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Mount Ouray
Marshall Pass, Colorado, 1899.jpg
Mount Ouray above Marshall Pass in 1899.
Highest point
Elevation 13,961 ft (4255.4 m) NAVD88
Prominence 2659 ft (810 m)
Isolation 13.58 mi (21.9 km)
Listing
Geography
Location Chaffee and Saguache counties, Colorado, United States
Parent range Sawatch Mountains
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Mount Ouray, Colorado
Climbing
Easiest route West ridge, class 2
Mount Ouray Colorado 2020
Air photo of Mount Ouray in 2020

Mount Ouray is a high and prominent mountain summit in the far southern Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 13,961-foot (4255.4 m) thirteener is located in San Isabel National Forest, 7.5 miles (12.0 km) west (bearing 270°) of Poncha Pass, Colorado, United States, on the boundary between Chaffee and Saguache counties. The mountain was named in honor of Ute Chief Ouray.

Mountain

Mount Ouray makes up the southern tip of Sawatch Mountains, rising 7,000 feet above the Arkansas River Valley. Monarch Pass is four miles northwest of the peak.

The mountain is named after the Ute Chief Ouray. Nearby Mount Chipeta, just over a mile to the northwest of Mount Ouray, is named after Chief Ouray's wife.

Routes

The standard route is the west ridge. Starting at Marshall Pass, the route heads north along the Continental Divide until the west ridge of Mount Ouray is reached. From there, one can hike east along this ridge up to the summit.

Historical names

  • Hump Mountain
  • Mount Ouray – 1962
  • Ouray Mountain
  • Ouray Peak – 1906 (there is a different Ouray Peak in northern Chaffee County)
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