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Wilson Peak via Rock of Ages Trail is a 9.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Placerville, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 9.1 mi Elevation gain 3,658 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Camping Cross country skiing Fishing Hiking Horseback riding Nature trips Rock climbing Snowshoeing Running Forest Lake River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble Snow
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This new trail restores legal access to Wilson Peak from the Silver Pick Basin side. It is now the easiest way to climb the peak, with about 9.25 miles round trip, and 3800 vertical feet. The road to the trailhead can be difficult for 2WD vehicles.

San Juan Forest Service 970-247-4874

From the town of Telluride head south on Colorado 145 over Lizard Head Pass. 5.8 miles after the summit of Lizard Head Pass there will be a turn on the right hand side onto a dirt road that will ascend the valley wall. This is passable by passenger cars, but doesn't look like much of a road. Follow this road for 7.3 miles to the signed entrance for the parking lot for Navajo Basin. There is ample parking.

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Chris Rosalak
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Tori Quakenbush
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful hike and dog friendly until the last part. Don’t bring your dog if you are trying to summit. Had to turn around and come back the next weekend. Would have been a bummer except we really liked the hike.

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Lillian Chatham
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Lucas Malambri
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Brett Gillis
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It was our first shot at a Colorado 14r. We didn’t succeed but made it to 13,500

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Simon Guérard
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Cool easy class 3. Much easier than El Diente - most of it is really just a hike, with a little bit of lose rock (barely) and the end pitch makes it a class 3. I guess people having problem with exposure will find that pitch scary but really it's not sketchy at all - very easy route up. Read about the peak to prepare on 14ers.com Also, came down doing the loop around south towards the lake (can't recall the name). More miles, but less road walking which made it much more enjoyable.

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jordan teasdale
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Nathan Harris
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Benji Morin
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Couldn't make it to the top as I am not much of a climber but great hike!! I wonder why the last part is climbing instead of going up with switch back in the gravel.

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Dave Manago
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RunningGreat!Scramble

This trail goes 100% smoothly. Bottom 1/3 is run-able dirt trail, middle 2/3 is chunky 4x4 road (not great tbh) and top 3/3 is awesome scrambling. I would recommend bringing a helmet in the off chance of rockfall but not absolutely necessary. Do NOT bring ice axe as there is no snow right now. Pro-tip: at the first big left turn in the chunk, go to the naked tree standing upright in the choss. This is your left-hand turn marker. Another pro-tip: at the cairn just beside the building ruins, look due south on your phone's compass, THIS IS THE TRAIL UP. I saw 6 parties today get sucked too far Southwest into the drainage and were beneath the trail. This will help you out a bit but in the end all roads point up into the only shoulder/saddle there is. If you want extra spice cut off and up early from the main lower saddle ridge. There are a bunch of fun (albeit loose) chutes that make for a fun scramble detour and still put you on top of the main ridge that leads you to summit. Have fun!!!! PS there's only 1 water option from a low hanging snowfield. Not the best bet.

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Michael Campbell
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Significant route finding in multiple areas, but was so much fun overall.

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Caitrin Kelly
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attempted the rock of ages trail coming up from the Navajo lake basin side on 7/25. The rock of ages trail near the Wilson summit was washed out after snow melt and heavy rain. We attempted to continue on our route toward Wilson Mesa trail and traverse, and the trail collapsed and started a mudslide down the slope. Was a dangerous situation because the entire slope was unstable with wet mud and rock that does not hold. Had to climb out on very unstable rocks and mud. Would not recommend attempting this trail until things dry out and then proceed with caution.

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Mike Shaw
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first 14er, fucking crazy

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Sarah Marie
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Great conditions! If you like rocks...well then this hike is for you. Note: VERY easy to get off the hiking trail and onto an old, wide mining road. If you do this, you may overshoot the turn off to begin ascending by about a quarter mile. Obviously having the trail map downloaded will help, but also keep an eye out for the turn off to the right as you enter the end of the valley. Upper portion after the saddle requires some route finding and some choose your own adventure. There are infrequent cairns so be on the lookout. After the saddle, stay to the right and drop down onto the right side of the upper peak to ascend to stay Class 3. We got severely hailed on on our way down at about 10am so starting early is a must here. Excellent scrambling at the top with some spicy exposure. We saw about 4 rockfalls while we were out including a MASSIVE one on a neighboring peak that started at the actual summit and was about as loud as thunder - so bring your helmets y'all!

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Dave Kluge
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This might be rated as a class 3, but it’s the most technical and exposed class 3 climb I’ve ever done. The hike up to the Rock of Ages saddle still has a lot of sketchy snowfields to cross so bring your spikes for the next few weeks. The climbing from the false summit and onward is a blast, but I could see a lot of people turning around at that point due to the lack of trail and exposure.

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Blake Gansborg
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Hikers with dogs should be aware that the last mile or so of this hike has relatively high exposure and, in my opinion, is NOT DOG FRIENDLY. The overall trail description says that this hike is good for dogs - I agree that it is except for that last part leading up to the summit. This is a great trail that is well marked and appropriately ranked hard. The scramble to the summit is really fun and challenging, and the summit has great view of Sneffels and surrounding peaks.

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Dave Doss
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Great intermediate 14er. Still lots of snow so bring crampons and an ice axe. Lots of scrambling over scree and the last climb up between the false summit and summit is not for beginners as it has some exposure. The views are amazing and well worth the effort.

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Alexandra Weigel
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Absolutely fantastic! What a day! Brought my husband and it was his 1st 14er!

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Alicia Portillo
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I hiked this beautiful trail on 10/14 after driving up from phoenix the night before. With perfect weather, I was confused why I only saw 1 other hiker the entire day! Spotted a fox and some pikas. I would recommend an ice axe to be secure in the section before the saddle. No snow past the saddle (albeit I turned around at the false summit), but lots of loose rock. So be mentally prepared to slide when coming down. The road to the TH is pretty rough for 2WD. Just before big bear creek (which was very low), there was a giant pothole taking up the road filled with water. With the right vehicle, I would imagine it would be fun! But I parked immediately after that and hiked the remaining distance to the TH.

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Stephanie Bohr
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This trail is at least 9 miles round trip if you go to the summit. Bring your helmet if you go further than the saddle. Lots of loose rock. It was beautiful but pretty hard!

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Lee Curac-Dahl
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Sharon West
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Breathtaking views from the summit. Last climb from False Summit to top was intense.

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Jeff Miller
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Wilson Peak is one of my favorite 14ers. Very fun scrambling near the top. This route is a little longer than the original through Silver Pick Basin, but it is still nice to have legal access restored from this side of the peak.

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Edward Anderson
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