14,165 ft / 4,317 m


1,025 ft / 312 m


29 summits

Top climbing months

July   33%

August   30%

September  13%

Most climbed route

North Ridge


  • Kit Carson Mountain is a Colorado 14er in the Sangre de Cristo Range near Crestone Peak and Crestone Needle.
  • 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.
"Thanks to a problem bear ar Willow Lake, this was the 2nd time climbing up Challenger as a day hike, but the first time summiting Kit Carson after! Left at 3 AM, summited Challenger at 9:30, summited KC at 10:30, and was heading back off Challenger at 11:16. Took my time getting back to the car after that!" - LGH-Dan, Jul 1, 2018
"Hiked in from South Colony Lakes and were originally set on doing the Prow. We reached the Bears Playground a little after sunrise but were stalled for a few hours waiting for the clouds to open up enough to see where we were going. We decided to stick to the regular route which suprised me a little by its complexities once past Columbia Point." - Yosemike, Sep 17, 2013
"Hiked to lakes the previous night and camped. Start: 5:00am Challenger Summit: 7:20am Kit Carson Summit: 8:12 Sleet on Kit Carson descent, Challenger covered in clouds on descent. Great climb! 11th CO 14er." - Globetrotter87, Aug 15, 2011



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