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Wetterhorn Peak Trail

NOTE: Wetterhorn Peak is a CLIMB--not a hike!


The trail to the peak breaks off the Ridge Stock Driveway Trail on the southeast side of Wetterhorn. From Wetterhorn Basin, a poorly marked trail ascends a west ridge coming off Wetterhorn Peak and then descends to the Ridge Stock trail (about 3 miles). Follow the Ridge Stock east for about 2 miles to the trailhead.


(Note: See the Special Precautions in the Wetterhorn Basin description). The trail switchbacks up a steep valley to a bench below Wetterhorn, follows the south edge of the bench for about 0.3 mile, and then the climb begins up the edge of a ridge coming southeast off the peak. Beautuful views all around.

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