Hiking Taylor Peak A | A Great, Quick Elk Range 13er
In the eastern Elk Mountains, overlooking the headwaters of the Taylor River, you’ll find Taylor Peak A. It’s not a particularly tall 13er, but it’s a quick 4 mile round-trip ascent that offers solitude and stunning views for those who climb to its summit. With nothing beyond class 2 scrambling required to reach its peak, it’s a fantastic day trip in an area that’s not known for it’s easy, single-day summits. However, it involves off-trail bushwacking – so be prepared! Before hiking Taylor Peak A, plan your adventure with my route guide and information below.
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Hiking Taylor Peak A - Southeast Slopes
From the end of the route, park and begin hiking north directly up the forested hill. This first section of the climb is actually the hardest, as there is no trail to follow, and you will need to pass numerous fallen logs and other obstacles, which adds to your level of exhaustion early on.
Around 11,500 feet, you’ll intersect an old forest road that runs Northeast. You should be able to locate another small road that runs north from the forest road. Follow this road as it crosses the creek and as you leave the forest cover. The road ends shortly after near an old abandoned cabin. It’s a great spot for a quick rest as you assess the route from here.
From the remains of the old cabin, continue hiking across the open alpine tundra to the north-northwest, following the west side of the creek. In about a 3/4 mile after crossing the first forest roadd, you should be arriving at the foot of the broad northeast ridge, the final cruz of hiking Taylor Peak A. Turn west and begin to ascend up the moderately steep ridge over mostly tundra.
Continue the class 2 hiking and scrambling as the ridge heads more to the southwest. Nothing here is very exposed or difficult. A few hundred feet below the summit, don’t be surprised when the tundra gives way to rock and rubble. All good things must come to an end. But now, the summit is within site. Pick a line up the remaining ridge and scramble up to the summit of Taylor Peak A.
From the summit, enjoy the views and your accomplishment! Be sure you descend with plenty of time left to make it back to tree line before afternoon thunderstorms become a hazard. I hope you found my Taylor Peak A route guide helpful and informative. Safe travels on the trail, and good luck hiking Taylor Peak A!
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.