Hiking Mount Edwards | Free 13er Route Info
Hiking Mount Edwards, one of Colorado’s 100 tallest, or “centennial peaks” is an easy day trip close to Denver. You’ll need a 4WD vehicle with good clearance to get you to the Waldorf mine area (see the google map below). Once there, you’ll likely be alone on the mountain, as this 13er gets few visitors, unlike its 14er neighbors Grays and Torreys further along the ridge. You can add on McClellan Mountain just down the ridge in the other direction to get two 13ers in one climb. Plan your visit with my Mount Edwards route guide below.
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Hiking Mount Edwards: Fast Facts
Hiking Mount Edwards - East Slopes Route
You need a 4WD vehicle with good clearance to make it to this trailhead if plan on hiking Mount Edwards. Choose an alternative route or peak if you don’t have one. This is a long, slow road to approach the Waldorf Mine, take your time, and stay safe. Once you reach it, park and take a look at McClellan Mountain above you, Edwards lies just beyond.
Walk southwest along the road leading to Argentine Pass, until you come to a creek after a quarter-mile. Take a right here and follow the creek into a basin below Mt Edwards. This is how you’ll reach and climb the east slopes.
Head deeper into the basin and start to climb towards the rich, following the creek bottom. Reach steeper terrain above 12,300 feet. Without a trail, angle to the right and pick a line to reach the ridge. It gets steep but does not exceed class 2 scrambling. Reach the saddle near 13,400 feet between Edwards and McClellan.
Take a right and continue along the ridge to reach the summit of Mt Edwards. While steeper than the ascent up to the saddle, it is still only class 2. Gain the summit and enjoy the views from the top.
Once you make it to the tip, enjoy your accomplishment and the views of Grays and Torreys Peak to the west. Be sure you descend with plenty of time to reach the treeline before afternoon thunderstorms become a hazard. I hope you found my Mount Edwards route guide helpful and informative for planning your next trip. Safe travels on the trails and good luck hiking Mount Edwards.
Alex is an Eagle Scout, climber, and environmental policy expert located 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. Follow him on Linkedin or Twitter or click here to contact him.