Peak:  Fairview Peak A (13er)
 Route:  Shaw Ridge / 426 & 427
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  TakeMeToYourSummit
 Date of Info:  07/19/2020
 Date Posted:  07/21/2020
 Details

All the info I could find focuses on other approaches to this 13er. I figured a bit of beta on the 752 road approach would be good! From the Taylor Park area start up the 752 road near the southeast corner of the res. There are many junctions but its usually obvious how to stay on the main road (PIC1). The road slowly gets a bit rougher as you approach the Union Park Cow Camp (there is a gate to open & close just past the buildings). Turn left on the continuation of the 752. The terrain varies from smooth dirt to rocky to baby heads as you work your way up the road. Cameron Creek has options - I only tried the one directly in the water (PIC2, looking back). As you near the TH one last steep rock obstacle confronts you (PIC3). I went right in the pic (with less smooth results on my return the next day, more center). An option to the left was also available - I did not see that full road or its difficulties though. Past most the major hurdles the TH will be in sight fairly quick.

The route I took had around 10 miles (RT) and 3800 to 4000 vertical gain for the hike. The trail starts along Lottis Creek & is rather mellow (you earn it later). A few miles in you will hit the switchbacks (2, right then left). A bit more hiking will get you to a flatter meadow just shy of 11,600' (PIC4). There is a pond here - but I was unable to see it clearly until I returned from the other direction. This is where I left the standard trail to gain Shaw Ridge - exiting the meadow to the east. I quickly found another clearing with a bit of 2+ terrain towards Shaw (PIC5). Continuing along the ridge (barbwire is here - as cattle control, this side of the mountain is fully in a recreational area) - you will soon see treeline & 12,702 (PIC6). The east side of 12,702 offers a bit of scrambling if you are inclined (PIC7). After hiking several hundred more vertical feet the summit of Fairview will present itself (PIC8). East ridge beta (PIC9) & south ridge beta (PIC10). This fire watch is very unique for our high mountains & is open to climb ladders to the top floor (PIC11)! On my return I aimed for the path of least resistance - solid rock, snow, & really whatever would work (PIC12)! Eventually I tied into the 426 trail & made a right onto the 427 trail (PIC13). There was some uphill through this area. Shortly before the pond you will "top out" at this sloped cattle guard (PIC14). Continue straight (the loop will be closed, hopefully you will recognize your route from the morning) and enjoy your remaining hike (PIC15) back to the TH. Feel free to message me with questions regarding this route. Safe travels!



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