Mt Edwards Route Guide | A Centennial 13er with Great Views
Mount Edwards, one of Colorado’s 100 tallest, or “centennial peaks” is an easy day trip close to Denver. You’ll need a 4WD vehicle with good clearance to get you to the Waldorf mine area (see the google map below). Once there, you’ll likely be alone on the mountain, as this 13er gets few visitors, unlike its 14er neighbors Grays and Torreys further along the ridge. You can add on McClellan Mountain just down the ridge in the other direction to get two 13ers in one climb. Plan your visit with my Mt Edwards route guide below.
Mt Edwards Route Guide Fast Facts
Mt Edwards Route Guide - East Slopes
My Mt Edwards Route Guide starts with a warning: You need a 4WD vehicle with good clearance to make it to this trailhead. Choose an alternative route if you don’t have one. This is a long, slow road to approach the Waldorf Mine, take your time and stay safe. Once you reach it, park and take a look at McClellan Mountain above you, Edwards lies just beyond.
Walk southwest along the road leading to Argentine Pass, until you come to a creek after a quarter-mile. Take a right here and follow the creek into a basin below Mt Edwards. This is how you’ll reach and climb the east slopes.
Head deeper into the basin and start to climb towards the rich, following the creek bottom. Reach steeper terrain above 12,300 feet. Without a trail, angle to the right and pick a line to reach the ridge. It gets steep but does not exceed class 2 scrambling. Reach the saddle near 13,400 feet between Edwards and McClellan.
Take a right and continue along the ridge to reach the summit of Mt Edwards. While steeper than the ascent up to the saddle, it is still only class 2. Gain the summit and enjoy the views from the top.
Once you make it to the tip, enjoy your accomplishment and the views of Grays and Torreys Peak to the west. Be sure you descend with plenty of time to reach tree line before afternoon thunderstorms become a hazard. I hope you found my Mt Edwards route guide helpful and informative for planning your next trip. Safe travels on the trails!
My Mt Edwards Route Guide includes this topographical map of the trail and region. You can download this map on your phone or print out a copy to bring with you on your climb. Always bring some hardcopy map in case your digital version fails or breaks.
Use these two sources to check the weather conditions before your trip. Consider the temperature high and low, wind speed, precipitation, and whether there are any storm systems on the horizon to be aware of. No Conundrum Peak Route Guide is complete without weather forecasts.
Hiking & climbing 13ers is an inherently high-risk activity – use my Windom Peak route guide at your own risk, and use the following best practices to help keep yourself safe.
- Bring the Ten Essentials and the knowledge/skill to use them.
- Leave your plans with someone back home along with a detailed itinerary.
- Start early, and end early: Be back at tree line by noon to avoid lightning.
- Check the weather forecast and stay home during inclement weather.
- Research your route and bring a compass & topographic map.
Hiking, scrambling and climbing up Colorado’s high peaks are inherently high-risk, dangerous activities. There is a significant risk of injury or death, even with proper planning and experience. Those using my Mt Edwards Route Guide accept all risks associated with climbing 14ers and do not hold this website or any information they obtain from it liable for any accidents or injuries that occur while engaging in these activities on Colorado’s high peaks. It is each hiker or climber’s responsibility to research their route carefully, bring the ten essentials, and practice other safe practices, though even these precautions do not eliminate risk and danger. Visit these summits at your own risk.
About the Author: Alex Derr
Alex Derr is a mountaineer and blogger based in Denver Colorado. He is working to climb Colorado’s highest 100 peaks, and the 20 tallest peaks in California. He created The Next Summit to share advice, stories, history & reflections from the Colorado Rockies & Sierra Nevada. When not climbing, he is managing the Communications strategy at Visible Network Labs.