San Miguel Mountains
|Range Type||Mountain range with well-recognized name|
|Highest Point||Mount Wilson (14,246 ft/4342 m)|
|Countries||United States |
|Area||2,062 sq mi / 5,342 sq km|
Area may include lowland areas
|Extent||64 mi / 102 km North-South|
57 mi / 92 km East-West
|Center Lat/Long||37° 56' N; 108° 25' W|
|Map Link||Microsoft Bing Map|
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The San Miguel Mountains, often considered separate from the San Juans, are a high, rugged, and compact range to the west of Lizard Head Pass. From just about any vantage point, they are a powerful group of peaks, with three 14ers (plus one almost-14er) close together, all combining to create a majestic panorama many consider unequalled in Colorado. The Coors brewery, trying to trade in on the Rocky Mountain mystique of its beer, has featured the fantastic view of the San Miguels from Telluride very prominently in much of its advertising.
The San Miguel peaks are among the most difficult to climb in Colorado. Mount Wilson is a strong contender for the title of "most difficult 14er", and Lizard Head Peak is widely considered the most difficult single peak in Colorado to climb, requiring YDS 5.6 rock climbing skills.
Navajo Basin is the high bowl in the center of the high peaks of the San Miguel group, and it has a semi-permanent snowfield sometimes called Navajo Glacier, impressive at this latitude, overlooking the deserts of the southwest.
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Major Peaks of the San Miguel Mountains
|Ten Highest Peaks|
|1.||Mount Wilson||14,246||4342|| |
|2.||El Diente||14,159||4316|| |
|3.||South Wilson||14,110||4301|| |
|4.||West Wilson||14,100+||4298+|| |
|5.||Wilson Peak||14,017||4272|| |
|6.||Gladstone Peak||13,913||4241|| |
|7.||Peak 13520||13,520+||4121+|| |
|8.||Peak 13498||13,498||4114|| |
|9.||Dolores Peak||13,290||4051|| |
|10.||Middle Peak||13,280+||4048+|| |
|Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.|
Photos of Peaks in the San Miguel Mountains
Mount Wilson is the leftmost major summit in this view of the San Miguel Range from the Telluride ski area (1989).
The sheer pinnacle of Lizard Head is often called the most difficult peak in Colorado to climb (1989).
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