Colorado 13er: Houghton Mountain

Houghton Mountain

Shortly after returning from our adventures in Utah, I wanted to get some adventuring happening in Colorado’s high country without asking too much of Sprocket. Hiking with my pup is one of my favorite things to do so we drove up Engineer Pass bound for Houghton Mountain, a 13er that requires relatively little hiking if you use a jeep to get to your trailhead.

Houghton Mountain

Sprocket was ecstatic to be up in the high country. He was running all over sniffing, rolling in the snow drifts he found and heading exactly the way he knows his mommy likes to go: UP.

Sprocket

Colorado high country

Sprocket

San Juan Mountains

Sprocket

Houghton Mountain

Sprocket

Our short hike lead us to the summit of Houghton surrounded by other 13ers to be climbed in the coming years. It as hard not to feel lucky that I was calling this home.

San Juan MountainsSprocket concurs:

Sprocket on the summit

Hike stats: 1.8 miles; 597 feet gain

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