Peru Creek

Montezuma, Colorado (Summit County)

Last Updated: 08/11/2019
4.5 /5 ( 2 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 (0.00 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 (9)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
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:
Rating:
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

Trint Ladd

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Trint grew up riding dirt bikes in the creek beds of the Texas Panhandle. While attending college in Colorado in the late 1990's, he saw a magazine article about a Ford Explorer four-wheeling club. He never saw his Explorer as an adventure vehicle before, but quickly joined up and caught the bug. With his engineering background, Trint has always respected the factory design of a good truck (and recognized when manufacturers put cheap parts into something marketed for off road use). "A good driver, with a well built, stock truck can do trails that would break a $50k, built-up rig with an inexperienced driver." He put that 1st gen Explorer though hell and it always held up, earning great respect from the "big dawgs" in the club. (And earning the nickname, "The Idiot Stocker.") The truck was christened "BamBam" because of the frequent sounds ringing out from the factory skid plates. Now that Trint is "grown-up" (quotation marks intentional), he's a bit less inclined to dent up his pretty Toyota Tacoma, but still feels the same way about superior engineering. Trint's love for the mountains was ingrained at a very early age. 8mm film exists of 18-month-old Trint in a backpack on his dad's back while riding dirt bikes through the mountains of Red River, NM. Although Trint does enjoy a good, tough, technical rock trail, he can often be found on easier, winding, Alpine roads just taking the glory of God's country.
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