Horseshoe Mountain
Boudoir Couloir
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Difficulty:
 Difficult Class 2 
Snow Steepness: Moderate  
Trailhead:Fourmile Creek
Start:11,600 feet
Summit:13,898 feet
Total Gain:2,350 feet
RT Length:6.0 miles
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Updated:5/2016
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

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 - 1 and 2. Park here or continue up the road if it's dry. Either way, continue 0.5 mile up this road to a point where it takes a sharp left. Continue left on the road or take a more direct line southwest ( 3) and you'll get your first view of Horseshoe, near 12,100' - 4.

Follow the road west to approx. 12,300' until you can see the small lakes just east of Horseshoe. You'll also have a nice, head-one view of Boudoir Couloir - 5. Leave the road and traverse southwest toward Boudoir and the large, horseshoe-shaped cirque - 6. Continue your southwest traverse above the lakes, ascend a large rock heap ( 7) and walk over to the base of Boudoir - 8 and 9.

Near 12,900', begin climbing the couloir - 10. As you ascend, you may notice the pitch isn't as steep as it appears during the approach but a fall here could still send you to the bottom. 11, 12 and 13 were taken in the 2/3 of the couloir. As you approach the top, the angle increases but the route is obvious - 14, 15, 16 and 17. Near 13,800', the difficulty quickly eases ( 18) just a short distance from the summit ridge. Gain the ridge ( 19), pass a small building ( 20) and walk 0.1 mile over to the summit - 21.

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