Pigeon & turret

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37.9º N, 107.7º W

At just shy of 14,000′ Pigeon Peak rises dramatically to the east of the Animas River; Turret offers a worthy add on to this adventure into the Needle Mountains, a subrange of the San Juan’s

Summit two iconic colorado 13ers

Pigeon can be seen from the train as it proceeds along the Animas River from Durango towards Silverton.  Located in the Needles, a subrange of the San Juan Mountains, Pigeon rises 6000′ above the Animas River. Its East Face is a 1000′ sheer face. This peak typically sees much less traffic than 14ers such as Windom, Sunlight and Eolus.  Climbing Pigeon requires endurance, skill and a sense of adventure.

Turret Ridge climb
Private and custom Weminuche Wilderness climbing is available with advance registration. Number of days will vary depending on the objectives; 3 days is standard.


$1450 for 1:1
$950pp for 2:1
(*based on a 3 day itinerary; additional days +$500)


San Juan Mountains, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado


To climb Jagged & Turret we use the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway to shorten our approach. Avoiding the crowds heading for Chicago Basic, we hop off at Ruby Lake / Ruby Basin, and set up camp here for the night. Although rugged in appearance, the northwest face of Turret remains accessible to many climbers at class 2(+).  


Up to 2:1


  • AMGA trained/certified guide
  • Federal Land Use Surcharge (USFS/BLM)
  • Camping equipment & all meals


  • Guide gratuity
  • Train fees (approach via the iconic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway!)
  • Personal clothing / gear: check out our recommended GEAR LIST


  • Climbers should be in good physical condition, and be comfortable with fourth and low fifth class hiking at elevation.
  • Your guide will contact you prior to your scheduled trip, to discuss logistics, determine a food plan and finalize gear.
  • The Weminuche Wilderness has endless alpine climbing opportunities; let our guides tailor another adventure for your tick list: such as a technical ascent of Jagged Peak or an easy hike up Engineer Mountain.


Please familiarize yourself with our Booking & Cancellation Policies.


Anyone participating in our programs must fill out a Waiver beforehand. If you are under 18, please have parent/guardian complete.