Challenger Point Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,468' 752 m
Descent: -32' -10 m
High: 14,043' 4,280 m
Low: 11,593' 3,533 m
GradeAvg Grade: 26% (15°)
Max Grade: 108% (47°)
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“A moderate run along Willow Lake and up a 14er.”— Tyler Prince
Near 11,900 ft you'll locate the trail on the grassy slopes and continue up the steep path. In about 500 ft of climbing you'll pass by a rock rib on your right. Near 13,200 ft you'll reach the top of the rib and leave the grassy slopes. Continue up and slightly toward the left on some class 2+ rocks. While the base is solid, there are plenty of loose, football-sized rocks to slip on. Stay to the right of the gully just to your left, or else you'll get cliffed out and be on much looser terrain.
Reach ridge proper around 13,900 ft. From here, it's just a 0.1 mile hop, skip, and jump along some talus over to the summit. You may want to drop a little to the left of ridge proper to avoid some looser areas, but never more than 20-30 ft or so.
From the summit, Kit Carson Trail provides access to Challenger's parent 14er.
If descending this trail as part of Kit Carson and Challenger, the only landmark you need to be concerned with is the gully. Stay to its left on the way down and you'll be fine.
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Land Manager: USFS - Rio Grande National Forest Office