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Trip: Pagosa Peak
Distance: 3.5-mi roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft
Difficulty: Hard

Summary: At 12,640 ft in elevation, Pagosa Peak is one of the most prominent and iconic mountains on the Pagosa skyline. Although there is no official trail to the top, a hike to its summit has become a rite of passage for many area residents. This hike is steep but relatively short, and the small summit offers spectacular views of the Piedra River Valley, the Weminuche Wilderness, and the low-lying areas around Pagosa Springs to the south.

Trip: Summit Peak
Distance: 7.5-mi roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 2,400 ft
Difficulty: Hard

Summary: At 13,300 ft in elevation, this lesser-known peak is the highest point in Archuleta County. Abundant wildflowers and limitless above-treeline views highlight this must-do trail. Located directly on the Continental Divide deep in the South San Juan Wilderness, this is an excellent hike for those looking for something off the beaten path.
What to Know Before You Go
Ski & Bow Rack’s guided hiking trips take place at extremely high elevations (10,000 ft to over 13,000 ft) in steep alpine terrain. Participants must be in good physical condition with no history of altitude sickness. Altitude sickness can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness level. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea, and shortness of breath. Anyone experiencing one or more of these symptoms should notify their guide immediately so that appropriate action can be taken.

Weather conditions in the Rocky Mountains are highly variable. During the summer hiking season, afternoon thunderstorms are an almost daily occurrence, and getting caught above treeline in a storm can be extremely dangerous. For this reason, getting an early start is essential when hiking in high alpine terrain. Depending on the day’s weather forecast, our guided hiking trips generally begin at our shop at 6:00-7:00 AM.

We at Ski & Bow Rack are committed to making your guided hiking trip as safe and fun as possible. All our guides are trained in First-Aid and CPR, and will be carrying both a first-aid kit and emergency locator beacon at all times.

What to wear:

Well-fitting hiking shoes with good tread and plenty of room in the toes

Good hiking socks (synthetic or wool are best for preventing blisters)

Sun protective clothing made from synthetic or lightweight wool fabrics. DO NOT WEAR BLUE JEANS OR OTHER COTTON CLOTHING!



What to bring:

Water (2 liters minimum per person)

Snacks (enough for one day)

Sunscreen (the sun is INTENSE above treeline!)

Lip balm

Daypack or other small backpack

Rain jacket

Warm layer (light jacket or fleece, etc.)

Any personal items/feminine items/medications you might need

Lightweight gloves (optional)

Trekking poles (optional)

Bug spray (optional)

Camera or smartphone (optional)