. We offer a number of single day ascents in the area including Engineer Mountain, Snowdon Peak, North Twilight Peak, and many more. A great way to get up high in a short period of time. Your trip to Colorado is not complete unless you’ve climbed a peak!
*In April and May these climbs require crampons, ice axes, and snow travel skills due to conditions in the mountains during that time of year.
My 1/2 day rock climbing at East Animas was great. You guys run a wonderful operation. Thanks so much! – Patrick B.
Engineer Mountain (12,978 ft.) via the NE Ridge (Beginner)
A full day’s hike and climb to the top via the NE Ridge provides stunning views of the entire San Juan Mountain range, the La Plata Mountains, and even the Sleeping Ute near Cortez! This climb begins at 0600 at our office in Durango.
Snowdon Peak (13,075 ft.) via the West Buttress (III, 5.2) (Intermediate)
Climb to the top of a 13′er! Slightly more technically challenging and varied climbing takes us to the broad summit of Snowdon Peak, where we’ll enjoy fantastic view of the 14′ers in Chicago Basin as well as the inspiring peaks of the Grenadier Range. This climb begins at 0600 at our office in Durango.
North Twilight Peak (13,075 ft.) via the East Ridge (Advanced)
This amazing trip takes us to the Crater Lake Trail and the remote feeling North Twilight Peak. The 13 mile round trip will be sure to challenge you and make certain that you feel sufficiently tired at the end of the day! This climb begins at 0430 am at our office in Durango.
- Call or write the office; this is season dependent.
Do you like hiking? Is your family relatively fit? Are you excited to try new things? This would be awesome for you!
+Follow Up Programs
We very much enjoyed our time in Ouray! The private 2-day climbing program was impressive. Our guide, Mark, was/is an excellent teacher. He took the time to build the skills for each of us, listened to the concerns and course corrected to ensure we were achieving what we wanted to achieve. Basically, Mark rocks! We look forward to coming back. – J. Bowers, 2011 Private Program
Durango, Colorado: Getting Here
Durango is located in the SW corner of Colorado, at the intersection of the sandstone towers of the desert, and the jagged, San Juan Mountains. A mecca for climbing, hiking, cycling, and foodies; make sure you plan to spend some time in town before and after your SJMG trip.
Flights: The best option for flying to the area is to fly into Durango – La Plata County Airport. Multiple airline options exist, and most connections originate from Denver, Phoenix, or Dallas. The airport is a 20 minute drive from our office. Many hotels offer a free shuttle pickup. Buckhorn Limousine offers a shuttle as well.
Driving: Below are some approximate driving times if you’d like to drive to Durango. If you plan on renting a car, please consider the winter weather when selecting your vehicle and at a minimum choose something that offers either front wheel or all-wheel drive.
- Denver, CO: 6 hours
- Albuquerque, NM: 3 hours
Hotels: Durango has a number of great hotels, suites, and vacation rentals for you to stay in while you’re in the area. Give our office a call at 800-642-5389 if you have any questions about what would suite you best for this trip! Below are just a few options catering to different lodging styles and preferences.
- Guiding and instruction
- Transportation to the climbing area
- All group technical equipment required for the ascent with the exception of personal clothing/gear.
- Not Included:
- 3% land use surcharge
- Guide gratuity
- Registration and Cancellation:
- You will need to fill out our Domestic Registration Form, cancellation policy agreement, and liability waiver, and send it to us with a 50% deposit as early as possible prior to the course date. Balance is due on the first day of the course. Please click on our Registration/Travel link to access the required forms.