Wilson Peak Summit Climb

World renowned as the peak on the Coors beer label, Wilson Peak carries a reputation for being beautiful, rugged, and picturesque. It is also an excellent first 14’er for beginners and an enjoyable climb for anyone!  The classic Southwest Ridge route offers high quality, moderate scrambling (Class 3) on a scenic ridge crest. Wilson peak can be climbed in one long day from the Rock of Ages Trailhead or as a two-day climb with a camp in beautiful Bilk Basin.

April 15 – October 31

1 Person: $460
2 People: $327 per person
3 People: $258 per person

  • Wilson Peak Climb with columbine
  • Wilson Peak Climb crossing snowfield


1-Day Wilson Peak Climb

We offer single day climbs of Wilson Peak via the popular Southwest Ridge Route. Starting at the Rock of Ages Trailhead, we walk through shimmering Aspen Forests and past a meandering creek as the trail gradually makes its way out of Elk Creek Basin. Cresting the ridge above Elk Creek, we make a steady traverse into Silver Pick Basin where the entire route comes into view. A final climb up to Rock of Ages Saddle puts us at the beginning of the Southwest Ridge. From here, the ridge ascends for 1000 vertical feet to the summit, gradually increasing in steepness and exposure as it nears the top. The most challenging part of the route comes at approximately 13,900 where a false summit must be negotiated with exposed Class 3 rock climbing. Once past the false summit, an airy Class 3 traverse leads to the final summit crest and a magnificent view from the top. This climb involves approximately 10 miles of hiking and 3800 feet of elevation gain and loss. For most people, this climb will take 10-12 hours round trip.

2-Day Wilson Peak Climb

Many people prefer to climb Wilson Peak in two days in order to break up the mileage and enjoy a night of alpine camping. For this, we highly recommend the Bil