Kit Carson Mountain

Kit Carson Mountain is a Colorado 14er in the Sangre de Cristo Range near Crestone Peak and Crestone Needle. The peak is named after the frontiersman Kit Carson and became part of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in 2004. Kit Carson is a complex mountain with several sub-summits. The standard route from South Colony Lakes starts by using part of the trail for Humboldt Peak, and then traverses a ridge and the “Bears Playground” plateau toward Kit Carson. A subpeak named Kat Carson is climbed and then descended with Class 3 moves on the way to the main summit.

Kit Carson Mountain SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by scott

25 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Sep 10, 2016. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs. Based on the summit log, the most popular climbing routes and hiking trails to the summit are North Slopes of Challenger Pt, Standard and From Challenger Point.

Others who’ve summited Kit Carson Mountain

  • scott
  • hauteroute
  • DandyDon
  • susanjoypaul
  • Alpenglo
  • justin.mckelvy
  • bmannlein
  • brianasher
  • robertocampo

Routes Used trails & approaches

33% North Slopes of Challenger Pt

29% Standard

16% From Challenger Point

12% North Ridge

8% East Ridge


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Alternate Names

Kit Carson Peak


14,165 ft / 4,317 m


1,025 ft / 312 m

Height Rank Range

Sangre de Cristo Range


Colorado, United States

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  • scott
  • hauteroute
  • AntinJ
  • DandyDon
  • COdeacon
  • susanjoypaul
  • SenadR
  • hurdles
  • cponyicky
  • Alpenglo
  • ChrisMeloche
  • justin.mckelvy

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