Peak(s):  Silverheels, Mt  -  13,822 feet
Date Posted:  07/06/2017
Date Climbed:   07/04/2017
Author:  James Dziezynski
 Silverheels Easiest Line via FS659 (Northwest Slopes > West Ridge)  

I wrote up my full Mount Silverheels trip on my blog. I wanted to check out FS 659 and figure out the directions and quality of the 4x4 road. The good news: it's an easy-to-follow road that's fine for most stock SUVs and even CRVs, Rav4s, etc. The bad news is that the forest service roads are not accurate in Google Maps and there's a campground (the Beaver Campground) that is listed on many maps that is simply a dispersed camping pull-off. In a very basic sense, the directions are easy: Co 9 in Fairplay >4th Street >follow National Forest access signs along Beaver Lane > through cattle gate > up FS 659 until it ends.

Here are a few preview photos!

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Our high camp at 12,040 along FS659.

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The summit wind shelter.

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On the descent.

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Great views!

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Map of the route.



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 Comments or Questions
piper14er

wife saw this report
07/10/2017 11:59
and thought she would like to hike to Silverheels

I summited Silverheels some years ago, but this would be good for a closer drive and camp with her

thanks


James Dziezynski

A Nice Route
07/10/2017 13:02
I agree, this is a nice route for a more casual hike that still feels like a big mountain (because it is!). Let me know if you have any questions. The driving may seem tricky but it's pretty straightforward when you get there. Cheers!



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