We used a short chunk of rope ... was it clothes-line?
– The Wookie
Radial Mountain – 11,241 feet
This overlooked Elevener is on the Continental Divide 2.1 miles east-northeast of Willow Creek Pass in the northern Never Summer Range.
This summit offers an easy hike in summer, and also provides a good winter outing.
|Radial Mountain from the west
The West Ridge hiking route from Willow Creek Pass goes up the tree-covered ridge right of center
|Gerry took this photo on 3/14/04.
USGS 7.5’ Quadrangle: Radial Mountain
– 5.0 miles RT, 1,641 feet net and total, Class 2
|This is a route for all seasons. Start at the Willow Creek Pass Trailhead
on Colorado 125 at 9,600 feet. From the trail sign on the east side of the highway, get onto the Willow Creek Pass Trail,
which is also the Continental Divide Trail, and follow it 0.4 mile east to the crest of the Continental Divide.
Turn east and continue another 0.7 mile east-northeast on or near the crest of the ridge as the trail skirts some of the
peak’s namesake radial dikes to reach a signed trail junction at 9,986 feet where the trail leaves the divide.
Leave the trail here, and hike 1.4 miles east-northeast through open trees up the gentle ridge to reach the summit of Radial Mountain.
The actual summit of Radial is tree-covered, but there is an open shoulder just west of the summit that allows expansive views.