Distance: 2.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,785 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
Ajax Peak overlooks the town of Telluride from the far east side of the box canyon. It is a nontechnical peak climb summiting at 12,785 feet and ends in panoramic 360-degree views of Bridal Veil Basin, Imogene Pass, Savage Basin, Silver Lake, and beyond.
From downtown Telluride, drive east approximately 1.5 miles past the Pandora Mill site to the Valley View Parking Area on the right side of the road. You can begin your hike here and walk up the switchbacked dirt road (Forest Road #648) or you may also continue to drive up towards the Bridal Veil Powerplant. High clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicles are reccommended. Start at the top of Bridal Veil Falls where the road turns into a one-way (traveling downhill) from Ingram Falls. Climb steeply over stone steps that lead into Bridal Veil Basin. Lookout for mining cables overhead; between the third and fourth cable, you will find the unmarked trail to Ajax heading upwards. Follow the switchbacks that take you to a grassy ridge between Ingram Basin and Savage Basin, and you will catch the well-worn trail that takes you to the summit. Return the same way.