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Fishers Peak Mesa, Colorado


Prominence: 1832 ft, 559 m

Elevation: 9632 feet, 2936 meters


True Isolation: 32.67 mi, 52.58 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 9636 ft / 2937 m
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)37° 4' 27'' N, 104° 26' 51'' W
37.074129, -104.447507 (Dec Deg)
549111 E 4103239 N, Zone 13 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceColorado
County/Second Level RegionLas Animas
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     USA Lower 48 Range3 High Points (Rank #13)
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     Western USA Peaks with 25 miles of Isolation (Rank #192)

Ascent Info

Total successful ascents logged by registered Peakbagger.com users: 10
     Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 11)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     2018-08-02 by Desert Rat (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2019-07-20 by Desert Rat (GPS Track)
     2020-05-13 by Sue Personett
     2020-11-18 by Dave Covill

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Fishers Peak Mesa is the highest point in the United States east of the approximate north-south line formed by Interstate 25, the highway that follows the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains through Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. It lies just east of well-known Raton Pass, which has been a historic route since long before they built I-25 through it. Therefore, this obscure mountain has a good claim to being the highest peak east of the Rockies, an honor more often claimed by Harney Peak or Mount Mitchell, both well-known state high points.

Research seems to indicate the Fishers Peak Mesa is slightly higher than nearby Fishers Peak to the north.

And, if I-25 in Colorado and northern New Mexico is the western boundary of the Great Plains, then Fishers Peak Mesa is the highest point in the entire "North America Plains" range area, a huge chunk of the continent.

Sierra Blanca, a 12,000 foot peak in southern New Mexico, is east of I-25, but that far south there are no Rocky Mountains to be east of. And at that point I-25 has taken a big jog to the west and no longer follows the same general north-south line it does north of Las Vegas, NM.

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Beginning of the hike at the locked gate at San Miguel ruins (2020-05-13). Photo by Sue Personett.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 1832 ft/559 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 1872 ft/571 m
  Line Parent: Purgatoire Peak
  Key Col: Raton Pass    7800 ft/2377 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 32.67 mi/52.58 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 37.382083, -104.897729
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    East Spanish Peak  (NW)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: North America Plains (Highest Point)
Range3: Great Plains (Highest Point)
Range4: Southern Great Plains (Highest Point)
Range5: Raton Mesas (Highest Point)
Drainage BasinsArkansas
Mississippi
Gulf of Mexico
Atlantic Ocean
OwnershipLand: Private Land
Topo MapFishers Peak O37104a4 1:24,000
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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Other Photos

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Typical grass covered road that I hiked (2020-05-13). Photo by Sue Personett.
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San Miguel Creek (2020-05-13). Photo by Sue Personett.
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Me at the new high point on Fishers Peak Mesa 5/13/2020 (2020-05-13). Photo by Sue Personett.
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Parting shot of San Miguel Canyon from lower in the canyon (2020-05-13). Photo by Sue Personett.
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