Mount Eolus and neighboring North Eolus are rocky peaks in the Needle Mountains, a remote subrange in the San Juan Mountains. The 14,083-foot mountain is the 33rd highest peak in Colorado, while 14,033-foot North Eolus is an unranked Fourteener since it lacks 300 feet of prominence above the saddle with Eolus. Topographer Franklin Rhoda of the Hayden Survey named the mountain for the Greek god of winds in 1874. Eolus along with nearby Fourteeners Sunlight Peak and Windom Peak surround Upper Chicago Basin, an alpine cirque in the Weminuche Wilderness Area. Compared to other Colorado Fourteeners, Eolus offers a wild experience with few other hikers and fun Class 3 scrambling to its rocky summit.
Recommended season(s): May through October.
—Stewart M. Green