hiking James Peak

Hiking James Peak | An Easy 13er Near Denver

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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 - Southeast Slopes Route

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