14,165 ft / 4,317 m


1,025 ft / 312 m


26 summits

Top climbing months

July   30%

August   30%

September  15%

Most climbed route

North Slopes of Challenger Pt


  • 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.



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