Peru Creek Trail is a mountain road located in Summit County, Colorado, in USA. It’s one of the highest roads of Colorado.
Located within the White River National Forest, Peru Creek Trail (Forest Service Road 260) is totally unpaved. The road is 10.1km (6.3 miles) long, running from the paved Montezuma Road at 3.055m (10,022ft) above the sea level, to Horseshoe Basin, at 3.760m (12,335ft) above the sea level. Over this distance the elevation gain is 705 meters. The average gradient is 6.98%. It’s accessible from March until November.
The track can be driven in a high clearance twowheel- drive vehicle from the beginning of the track to a parking area and gate at the Shoe Basin Mine (7.56km (4.7 miles) long. 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.
Beyond this point the road is an old 4wd road, totally drivable but closed to motorized access. 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. 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. This is a remarkable road trip. Remember to bring your camera. It offers stunning scenery, rich mining history with many well-preserved structures. You will have opportunities to explore other drainages off the main Peru Creek Road including Warden Gulch, Chihuahua Gulch, and Cinnamon Gulch. Make sure you leave enough time to make plenty of stops along the way. The hike to Horseshoe Basin at the top of the drainage follows an old 4WD road and the scenery is outstanding.The drive is very scenic as it passes many relics of the area’s mining heyday as it climbs through an open, verdant alpine basin, through which runs a chalk-white stream colored by calcium carried by the water.
Pic: Jeffrey Downs