Coxcomb Peak is ranked #171 among Roach's bicentennial Colorado peaks, if you're into those kind of lists. This mountain occupies a spectacular setting, overlooking the the West and Middle Forks of the Cimarron River to the north and the Wetterhorn Basin to the south.
Although it appears fairly blocky and flat from afar, the summit ridge actually forms a knife-edge, with significant exposure. The first ascent, up the Southwest Chimney
, went up in 1929. A route up the north face from 1969 is reported as well.
The peak is described by Rosebrough (1986) and Jacobs and Ormes (2000), and a Summitpost page
is also available.
Approach either from the north, by using the West Fork trail, or from the south through Wetterhorn Basin. This can be done in a day trip, but the backcountry camping is spectacular too.
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Southwest Chimney 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b CO
: Alpine Rock
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An ascent of Coxcomb from the south involves two separate technical sections plus some ridge-running. To start, find a deeply inset chimney system on the southwest face and start up a 12' cracked block that leads to a 4th class gully. This steepens to an ~80' section of 5.2 chimney. Emerge on the ridge and head east.A prominent 30' notch is guarded by a 5.6 wide crack to downclimb. 4th class terrain past the notch leads to the summit. Some people rappel into the notch during the ascent and l...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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