Wilson El Diente Traverse

Mt Wilson and El Diente Peak are connected by a narrow, spiney ridge. This is the classic 14er ridge traverse in Colorado! Experience San Juan alpine climbing at it’s best with Peak Mountain Guides.

The transition from Peak Mountain Guides to Mountain Trip has happened! Please contact Mountain Trip’s Telluride, CO office at 970-369-1153 for more information.

April – June 30 &
September 15 – November

One-Day Mount Wilson-El Diente Traverse
1:1 – $810
2:1 – $540 pp

*Please contact us about custom options for more than two climbers.

  • wilson el diente 14er traverse
  • ridgeline connect wilson and el diente san juan mountains
  • early morning climbing the wilson el diente traverse


This is the most popular and challenging 14er traverse in Colorado. The difficulty increases the satisfaction of completing an iconic traverse.

Commitment and Challenge on High

The traverse of Wilson El Diente is one of Colorado’s most challenging 14er link ups. Weather patterns in the central Rockies include afternoon thunderstorms. The elevation of the traverse averages 14,000′ along the exposed ridge with few options for retreat. Combining the terrain and the weather patterns result in a a serious undertaking.

Single Day Objective versus Overnight

The standard tack for this objective is to do it in a single day push. The result is a mega alpine day starting shortly after midnight with a round trip duration of 15 to 20 hours. An alternative is to hike in and spend the night closer to the base of the climbing. Adding a second day changes the price of the objective: 1:1 increases to $950 and 2:1 increases to $675 per person.


Group Size

This is a private program, no one else will be paired with your party. If your group is larger than 2, we apply a group discount and additional guides are added to keep the guest to guide ratio at 2:1 or lower.

Time and Place

This is a custom program. Meeting time and place are organized directly with your guide.

Equipment List

All the technical climbing equipment required for this outing is included.

Contact Us

Mountain Trip

135 W Colorado Ave 2A | Telluride, C0 81435

Authorized Permittee

Peak Mountain Guides is an authorized permittee of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison National Forest; San Juan National Forest; Bureau of Land Management Monticello, Moab, Gunnison, and Glennallen Field Offices; Eldorado Canyon State Park; Ouray Ice Park, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks; and National Parks including Mt. Rainier, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Colorado National Monument. Peak Mountain Guides is an equal opportunity service provider.