Hiking James Peak | An Easy 13er Near Denver

Saint Mary’s Glacier is a popular destination 1 hour west of Denver. However few people know that you can hike beyond the glacier to reach an alpine plateau that explodes with wildflowers each summer. Even less people know you can hike 4 miles to reach James Peak, the intimidating mountain rising above the glacier to the west. With my route guide, hiking James Peak is an easy, class 1 hike with less than 3,000 feet of gain. Overall, it’s great for those new to the mountains. Start planning a trip to the area with my James Peak route guide below.

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Hiking James Peak: Fast Facts

Hiking James Peak - Southeast Slopes Route

Alex Derr, Creator of The Next Summit

Alex is an Eagle Scout and mountaineer living in Denver, Colorado. He created The Next Summit to help others stay safe exploring the mountains and advocate to preserve the peaks for the future. You can subscribe to his Next Summit Newsletter here.

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