Peak:  Fairview Peak A (13er)
 Route:  South Face
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  sdkeil
 Date of Info:  11/08/2015
 Date Posted:  11/12/2015
 Details

Climbed the South Face route of Fairview Peak via the Gold Creek Campground. We drove an Xterra to the trailhead with no problem, but it probably could be done in an all-wheel drive car (there is one deep mud puddle that might need to be avoided). There was minimal snow and ice on the road.

From the campground we set out on foot and roughly followed FS RD 771 2G until it made a sharp switch back to the north. The road disappeared at this point, so we did ascended onto the ridge above New Dollar Gulch (S side). We traveled east until we could reach the SE flanks of Terrible mountain and jumped on an old mining road, which dumped us off near the top of Terrible mountain. From Terrible mountain the route is pretty obvious up the South face of Fairview Peak. On the descent we dropped into the drainage west of the Terrible mountain / Fairview Peak saddle and followed it until we found the 4WD road and followed this back to the TH.

Stats: 11.5 miles and 3,300 ft.

Snow was unconsolidated powder that was shin deep in some places below treeline and above treeline it ranged from patchy snow to a few areas of windpacked powder that was knee deep. No floatation or traction was needed.




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