Palmyra Peak captured my attention while we were boondocking in the Telluride area, and I was surprised as just how little information I could find on it since it’s a 13er at 13,319 feet.
2022 Update – there is a Class 4 route up on 14ers.com.
I decided to have Colette drop me off at Alta Lakes to climb it from there, then catch the free gondola from Mountain Village back into Telluride and meet her there.
The hike itself is pretty uninteresting until you get to the upper reaches where it turns rocky with some scree and some fun climbing.
Somebody had bolted in a climbing route just below the peak, and even though I didn’t have proper climbing gear with me the hangers made good handholds as I pulled myself up.
A fun scramble at the top, I’d definitely do it again.

Alta Lakes

Alta Lakes
Alta Lakes from the ridge up to Palmyra Peak.


Dihedral Face

Dihedral Face
The Dihedral Chute is on the left as you look up to Palmyra Peak.


Mountain Flowers

Mountain Flowers below Palmyra Peak
It’s not all craggy rock up here.


The Line

The Line
This looks like the easiest line up.


Falling Away

Falling Away
Chunks ready to fall away from the peak.


Here’s a Bolt

Here's a Bolt
Somebody has bolted a route up to the peak.


Storm Clouds

Storm Clouds approaching Palmyra Peak
Typical Colorado afternoon storm clouds rolling in.


Palmyra Peak

Palmyra Peak
Google Earth visual of the Alta Lakes-Palmyra Peak-Telluride hike.