14,165 ft / 4,317 m

#31 in Colorado

#65 in United States


1,025 ft / 312 m

#278 in Colorado

#2,723 in United States


41 summits

#66 in Colorado

#891 in United States

Top climbing months

July   33%

August   33%

September  14%

Most climbed route

North Ridge via Willow Creek

Class 4


  • 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.
2 summits • 15.2 mi • 6,010 ft gain • 9 hr 31 min • Class 3