London Mountain (13,194′) | Colorado | 08/09/20

London Mountain (13,194′) | CO Rank: 493/637

Mosquito Range | Pike National Forest | Fairplay, CO

08/09/20 | 1.88 miles | 585′ gain | Class 2


After climbing Kuss, Mosquito, and Treasurevault a month prior, I was dying to get back to the area to climb London Mountain. We had a great view of London’s west ridge that day and I hadn’t been able to get it out of my mind since. Finally, I was able to make it back up Mosquito Gulch.

Even from the 2wd parking area London is an easy hike (~5 mi & 1700′) but why not make it a little easier? Kyle’s brother had recently gone off to basic training and since he wasn’t allowed to bring a vehicle, he let us borrow his Tacoma for a couple months. Sudden access to a 4wd vehicle opened up many new opportunities and even Kyle was excited to go 4-wheeling. Mosquito Pass was supposed to be an easier 4wd road so it was a good opportunity to test our skills and I of course had my eye on London Mountain.

From the 2wd parking area in Mosquito Gulch, the road becomes much rougher. After ~1.75 miles of rocky road, we reached the London/Kuss saddle where there is room for 2-3 vehicles to park. We parked less than a mile from the summit of London Mountain. (My lazy side really likes 4-wheeling.)

Starting up London’s west ridge

It was a straight shot to the summit along London’s west ridge. There is a trail the entire way, though it’s sometimes faint. Rock formations along the ridge make it look like the route couldn’t possibly be Class 2 but there is always a way to stay on easier terrain.

Looking south – Pennsylvania Mountain (13,006′) left of center, Gemini Peak (13,951′) right of center
When ridge proper becomes too difficult, follow the Class 2 trail on the right side.
Above the rock formations, it is an easy walk to the summit.
It turned out this was a false summit…there are a couple of those.
Waiting for Dad – Kuss Peak (13,548′) and Mosquito Pass Road are visible.
Almost to the true summit now!
We made it!
Looking south across American Flats
Looking north into Mosquito Gulch

Our descent was quick and it was still early when we got back to the truck so we continued up and over Mosquito Pass. After a quick tourist stop to view the signs on Mosquito Pass, we drove down the west side towards Leadville. The west side of the pass wasn’t any more difficult than the east side, but there were some tighter turns and steeper drop offs.

Mosquito Pass sign
J.L. “Father” Dyer memorial on Mosquito Pass

Another fun day in the Mosquitos! London’s west ridge was just as fun as it looked and I’m glad I was able to hike it, even if it was the easy way.


2 thoughts on “London Mountain (13,194′) | Colorado | 08/09/20

  1. Anonymous

    Other than the altitude the shots of the trails on the mountain reminded me so much of the trails on the hills here. What creased me up was that your parking spot was about 3x higher than our highest mountain!


    1. We are lucky to have such high peaks here! Most of the high roads were built by miners +/-100 years ago on their hunt for gold and silver, often found at very high elevations. I am just thankful to be able to use their roads to get me closer to my destination! Some days call for easier hikes.

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