Peak(s):  Horseshoe Mtn A  -  13,898 feet
Peerless Mtn  -  13,348 feet
Date Posted:  01/21/2013
Date Climbed:   01/21/2013
Author:  Amadisofgaul
 Horseshoe Mtn A  

Taking advantage of a (technical) day off, I decided to head out for some winter hiking fun. After oversleeping by several hours, I finally got on the road by 8:15. I breezed up the Fourmile creek rd, which is in impeccable shape! The Leavick ghost town: Image
is just how I remembered it from 6 years ago, complete with the creaking of the timbers in the wind. I inadvertently (missed the turnoff to the left because I didn't closely read the excellent route by Bill ) drove up very close to the Mt. Sherman summer trailhead: Image
Mt. Sheridan and Mt. Sherman
After backtracking a bit, it was finally time to hike.
The day was absolutely clear and beautiful, although a bit breezy at times. Snowshoes are absolutely not needed, but I was happy to have my microspikes. I soon gained the first ridge, leaving the snow covered sections of the 4wd road when postholing became troublesome. The view of Horseshoe Mountain was captivating :Image
Horseshoe Mountain
My first stop of the day, Peerless Mountain loomed benignly above me :Image
Peerless Mountain

There is a myriad of 4wd roads and spurs leading up towards the saddle. I took the path of least resistance and passed by numerous abandoned mine sites. Here is the view towards the East from the saddle :Image
The view to the East from the saddle of Peerless and Horseshoe

Peerless was an easy side trip except for the increased howl of the wind. When the wind tracked from the North, it was not too bad. For the most part, it was a unrelentingly gusty West wind that froze me and threatened my balance. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest!
There are numerous trail segments up the easy slope of Horseshoe and I soon arrived at the summit. I had thought about attempting the trifecta of Finnback Knob, but the snow covered connecting ridge looked very dubious. Next time. Here is the view towards the northern end of the Sawatch Range across the Arkansas valley :Image
The view from the summit of Horseshoe

After a quick trip back to my car, it was time to bid the Fourmile creek area adieu. This is a great hike at the moment, and would be a gentle introduction to "winter" hiking. Mt. Sherman :Image
Mt. Sherman
and Sheep Mountain :Image
Sheep Mountain
smile on approvingly.

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 Comments or Questions
Matt Lemke

01/22/2013 06:16
There is just so little snow in the Mosquito Range...even less than last year


Re: Dang...
01/22/2013 06:28
Yeah, it doesn't bode well for the fire season this year.

Liquid Shadow

It's Owen
01/23/2013 03:58

Mark A Steiner

Peerless Only in 1997
03/17/2013 03:16
After over 15 years away from summits in this area, it is time to return and have another try at Horseshoe. Encouraging trip report!

Mark A Steiner

Little snow!
03/17/2013 03:17
Know it was bone dry in January, but since then some snow has returned. Echo the snowy sentiments of other posters here. We need more!

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