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Rank
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32 of 53
Elevation ...................................................14,083'
Range ...................................................San Juan
County ...................................................La Plata
Lat/Long ...................................................37º 37' 22" N, 107º 37' 15" W
37.621948, 107.622498

Variant Names ...................................................Mount Aeolus, Mount Aoleus, Mount Eoleus
Location ...................................................In the Needle Mountains just N of Chicago Basin and about 1.5 mi WSW of Sunlight Peak (14,059'). 1.7 mi W of Windom Peak (14,082'). Also, approximately 21 miles south of Handies Peak (14,048').
Nearby Towns ...................................................Silverton and Ouray
Nearby 14ers ...................................................Sunlight Peak, Windom Peak
History ...................................................Named Aeolus (God of Winds) by the Hayden Survey in 1874, presumably because "...there seemed to be somewhere in their [Needle Mts] midst a regular 'manufactory of storms'."
Maps ...................................................USGS Quads: Mountain View Crest, Columbine Pass, Snowdon Peak, Storm King Peak
Trails Illustrated: #140
Road Access ...................................................None nearby. To reach Sunlight, Windom, and Eolus from the west, use the Needleton trailhead. Take the Silverton-Durango train to reach this trailhead.
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Standard Route ...................................................
Northeast Ridge
Difficulty:   Class 3 
Trailhead: Needleton
Trailhead Elev.: 11,100 feet
Elevation Gain: 6,100 feet
Trip Length: 5 miles
Exposure: More serious exposure that could result in serious injury or death if you fell. Moving past the area will require some scrambling or short technical moves. 4


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