Peru Creek

Montezuma, Colorado (Summit County)

Last Updated: 11/13/2020
4.3 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: 05/20 - 11/23
Length: 4.9 miles
Highest Elevation: 11150 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Montezuma
Nearest Town w/ Services: Keystone
Official Road Name: 260
Management Agency: White River National Forest
District: Dillon Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Peru Creek
Peru Creek is an easy dirt road that travels up from the Snake River to the Horseshoe Basin. It provides access to some of Summit County's rich mining history. Several 4WD trails of varying difficulty spur off of Peru Creek. The northeastern end of the trail is closed to motor vehicles, but can be hiked all way up to Argentine Pass or Grays Peak (elev. 14,270).

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Route Information

Technical Rating:
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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Just off Montezuma Road, the trailhead has a large parking area and a seasonal gate.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.592259, -105.871077

Starting Point: Keystone

From US 6 at Keystone, take CR 5, Montezuma Road, east for 4.3 miles. Immediately after a bridge, pull into the parking area on the left. This is the Peru Creek trailhead.

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Trail Reviews (16)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
These trails are now reopened and the forest closure has cleared. Trails may be impassable due to snowfall.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (Oct. 20, 2020) – Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions, the USDA Forest Service’s Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests is announcing a temporary closure of all National Forest land in Clear Creek, Jefferson, Gilpin, Boulder, and Larimer counties, effective at midnight tonight (closure begins at 00:01 Oct. 21). This decision will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change.

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Status: Open
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This is a crazy easy trail to get to other trails off of Peru Creek. A civic could go down Peru Creek. I know because there was a Civic at the hiking trailhead at the end of the trail :)We did Cinnamon Gulch and Chihuahua Gulch.

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Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Easy trail with great views of some old ghost mines. A lot of campers and bikers on the way.

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Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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Easy and very beautiful. Peru Creek looks amazing, but turns out is one of the most polluted water ways in Colorado. Awesome views of Horseshoe Basin and amazing old mine/mill structures. You can drive all the way up to Pennsylvania Mine.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Easy “off-road” trail, but VERY heavily trafficked with inexperienced drivers. The scenery was nice and the Pennsylvania Mine was fun to explore, but with all the traffic and people who didn’t know proper off roading courtesy or safety, it made for a slightly less fun experience... One person in a literal full sized “bus” RV decided to come up the trail and got upset with me when we met up because he barely had any room to pass even when I pulled over at a pull-off point to let them pass. I had another person come speeding down around a blind curve and almost ran into me, then proceeded to ride my front bumper as I was backing up to get to a spot wide enough to let them pass. Please remember to have common courtesy and proper safety habits when on these trails.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
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Peru Creek is blocked by a 3-4 foot snow drift between Chihuahua Gulch and Cinnamon Gulch, The trail is VERY busy with campers and hikers.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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Not at all a technical trail, it's very pretty and we went all the way out to the gate and back. The avalanche damage is impressive and a little scary. Most of these trees didn't break, they were just uprooted. Well worth the trip and it will be interesting to see what the downed trees do to the area as they settle in.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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Peru Creek is clear and open. The USFS has done a spectacular job clearing huge avalanche debris and resurfacing the road in several places. The avalanche remnants are staggering!! Several 50-yard swaths. Massive trees snapped like twigs. Even now, there's 8 feet of snow in one spot just off the trail. Sadly, an avalanche obliterated the Maid of Orleans. There is nothing left but an ore cart perched on the debris pile.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Today at 2:30, the BLM ranger opened the trail! Excel energy and the chainsaw crews had finished clearing the trails. First on the trail this summer! Lol. Good, easy trail. Went to the very end without any issues. This could have been done in any simple SUV. It was a nice trip.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
Today (7/2/2019) I talked to the Dillon Ranger District. Peru Creek is still gated. They hope to open the gate sometime this week, but even then, Peru Creek will only be open to Chihuahua Gulch. Anything beyond that will be closed until the FS guys can get up there and assess the trails.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
According to the Dillon Ranger District, Peru Creek is now open and dry.

Author:
Status: Closed
Offroaded on:
The seasonal gate is still closed. We saw some people who just finished hiking it and they said there are still massive snow drifts up at the top. I would give this trail another month before it opens.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Ran this while mapping nearby trails. The trail is open all the way through and the scenery is great right now with the flowers. The creek is also high and rushing. A gorgeous day on the trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
The seasonal gate is still closed. The road looks muddy, but passable at the gate. I flew my drone down the trail a bit. Just after the first bend, the trail is clearly snow covered. I expect it will be another couple of weeks before it's clear through.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
This was a super easy trail. Beautiful Scenery and we hiked the end of the trail where they closed it off for vehicles. This trail was easy enough that I never had to put my truck into 4 wheel drive.

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: Any chance Peru is open past Chihuahua? Have you heard from the DRD as of 7/9/2019? Thanks!
–Brock Ramsey (07/09/2019)
–Trint Ladd (07/09/2019)
Q: How are the conditions on Peru? We'll be there in two weeks from Texas, but have been following the snow conditions all winter/spring and are trying to prepare for lots of snow and avalanche debris blocking trails. We know it's gonna be slim pickens this year. Any info would be great! Thanks in advance :)
–Shawna (06/30/2019)
–Trint Ladd (07/02/2019)

Writer Information

JD Marshall

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Jen & JD moved to Colorado from Chicago in May of 2015 for work and brought with them a 2001 stock Jeep Wrangler that had been garage bound for two years. Within a month of arrival, all rusty 170,000 miles of it was shaking on Colorado trails and they've never stopped. As time as gone on, their 2001 TJ had to be traded and a 2015 Jeep JK has been added to the family. JD works as a Systems Engineer for a cable company and Jen runs a business from their home during the week to pay the bills. When the weekend hits, they're almost always hitting the trail. When Sunday night rolls around, the question turns to, 'so what's next week?!'.
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