Peak(s):  Audubon, Mt  -  13,223 feet
Date Posted:  03/14/2021
Date Climbed:   10/08/2020
Author:  Chelsea
 Easy Audubon   

Mount Audubon (13,223′)

10/08/20 | 8.42 miles | 2,713′ gain | Class 1 & 2


Mount Audubon had been on my short-list for years but somehow I just never got around to it. It’d been recommended to me by a handful of people as an easy 13er with great views. I found it to be exactly that, and thus questioned what the heck took me so long to get up there.

I parked at the Mitchell Lake Trailhead and set off on the Mount Audubon Trail just before 7am. This was plenty early for a Thursday in October, but summer weekends are a different story. The trail goes nearly the entire way to the summit and is well-marked. I first hiked through a beautiful forest for about a mile to treeline.

First view of Mount Audubon (right, summit not visible), Pawnee Peak (left, 12,943′), and Mount Toll (center, 12,979′)

The trail switchbacked up a steeper section before curving around to head directly to Audubon.

Getting closer to Audubon (left)
Long’s Peak (center background, 14,255′) surrounded by 13ers Pagoda Mountain and Mount Meeker. St Vrain Mountain (right middle ground, 12,162′)

I wanted to head directly up Audubon’s east slopes but the trail kept to the north, heading to the saddle between Audubon and a small point sometimes referred to as “Notabon”.

Audubon (left), Notabon (right)

The saddle boasted a nice overlook into Rocky Mountain National Park. The trail more or less petered out here.

Rocky Mountain National Park looks a little smoky

The last 400′ or so to Audubon’s summit was talus. I found numerous cairns and trail segments through here but none seemed to connect fluidly. Eventually I got sick of dead-ending and I just made my own way up.


I’d been sheltered from the wind so far and had gorgeous warm weather, but the last stretch to the summit was very windy.

Almost to the summit now!

I took a very short break on the summit since it was so cold, then retraced my steps down the talus and back to the trail.

Connecting ridge to Paiute Peak (13,088′)
Summit views of the Indian Peaks

I saw quite a few more people as I was heading down, but still surprisingly few for such a busy area. I made good time once back on the trail and had a nice, easy walk back to the trailhead.

Lady found a stick/entire small tree and proceeded to beat me in the kneecaps with it…

The Indian Peaks are such a beautiful area and I was so happy to finally visit Mount Audubon. It certainly fits the bill of an easy, scenic 13er (plus it’s close to home). Another perfect day in the mountains.

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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Comments or Questions

03/14/2021 13:32
I've been enjoying your reports this Winter, looking forward to walking the dog on some of these 13ers in Summer.


Nice indeed!
03/15/2021 08:18
Great photos of a beautiful area. @Mtnhub introduced me to IPW
a few years back with a hike of Audubon and Paiute. It was nice to
revisit Audubon through your camera lens. Thanks for posting.


My very first peak
03/15/2021 09:16
when I was in Boy Scouts. I was probably 12 or 13. LLLOOONNNGGG time ago.

Thanks for the memories...


03/15/2021 09:19
@Capt - Glad to hear that! Audubon would be a great one for your dog!

@mathguy - Thanks so much! I'm looking forward to going back to get Paiute. Such a beautiful area!

@Jay - That's awesome! I think I remember you telling me that actually. Bet it was a great first one

love the IPW
03/15/2021 11:45
had a really fun day on Navajo via airplane gully back in 2018

Excellent report
03/16/2021 16:12
That was a great report with wonderful photographs.
I hiked this with the CMC decades ago, I had hiked mt. Alice the day before with Jennifer Sears before she married Gerry Roach. I had so much fun, I hiked Paiute and Audubon the following day from the lakes.
Thanks for the memories.

the IPW is great
03/16/2021 16:19
Navajo via airplane gully is a lot of fun.
It was very interesting seeing the remains of the aircraft.
I love the photographs of longs,etc. and the one with Navajo and other peaks.
Such a beautiful place. One of the few things I miss about not living in Denver.


03/17/2021 17:42
@okeefemb & ltlFish99 - thanks for sharing your stories & suggestions! I have yet to do any of the peaks you mentioned but they're on the eventual to-do list.

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