Peru Creek Trail – Dillon Colorado

Distance: 14 miles
Rating: Moderate – More Difficult
Time: 3 – 4 Hours
Elevation: 10,000 – 12,120 ft.
Type: Out & Back, Dirt road
Season: Mid June – Early October
GPS Coords: 39.592/-105.871

Before You Go:

This area contains a lot of private land; so observe and respect all “NO TRESPASSING” signs. The last stretch is above timberline; the weather Peru Creek Trail changes quite rapidly.

There will be a lot of motorized vehicles; including Jeeps and ATV’s. There are a few fragile historic buildings they are on private land. Only View them from a distance.

How to Get There:

From I-70 head east on Hwy 6, passing through Keystone. Turn Right onto Montezuma Road and drive 4.5 miles. After crossing the Snake River, turn left and park at the PERU CREEK Trail head.

Ride Details:

Ride up Peru Creek Road. Cross Peru Creek and climb gradually up the left side of the valley. Pass a private residence and then the Lenawee Trail at 1.6 miles. Drop into a meadow and pass a fork on the right. Shortly after, on the left, the spur for Chihuahua Gulch appears at 2.2 miles. A steep creekside climb brings you to the timberline and into a large hillside meadow. A spur on the right leads to the crumbling Pennsylvania Mine. Continue on the main road and curve left passing the Shoe Basin Mine at mile marker 5. Beyond this point the road gets steeper and rougher, changing to the more difficult rating. Ascend past several spurs, including a fork to the right the Argentine Pass Trail. The main route remains obvious as it climbs steeply, switchbacks left and reaches a junction near the head of the basin. The the left fork and continue for another mile to a amazing pond. The road dead ends nearby at a miner’s shack. You have reached your destination. Take in the breath taking views and return the way you came.

peru creek trail shack By BOB BERWYN

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