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A remote and quintessential set of high alpine lakes right beneath the feature of Scarp Ridge.


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15.8

Miles

25.5

KM

Out and Back

11,002' 3,354 m

High

8,938' 2,724 m

Low

3,227' 984 m

Up

3,228' 984 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

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Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Fishing · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Parking at the Gunsight Bridge is a long ways from the final destination, however if you choose to drive futher, you are entering high clearance, slow 4X4 access road with minimal options to turn around.

Overview

This is a long hike from the Slate River, but you are rewarded with some of the best alpine lake camping in the area. If you have a high clearance 4X4 vehicle, you can drive a ways up Gunsight Road. Keep in mind that parking along Gunsight road is adventurous and you'll want to make sure to leave room for other vehicles.

Description

Begin from the Slate River by hiking up the Gunsight road, climbing a seemingly endless series of switchbacks into Redwell Basin. You'll encounter a handful of relics from the mining days, like abandoned mine shafts, timbers and implements along the way. Once you are in Redwell Basin, look for the trail that leaves the road, bearing northwest around the steep scree escarpment.

Follow this trail, contouring northwest above the Oh Be Joyful drainage for about 2 miles. You should eventually wrap west by southwest up to your final destination. Peeler Lakes.

Make sure you make your camp at least 100' feet away from the water's edge and strongly consider using an established campsite as a "sacrifice zone" to prevent making yet another permanent impact to the landscape.

Flora & Fauna

Elk, deer, birds, marmot, pika, trout, bear. Mixed forest, raspberries, wildflowers.

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Shared By:

Andy Sovick

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View towards Scarp Ridge.
Sep 9, 2018 near Crested…, CO

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