Fairview Peak

Ultimate 4wd destination: Fairview Peak

Fairview Peak is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.781m (12,404ft) above the sea level, located in Gunnison County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado.

Located in the western part of Sawatch Range of Rocky Mountains, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s called Terrible Mountain Road. Accessibility is largely limited to the summer season. It is not generally snow-free until late June or even July in some years. It’s a rough narrow road with drop-offs. Vehicular traffic is not recommended. Proceed at own risk. 4WD high clearance vehicles recommended.

Located in the Gunnison National Forest, the summit hosts an abandoned lookout built in 1911. It’s said to be the highest fire lookout in North America. Frequent lightning strikes. For your safety, be sure to check the weather forecast before you begin your trip. If there is a thunderstorm in the area, please do not visit a lookout. Spectacular views surround the lookout.
Pic: DeWitt Gibson

 

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