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Redcloud Peak

Name History (Redcloud Peak)

Title: Naming of Redcloud Peak

Entered by: 14erFred

Added: 5/14/2010, Last Updated: 5/14/2010

Sources: Borneman, W.R., & Lampert, L.J. (1978). A climbing guide to Colorado‘s Fourteeners. Boulder, CO: Pruett Publishing Company. Hart, J.L.J. (1977). Fourteen thousand feet: A history of the naming and early ascents of the high Colorado peaks (Second Edition). Denver, CO: The Colorado Mountain Club.

The mountain was named by the chief topographer for the Wheeler U.S. Government Survey, J.C. Spiller, who made its first ascent in 1874. Impressed by the beautiful color and form of the mountain, he suggested the aptly descriptive name of "Redcloud." The peak had earlier been called "Red Mountain" on H.G. Prout's map for Lieutenant E.H. Ruffner's expedition of 1873 and on the maps of the Hayden Survey of 1874. In the 1890s, the mountain was also known as "Jones Peak."