Wetterhorn Peak (Wetterhorn is German and means Weather Horn) is a fourteen thousand foot mountain peak in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is located in the Uncompahgre Wilderness of the northern San Juan Mountains, in northwestern Hinsdale County and southeastern Ouray County, 9 miles (14 km) east of the town of Ouray. It lies 2.75 mi (4.4 km) west of Uncompahgre Peak.
Wetterhorn Peak, and its neighbor Matterhorn Peak, 13,590 ft (4,142 m), are named after the Wetterhorn and the Matterhorn, two famous peaks in the Swiss Alps. Both Colorado peaks are pointed rock spires (hence resembling their namesake peaks), whose shapes contrast with the broad bulk of the higher Uncompahgre Peak.
The first recorded ascent of the peak was made in 1906 by George Barnard, C. Smedley, W. P. Smedley, and D. Utter, but a previous ascent by miners working in the area in the 19th century is likely.
The standard, and only common, route on Wetterhorn Peak is the southeast ridge, which is accessed via the Matterhorn Creek drainage on the south side of the mountain. The trailhead is on the Henson Creek Road, accessible from Lake City. The route involves 3,535 ft (1,077 m) of ascent from the trailhead and some exposed scrambling (Class 3/4) on the ridge itself. The nearby east face is considered a high-quality advanced snow climb or extreme ski descent.
There's a trail called Wetterhorn Peak Climber's Route leading to the summit.
By elevation Wetterhorn Peak is
# 2 out of 58 in Ouray County # 55 out of 4045 in Colorado # 2 out of 22 in Uncompahgre Wilderness Area # 12 out of 732 in the San Juan Mountains # 55 out of 4253 in the Southern Rocky Mountains
By prominence Wetterhorn Peak is
# 2 out of 58 in Ouray County # 2 out of 22 in Uncompahgre Wilderness Area # 30 out of 732 in the San Juan Mountains
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