James Peak Wilderness

  

Sign in James Peak Wilderness.

The James Peak area became part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 2002. James Peak (13,294’) was named in honor of Edwin James, an American physician and botanist who traveled to Colorado on the 1819/1820 U.S. Army expedition led by Major Stephen Long. James was the first botanist to describe many of the plants of the Rocky Mountains.

Bordered by Indian Peaks Wilderness to the north, the 17,015 acre James Peak Wilderness is located within Boulder, Gilpin and Clear Creek counties. Adjacent to the Continental Divide on the eastern slope, James Peak Wilderness includes several peaks over 13,000 feet and more than a dozen alpine lakes.  

The area's elevation ranges from 9,200 to 13,294 feet, which includes upper montane, sub-alpine, and alpine ecosystems of the Rocky Mountains.

Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Indian Peaks and James Peak Wildernesses.

Always use Leave No Trace techniques to help keep this area wild, clean, and pristine. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campfires prohibited within Gilpin, Boulder and Grand Counties. Review current trail conditions before accessing the high country. Snow from the winter and spring season can linger through early July depending upon elevation, aspect and tree cover. Early morning hiking is highly recommended due to severe thunderstorms and lightning that can begin as early as 11 am.
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns: Boulder, Colorado; Winter Park, Colorado; Lawson, Colorado; Empire, Colorado
Water: Treat all non-potable water before consuming.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder and Clear Creek Ranger Districts

General Information

General Notes:

Topo maps

Forest Service Topography Maps: These maps overlay Forest Service assets, such as roads, trails, and campgrounds, on USGS's topographic maps. They are available for download by quadrangle.

Buy maps online

National Forest Store: Offers a full, nationwide selection of National Forest, Ranger District, Wilderness, and Specialty Maps for purchase online or by phone, fax, and mail.

Colorado’s Fourteeners

Find more information about climbing Colorado’s peaks at the Rocky Mountain Region 14ers page.

Wilderness.net

Go to Wilderness.net for additional maps and information.


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Location

 
  Latitude : 
39.746036

  Longitude : 
-105.892867

  Elevation : 
9,200' - 13,294'