Horseshoe Mountain
East Slopes
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Difficulty:
 Class 1 
Trailhead:Fourmile Creek
Start:11,600 feet
Summit:13,898 feet
Total Gain:2,300 feet
RT Length:8.0 miles
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Updated:1/2015
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:79 reports
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? (WINTER) HOLD ON! If you don't have much high-elevation, winter climbing experience, be careful in your planning and take a partner. All 14er routes are more difficult and more dangerous in winter.

Trailhead

From Fairplay, drive just over a mile south on U.S. 285 and turn right onto County Road 18. Drive 10 miles to a large parking area at 11,250'. This is the Leavick site. There is a large mine building on the right before the parking area. The road starts to get rough after this point but passenger cars can slowly drive another 1.5 miles before the road gets harsh. There are a couple of small pull-offs between 11,700' and 11,900' and more parking before a gate near 12,000'. The gate is usually closed. In winter, the road is usually plowed only to 11,100' which is one mile below the Leavick site.

Route

This simple hike follows a 4wd road and subsequent trail all the way to Horseshoe's summit. While driving up the Fourmile Creek road, locate a 4wd road on the left, near 11,600' and approx. 0.75 mile past the Leavick site. The 4wd road climbs all the way to 13,200'. Park here (2wd) or drive 0.5 mile up the 4wd road to locate a small parking area on a corner - 1. Walk up the road ( 2) and Horseshoe comes into view near 12,000' - 3. Pass some mine ruins near 12,600' ( 4) and zigzag west to the end of the road at the Horseshoe-Peerless saddle - 5, 6 and 7.

From the 13,200-foot saddle, turn south to see the remaining route up Horseshoe - 8. Walk past some mine prospect holes and locate a trail leading up Horseshoe's northeast ridge - 9. Hike approx. 800' of elevation up the ridge ( 10 and 11) to reach the summit - 12 and 13. On your descent, you can add 13,348-foot Peerless Mountain by hiking a short distance north from the Horseshoe-Peerless saddle - 14 and 15. It's less than 200' of elevation gain, Class 2 and provides good views of 14er Mt. Sherman and surrounding 13ers - 16.

Notes

The Fourmile Creek winter closure is approx. 1.75 miles below the turn-off for the 4wd road to Horseshoe.
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