Peerless Mountain
South Slopes
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Difficulty:
 Class 1 
Trailhead:Fourmile Creek
Start:11,600 feet
Summit:13,348 feet
Total Gain:1,750 feet
RT Length:6.5 miles
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Updated:1/2015
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:14 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

Peerless Mountain is often climbed along with Horseshoe Mountain but if you're looking for an easy hike or are returning to summit only Peerless, this is the easiest 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. 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 Mountain 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 right (north) to see the brief, remaining route up Peerless - 8 and 9. Walk over to Peerless' south ridge and follow a rocky trail to the summit - 10, 11, 12 and 13. Done.

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