Mesa County High Point Trip Report

Leon Peak

Date: September 4, 2000
Author: Charlie Winger

From the Weir-Johnson Campground, find the trailhead across from campsite #3. Follow the spillway at the West end of the lake to the trail junction of FT 716 & 717. Despite what it says in John Mitchler & Dave Covill's book, turn LEFT onto FT 716 toward Sissy Lake. You'll reach Sissy Lake in about 10-15 minutes on a good trail. Once you reach Sissy Lake, turn right at the "Sissy Lake" sign onto another trail. Follow this trail about 150 yards to an open grassy area on your left. Turn left here & walk up to the ridge visible at the end of the grassy area. Stay on the highest point of the ridge, and head roughly NW. The ridge parallels Sissy Lake for a bit, then you reach a boulder field. Continue to stay at the high point of the ridge, and rock-hop along, following the cairns toward Leon Peak. Approximate hiking time from the trailhead to Leon Peak is slightly over 1 hour. The summit structure is an old fire lookout post. There is a register next to the summit signpost.