Pigeon Peak is in the San Juan National Forest. Pigeon Peak is in the Weiminuche Wilderness in the Needle Mountains. It is the 57th highest peak in Colorado and known for its ruggedness and overall relief from the Animas River to the summit. The east face is a stunning, vertical wall 800-1000 feet in height. It is south of Silverton, Colorado and east of Needleton near the Durango Silverton narrow gauge railroad.
One of the easiest approaches to Pigeon Peak is to take the train to Needleton from Silverton and then hike the trail to Ruby Lake. The peak is south of the lake.
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From: Morrison, CO
Sep 7, 2010
This page is up for adoption. If you would like to write a proper description for this page, please PM me.
|By Max Kendall|
From: Ouray, CO
Sep 13, 2010
The altitude of the peak and the coordinates are correct. I have cleaned up the description and getting there information to focus on the peak and not a particular route. I hope this accurately depicts this peaks information.
|By Matthias Holladay|
From: Durango, Colorado
Mar 7, 2012
Pigeon, one of the Rockies greatest peaks, stands up in a proud isolated profile west of the main group of its neighbors. When seen down through the Animas River valley from Silverton, or any other spot, even way out south of Durango on the La Plata Highway, it is a sight indeed, rising 5,700 feet from the river. It was first noticed as a climbing objective in 1906 when William Cooper climbed Kendall and reported seeing mountains, "that I must see again and at the earliest opportunity; the whole San Juan country, the Needle Mountains in particular, and first of all, Pigeon Peak." Two years later on July 11th, he and John Hubbard climbed it for the FA. Later, the likes of Albert Ellingwood and Barton Hoag climbed it in 1920 and then the likely 3rd ascent by C.M.C. in 1927. (For a complete history of Colorado Mountaineering buy Roof of the Rockies by William Bueler.)