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Rank
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23 of 53
Elevation ...................................................14,165'
Range ...................................................Sangre de Cristo
County ...................................................Saguache
Lat/Long ...................................................37º 58' 47" N, 105º 36' 07" W
37.979759, 105.602562

Variant Names ...................................................Kit Carson Mountain, Frustum Peak, Haystack Baldy
Location ...................................................Kit Carson Mountain is a massif that contains three main summits: Kit Carson Peak, Challenger Point and 13er Columbia Point. "Kit Carson Peak" is a variant name that was assigned in 1906 and refers to the highest point. In 1970, the entire massif was then officially given the name "Kit Carson Mountain." The massif is located in the Sangre de Cristo range 5 miles east of the town of Crestone and 12 miles north of the Great Sand Dunes. Crestone Peak (14,294') and Crestone Needle (14,197') are less than 2 miles to the southeast. Blanca Peak, Little Bear and Ellingwood Point are 30 miles to the southeast.
Nearby Towns ...................................................Crestone, Moffat, Hooper and Alamosa
Nearby 14ers ...................................................Challenger Point, Crestone Peak
History ...................................................-
Maps ...................................................USGS Quads: Crestone Peak, Crestone, Beck Mountain
Trails Illustrated: #138
Road Access ...................................................2WD access to 8,700' from the east via Colorado 69, Colfax Lane, and South Colony Lakes Road.
Very Rough 4WD access to 11,050' via the South Colony Lakes Road that continues past the 2WD location (above). The South Colony Lakes trailhead is at the end of the road.
2WD access from the northwest (quite a distance from The Crestones) by taking South Crestone Road 949 to the South Crestone Trailhead (also called the Willow Creek Trailhead).
2WD access from the west by taking a dirt road that leads into Spanish Creek.
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Standard Route ...................................................
From Challenger Point
Difficulty:   Easy Class 3 
Trailhead: Willow Creek
Trailhead Elev.: 8,850 feet
Elevation Gain: 6,250 feet
Trip Length: 15 miles
Exposure: Moderate exposure along the immediate route. It should be avoidable with some slow hiking or scrambling. 3


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