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Mountain Biking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Leadville Ranger District

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Peekaboo Gulch Road

Beginning Elevation: 10,960 Feet (3416.5 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult rough road
Elevation Gain: 630 Feet (196.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,600 Feet (3616.0 Meters)
Length, One-way: 2.3 Miles (3.83 Kilometers)
Road Number: Forest Road 393

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General Description

Peekaboo Gulch (Forest Road 393) is a 2.3 mile extension from the South Fork Lake Creek Road (Forest Road 391). It begins at South Fork Lake Creek Road 4.6 mile southwest of Hwy. 82 and ends just below Red Mountain. The road is rough and winds up into an alpine valley.

Directions from Twin Lakes: Travel 8 miles west of Twin Lakes Village on Highway 82 to South Fork Lake Creek Road. This is Forest Road 391 and will be on the left or south side of the highway. Follow this 4WD road 4.6 miles to Forest Road 393 on the right side of South Fork Lake Creek Road. This is Peakaboo Road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through October (NOTE: Snow and muc may obstruct the road during the Winter and Spring months.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Dave (Golden, CO)
Time of Day: Afternoon
Length of Time: 45 minutes from the South Fork parking lot in 4x4
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is one of the most spectacular alpine valleys I have seen. At the top of the valley is Red Mountain, a hydrothermally altered volcanic breccia. The contrast between the bright reds of the mountain and the green alpine vegetation is amazing. Best photo ops are mid morning when the light is from the east. Peekaboo Ck. is also red and orange from natural acidic water and iron precipitates. A few prospector cabins are found along valley. A colorful iron stained cascade/waterfall is near the middle of the valley and worth a visit. A small adit is accessible at the end of the road but has a few widowmakers (hanging boulders) at the portal. It is probably safer to pick through the ore on the dump than to enter. Wildflowers are currently in full bloom and the valley is unusually green due to daily showers and rain. Visit soon as the snows are just a few weeks away!
Conditions: Good access via a moderate 4x4 road. Requires truck or SUV clearance due to water diversion berms. One shallow ford near the top of the valley. If hiking, watch for weather changes, T-storms pop over the divide with little warning! Check the NFS road numbers and your map - a premature turn will put you in McNasser Gulch.
Water Availability: None. Stream water in this valley drains naturally mineralized ridges. It is sour and loaded with metals - it can not be purified!

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Peakaboo Gulch Road
ICON Horseback Riding Peekaboo Road - Forest Road 393
ICON Mountain Biking Peekaboo Road - Forest Road 393
ICON ATV Riding Peekaboo Road - Forest Road 393
ICON Motorcycle Riding Peekaboo Road - Forest Road 393

Related Activities
McNassar Gulch - McNassar Gulch Road (Forest Road 394) begins on South Fork Lake Creek Road 3.3 miles southwest of Highway 82. It ends after 1.5 miles at a gate to a private road.

Sayers Gulch Road - Sayres Gulch (Forest Road 382) is 2.1 miles in length and begins at South Fork Lake Creek Road (Forest Road 391) 2.7 miles southwest of Highway 82.

South Fork Clear Creek Trail - This easy family hike gently climbs through both forest and open meadows with magnificent views of the Three Apostles.

South Fork Lake Creek Road - South Fork Lake Creek (Forest Road 391) begins at Highway 82 about 8 miles west of Twin Lakes Village and ends at the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness boundary.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Greater Leadville Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 861 , Leadville, CO, 80461, Phone: 719-486-3900, Fax: 719-486-8478, leadville@sni.net


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