Cadet Peak

Cadet Peak is a prominent summit in the Monte Cristo area, with considerable technical challenge and a strenuous 8 mile approach. The old mining town of Monte Cristo and Glacier Basin, with the surrounding high summits, are well worth the visit.


Hike or mountain bike to Monte Cristo Campground (elevation 2,800 ft). The campground has a mountain bike rack for about 12 bikes.

Take the Glacier Basin Trail to 4,500 ft, where there is a large boulder (15 ft high). When the boulder is found, go left to another large boulder (20 ft high) across the basin and ascend small gully until 25 ft below a head wall. Then traverse left on rock ledges and up to trees/brush. Here a path that leads up to the left and to the ridge can be found. Follow path through scrub trees/brush to the ridge. Continue on ridge to about 6,800 ft, then go left across slope to the less steep slope west of the summit and ascend to summit.


Recommend mountain bike to Monte Cristo, 8 mi round trip. Day trip from Barlow Pass on foot makes for a very long and strenuous trip.

  • Difficulty: Strenuous 5, Technical 4
  • Length: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,000 ft
  • 7,186 ft
  • USGS Blanca Lake

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