Summit County, Colorado
White River National Forest
Dillon Ranger District
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This is the most challenging trail spur off of Peru Creek, and it also has some amazing scenery. It is maintained by a local 4-wheeling club, so it is also in great shape. It also features a long hiking trail at the end.
It starts two miles down Peru Creek at a well-marked sign to the left. There is a small parking area at the trailhead, though there is not enough room for a truck and trailer here.
It immediately starts uphill in a rocky section. The trail remains a little rocky all the way through, for the most part, though there is a short section where it is fairly smooth dirt. There are sections where you can choose different lines through the small- to medium-sized rocks.
At about 0.6 miles in the trail turns to the left and dips down to cross Peru Creek. Then it turns right and goes uphill again. At this point the trail becomes a bit more rocky and challenging.
At 0.8 miles you will be on the edge of a marshy area that fills the gulch. The trail goes through the very edge of the wet marsh, so there will probably be a bit of mud here. Stay on the trail and do not go any further into the marsh. Take care in this section and remember that damage to wetlands heals very slowly. If this area is damaged the trail could be closed.
It is very scenic here as you climb over a rocky ridge. The rocks here could be very challenging for a 4x4 vehicle if it does not have enough clearance. If it is wet it could be even more challenging.
There is a jarring section of trail that is being saved by a collection of logs that form a sort of bridge through it. Stay on the logs and do not go into the muddy area next to them.
There are two areas that could be confusing, but brown forest service signs have been placed there. Follow the arrows on the signs.
Soon the trail simply ends and vehicles cannot travel any further. The rest of the trail is for hiking only. There is a bit of room to turn around, but it is not a parking area by any means.
Go back out the way you came in.
Information last updated on October 1st, 2012.
Member ReportsSeptember 12, 2009: ran by Bob S., Gary, Ladd, Monica,Roger and WaltNovember 3, 2007: ran by Bill S., Don, Matt K., Michael andMike S.September 16, 2006: ran by Cheryl, Dane, Gary, Michael,Mike S., Monica, Roger and Walt
From Denver, take I-70 to the exit for Highway 6 (Loveland Pass) just before the Eisenhower Tunnel. When you get to Keystone, follow signs to Montezuma Road. The trailhead for Peru Creek is on the left, 4.5 miles up Montezuma Road. Follow this trail a little over two miles in until you see the sign and trailhead for Chihuahua Gulch on the left.
Meet at the Starbucks next to the gas station at Downieville, exit 234 off of I-70.Low-End Rating:4High-End Rating:5Rock Crawling: