Summit County, Colorado
White River National Forest
Dillon Ranger District
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This is one of three trails that spur off of the Peru Creek trail. It is the first one you come to, followed by Chihuahua Gulch and Cinnamon Gulch.
It starts with a wide area perfect for parking, followed immediately by a small crossing through Peru Creek. There is another wide area and another creek crossing just after the first creek crossing. The second crossing is wider and a bit deeper, though neither crossing should be particularly deep.
Just past the second creek crossing is another wide area perfect for lunch. The trail turns east and parallels Peru Creek for a bit, passing under the power lines. Then it turns south to head into the gulch.
The trail is bumpy as it climbs through pine trees, providing a fun hill climb that continues for quite awhile. There are some fantastic views of the mountains around you, including Collier Mountain, Morgan Peak and Brittle Silver Mountain.
You wind your way up through the trees, and soon you clear timberline. The trail ends at the Allam Emory Mine. It is interesting to note that the Santa Fe Peak trail is immediately over the other side of the ridge you are on. You can park in the flat area below the mines and then walk up to the mine if you wish to explore, or a vehicle or two can park at the mine.
The trail ends here, so you must return the way you came and head back to the Peru Creek trail.
Information last updated on September 15th, 2009.
Member ReportsSeptember 12, 2009: ran by Bob R., Bob S., Gary, Ladd,Monica, Roger and WaltNovember 3, 2007: ran by Bill S., Don, Matt K., Michael andMike S.
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 the Peru Creek trail for two miles when you see the Warden Gulch trailhead on the right, marked with a sign.
Meet at the Starbucks next to the gas station at Downieville, exit 234 off of I-70.Low-End Rating:3High-End Rating:3Rock Crawling: