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UPDATESWhat we've been doing
- From Youth Corps to Crew Leader
– August 22, 2016
Over the past seven weeks CFI Project Managers on Mt. Columbia have had the pleasure of working along side an 11 person crew from Rocky … Read More
- An Intern’s First Season of Trail Work
– August 19, 2016
In the past I’ve come to the mountains expecting the spectacular. The larger-than-life views, epic hikes, and extreme environments. Guessing at which mountain critters I’ll … Read More
- Non-Natives in Chicago Basin
– August 15, 2016
Enter the Chicago Basin in the Weminuche Wilderness and delve deep into the home of many Colorado inhabitants. Black bear, mule deer, elk and mountain … Read More
- Backcountry Cooking with Kristine
– August 12, 2016
Cooking can always be a challenge, but try cooking without a stove, oven, table, cutting board, spatula, your favorite spices, or even the convenience of … Read More
- Elevation:14,083 feet (33rd highest)
- Maps:USGS Quads: Columbine Pass, Storm King Peak, and Mountain View Crest
Trails Illustrated® – TOPO Map # 140
Click here to purchase Trails Illustrated® maps for this route.
- Contact:US Forest Service, Columbine Ranger District (970) 884-2512
Our Work CFI began major trail construction and restoration on Mt. Eolus this summer. Our crews will close and restore existing trails in addition to opening new, sustainable reroutes.
Click here to view a Google Earth projection of our project on Mt. Eolus!
Recommended Route Chicago Basin Route—use of this route will help to reduce impacts to this Fourteener’s fragile alpine environment. For detailed route information such as photos, maps, and elevation profiles, click here.
Route Information and Additional Resources Two approaches are available to the Chicago Basin. The first approach involves an 18-mile backpack from Purgatory Trailhead off Highway 550 near the Purgatory Ski area. The second approach is to take the Durango & Silverton Railroad to the Needleton Stop. From the Needleton stop, you hike another 6.5 miles east to the Chicago Basin.
For Eolus Peak, gain the Twin Lakes Trail out of the Chicago Basin. From Twin Lakes, head west-southwest to Eolus. The route is fairly complex, and contains loose rock hazards and exposure. Consult a guidebook for information on safe hiking. After gaining the saddle between Eolus and North Eolus, follow the ‘catwalk in the sky’ southwest to Eolus.
Contact the Durango & Silverton Railroad, at 970.247.2733 for tickets, departure schedules and reservations. Check backpacker policies in place at that time.
The above information does not replace the need to consult additional maps and Colorado Fourteener Guidebooks for more detailed route descriptions. We suggest checking multiple resources before departing on any hike. Keep in mind that not all guidebooks list this recommended route and that each guidebook’s description or route name may vary slightly.
Peak Specific Environmental and Safety Concerns No wood fires are allowed anywhere in the Needle Creek Drainage.
No wood fires or camping are allowed in the Twin Lakes Basin.