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Peak 10

Peak 10 is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 4.082m (13,392ft) above the sea level, located in Summit County, Colorado, in USA. It's one of the highest roads of the USA.

The road to the summit is gravel. 4x4 only. It’s located in the Breckenridge Ski Area. A 4WD vehicle and an experienced driver are recommended. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. Stay away if you're scared of heights. The trail is open in the months when snow skiing is not available. It is mostly used to provide access to maintain ski lifts and lodges. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado. Due to the high elevations and exposure, the road is subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes. Be prepared for the cold and wind! High winds blow here all year long. Even in summer you can confront with snowy days. Temperatures here in the winter are brutally cold. Adverse weather conditions can prompt closure of the road. It can often be treacherous, with ice and snow accumulating even in the summer, so exercise caution as you make your way.

The summit is located within the White River National Forest. The road to the top is called Forest Service Road 751 (also known as Peak 9 Road). If you dare to take the risk and travel along this dusty and bumpy route, then make sure to be driven by someone who has experience of the road. The last part of the climb is very intimidating. It is well above timberline, and the trail is not wide at all. It is covered in loose but small rocks. The switchbacks are often very tight and loose. Do not take this drive if you have respiratory problems or any type of heart condition. Babies under 4 months of age should not make the ascent, either. 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. A major hazard of altitude is the sickness that can indiscriminately affect anyone regardless of age or fitness. The summit has about 40% less oxygen than at sea level, thus breathing is more difficult. Your pulse rate will increase and movement will be more laborious at the summit. The high elevation with its risk of altitude sickness, weather concerns, steep road grade, and overall inaccessibility make the travel dangerous and difficult.
Pic: Charlie Thompson

 

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