Peru Creek Trail

Peru Creek Trail

Peru Creek Trail is a short rocky trail located in the White River National Forest, in Summit County, Colorado, USA. It’s a 4WD track.

The road, also known as Forest Service Road 260, is 6.3 miles (10.1km) long. Notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Extremely low oxygen for engine combustion.  The trail is pretty steep and climbs up from 3.055m (10,022ft) to 3.844m (12,611ft) above the sea level. Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. On the highest point of the trail, at Horseshoe Basin, expect snow to linger here well into July. The lower part of the trail would be open earlier. It’s accessible from March until November.

The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. Don’t forget your camera! This road offers amazing scenery, gorgeous hiking trails and access to other spur roads, all without being very difficult for most SUVs to access. It’s a truly outstanding SUV adventure. It offers stunning scenery, rich mining history with many well-preserved structures, bubbling brooks, abundant wildflowers, beaver ponds, shaded camp spots, hiking and mountain biking trails, and many legal side roads for ATVs and Jeeps. You will have opportunities to explore other drainages off the main Peru Creek Road including Warden Gulch, Chihuahua Gulch, and Cinnamon Gulch. Eventually you will come to a parking area and gate at the Shoe Basin Mine. Beyond this point the road is closed to motorized access, but you can continue on by hiking, mountain biking or horseback. Due its unique location and the climb in elevation over thousands of feet, and passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. It is a fairly mellow road with plenty of room to pass other vehicles. Expect to see passenger cars on this road as well, though an SUV with good clearance is recommended. The hike to Horseshoe Basin at the top of the drainage follows an old 4WD road and the scenery is outstanding.
Pic: Jeffrey Downs