Ptarmigan and Weston from Weston Pass
Peaks Included: Ptarmigan PeakWeston Peak
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Difficulty:
 Class 2 
Trailhead:Weston Pass
Start:11,921 feet
Summit:13,739 feet
Total Gain:2,200 feet
RT Length:4.50
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Updated:7/2012
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:8 reports
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? (WINTER) HOLD ON! If you don't have much high-elevation, winter climbing experience, be careful in your planning and take a partner. All 14er routes are more difficult and more dangerous in winter.

Trailhead

From Fairplay, drive approx. 4.5 miles south on US 285 and turn right onto County Road 5. Follow signs for Weston Pass and drive 15.5 miles to reach the pass.

Route

From Weston Pass, hike north ( 1) under the power lines on an old road which peters out around 12,200' and leaves you without a trail for the remainder of the route. Continue northeast directly up the west slopes of Ptarmigan/Weston ( 2, 3, 4 and 5) to reach the ridge between the two peaks - 6. Since there's some slight regain between Weston and this location, it's easier to start with Weston.

Turn right to see Weston Peak and hike east/southeast along the ridge to the top of a point - 7. Drop and bit and climb the remaining terrain ( 8 and 9) to reach the summit of Weston Peak.

10 and 11 look northwest to Ptarmigan Peak. Hike back to the point where you gained the ridge between the two peaks and continue north to Ptarmigan - 12. Pass a 13,525-foot hump along the ridge ( 13) to see Ptarmigan's summit - 14. Continue less than 1/2 mile to reach the final pitch ( 15) and hike up through the rocks to reach the summit - 16. 17 shows the terrain as you hike back along the ridge and 18 looks over Weston Pass from the ridge between the two peaks.

Notes

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