Peak(s):  Silverheels, Mt  -  13,822 feet
Date Posted:  07/06/2017
Date Climbed:   07/04/2017
Author:  James Dziezynski
 Silverheels Easiest Line via FS659 (Northwest Slopes > West Ridge)   

I wrote up my full Mount Silverheels trip on my blog. I wanted to check out FS 659 and figure out the directions and quality of the 4x4 road. The good news: it's an easy-to-follow road that's fine for most stock SUVs and even CRVs, Rav4s, etc. The bad news is that the forest service roads are not accurate in Google Maps and there's a campground (the Beaver Campground) that is listed on many maps that is simply a dispersed camping pull-off. In a very basic sense, the directions are easy: Co 9 in Fairplay >4th Street >follow National Forest access signs along Beaver Lane > through cattle gate > up FS 659 until it ends.

Here are a few preview photos!

Our high camp at 12,040 along FS659.

The summit wind shelter.

On the descent.

Great views!

Map of the route.

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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Comments or Questions

wife saw this report
07/10/2017 11:59
and thought she would like to hike to Silverheels

I summited Silverheels some years ago, but this would be good for a closer drive and camp with her


James Dziezynski

A Nice Route
07/10/2017 13:02
I agree, this is a nice route for a more casual hike that still feels like a big mountain (because it is!). Let me know if you have any questions. The driving may seem tricky but it's pretty straightforward when you get there. Cheers!

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