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Mount Richthofen
Mount Richthofen viewed from Tundra World Nature Trail.jpg
Mount Richthofen viewed from Rocky Mountain National Park
Highest point
Elevation 12,945 ft (3,946 m)
Prominence 2,680 ft (817 m)
Isolation 9.66 mi (15.55 km)
Listing Colorado prominent summits
Colorado range high points
Etymology Ferdinand von Richthofen
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Location Continental Divide between Rocky Mountain National Park in Grand County and Jackson County, Colorado, United States
Parent range Highest summit of the
Never Summer Mountains
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Mount Richthofen, Colorado
Age of rock 20-25 myo
Mountain type Andesite
First ascent William S. Cooper 1908
Easiest route class 3 scramble

Mount Richthofen is the highest summit of the Never Summer Mountains range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The prominent 12,945-foot (3,946 m) peak is located 5.6 miles (9.0 km) northwest by west (bearing 308°) of Milner Pass, Colorado, United States, on the Continental Divide separating the Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness in Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand County from Routt National Forest and Jackson County. The mountain was named in honor of pioneering German geologist Baron Ferdinand von Richthofen, apparently by Clarence King's 1870 survey team.


The mountain is a steep Class 3 climb. Needles and Grenadiers explorer William S. Cooper climbed Mount Richthofen by himself in 1908 in what is presumed to be the first ascent in historic times by Americans of European descent. No sign of previous climbers were present at that time.

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