Peak 10
East Ridge from Ski Area
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Difficulty:
 Class 2 
Ski/Board: Semi-Advanced, D5 / R2 / II  
Trailhead:Breck Ski Area (Pk 9)
Start:11,400 feet
Summit:13,633 feet
Total Gain:2,300 feet
RT Length:6.50 miles
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Updated:3/2017
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:17 reports
Cell Signal:1 report
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? (WINTER) HOLD ON! If you don't have much high-elevation, winter climbing experience, be careful in your planning and take a partner. All 14er routes are more difficult and more dangerous in winter.

Trailhead

Drive to S. Park Ave. on the south end of Breckenridge. Turn west and drive 0.2 miles and turn left on Village Road. Drive 0.2 miles on Village and turn left into a large parking lot near the Beaver Run complex. A chairlift goes by the lot. Turn left, cross the lot and turn right onto County Road (CR) 751 (dirt). This road leads to the top of the Peak 9 section of the ski area. After 0.5 miles keep left. There is a gated road on the right. Pass a lift and drive around to another intersection near 0.8 miles. Stay right on the main road and begin the climb into the ski area. Near 1.5 miles, stay right. Near 3.0 miles, go under a lift. Stay on the main road and pass the Overlook Restaurant. Continue up to the highest lifts near 3.6 miles. This is the trailhead. The road is rough from here and 4WD is required. If you drive another 1/2 mile, there is a small pull-off on the right.

If the ski area is open, you can take the Mercury Super Chair to the start of this route. Above the lift, locate the road that provides backcountry access. Daily access is determined by the ski area, so call the ski patrol in advance.

Route

1 shows most of this easy route. Leave the ski area and hike up the road. This road goes all the way to the radio towers that are just a few hundred feet from the Peak 10 summit. Leave the forest near 11,800' and continue on the road as it switchbacks up a shoulder to 12,100'. The road then heads west along the north side of the shoulder before turning left where it intersects the Wheeler trail.

Continue on the road into the large basin between Peak 10 and Peak 9 - 2. Cross a stream and walk over to the base of the slope leading up to the radio towers - 3. The Briar Rose mine can be seen about half way up the slope. Follow the solid road up nearly 700' of elevation to the top of the ridge. 4 shows the road when looking down from the summit. Curve around to the south side of the ridge before reaching the radio towers.

The summit is not far away - 5. Pass the towers and follow the East Ridge to the summit. From the towers, there's about 350' of remaining elevation gain. Snow is present on the ridge through June. With snow, a cornice may make this ridge a bit dangerous. Ascend snow or stable talus to the easy summit. 6 shows most of the ridge. Taken on top, 7 looks northeast.

Notes

County Road 751 is closed in winter and early spring. It is usually opened in late June or early July.
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