Peak(s):  Horseshoe Mtn A  -  13,898 feet
Date Posted:  07/22/2010
Date Climbed:   07/12/2010
Author:  iluv80sgirl
 A Windy Day in the Mosquitos  

Horseshoe Mountain 13898-East Ridge via Horseshoe Creek
6.2 miles RT
2418ft elevation gain

Horseshoe Mtn is a centennial peak that is shadowed by it's more popular though less aestetic neighbor Mt. Sherman. It is an easy class I walk-up. I did this hike on a weekday and saw only one other person on the trail. The views of the namesake cirque are breathtaking as one hikes up an old mining road to a saddle between Horseshoe Mountain and Peerless Mountain.

Access to the Trailhead is via the Fourmile Creek Road (CR-18) outside of Fairplay. At the ghost town of Leavick on this bumpy dirt road take a left turn and drive about 0.6 miles to timberline. Park off the road. This is the "trailhead".

Next proceed to walk up a old 4-wheel drive road to the west as it snakes around Horseshoe Creek. The cirque will be visible shortly.

Continue up this road/trail as it heads northImage

Pass a lake to the west of the trailImage

Continue up the trail toward a saddle between Horseshoe Mountain and Peerless Mountain and pass some mining building remnantsImage

Old mining building Image

The saddle will shortly be in better view Image

Above the saddle the ridge to the summit is visibleImageImage

The summit-it was very, very windy up there and difficult to stand at times so we did not spend much time up there. Initially, I wanted to continue to the southwest on the ridge and bag Ptarmigan Peak but the winds were just too brutal and some clouds were looking potenially ominous for storms.Image

Peerless Mountain, Mt. Sheridan, and Mt. Sherman to the northeastImage

Ptarmigan Peak to the southwest down the ridgeImage

Weston Peak and Pass further to the south on the same rigde past Ptarmigan PeakImage

Sheep Mountain to the east I believeImage

A parting shot of the handsome cirqueImage

And in my wildflower identification quest, a few new-to-me species were identified on the hike:Mountain Bladderpod, Alpine Lousewort, and Parry Lousewort-all were in abundanceImageImageImageImage

This was an easy but lovely hike at altidude. I really love 13ers!

Happy trails!

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 Comments or Questions

07/22/2010 22:40
Lovely photos and TR, iluv80sgirl! I've always been a big fan of this peak, it has such a distinctive shape. And I share your love of the solitude that can be found on the 13ers... my partner and I have kept track of the # of people we encounter on summits, and I think we've had company on only one or two Centennials. I also like the fact that the 13ers outweigh the 14ers on your peak lists... a sure sign of someone who appreciates what gems these peaks are!


Thank you!
07/22/2010 22:53
Thank you Wooderson! This is only my 2nd report some I am still working out some of the technology kinks! I love 13ers and 12ers. I just have more interest in them. That is why I love SummitPost. They have info on everything and this site has become more diverse in peak reports as well. I am doing a few 13ers this weekend so maybe I will muster up another report! Happy trails!

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