Pennsylvania Mountain Trailhead


Range: Mosquito Range
Coordinates: 39.24868, -106.10772
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Road Difficulty

2WD, easy dirt road 1   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)

Driving Directions

From Fairplay, drive ~2 miles north on Highway 9 and turn west onto county road (CR) 14. Drive nearly 5 miles on CR 14 and turn right onto CR 14A. Drive east up a hill for less than one mile to reach Mountain View Drive. Turn left and drive over 1.5 miles to the end of Mountain View.

Winter Access

Since there are private homes high on Mountain View Drive, it's usually plowed to the end.
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Posted By: Barbaudin
Info: Mountain View Rd is plowed to the end. Parking is muddy and snowy. Room for 5 cars or so.
Follow CR14 to CR14A to Mountain View Rd. The dirt road has a few patchy wet areas, avoidable ice, and is wide. Good condition for any car.
Pika TH parking is not plowed, and is inaccessible.
Posted By: mdavenport2
Info: Accurate directions to the Pika Trail TH:
From Fairplay head north on Highway 9 for ~1.8 miles.
Turn left on CR14 and go 4.7 miles.
Turn right on CR14A and go .8 mile.
Turn left on Mountain View and go 1.2 miles.
Turn right on the second Prunes Place (yes there are two streets with the same name) and go .6 mile.
Turn right at the Hermit sign and go .1 mile to the small trailhead parking area.
Posted By: Chelsea
Info: Long & bumpy, but totally dry. Any 2wd should be able to make it.
Posted By: ryannadire
Info: Google Maps has you take CR 14 to Lakeside Drive, Venture Drive, then Mountain View Drive. It’s much faster and a much smoother road if you stay on CR 14 to CR 14-A which turns into Mountain View Drive. There can be some ice on the last 500 feet before the trailhead but it’s all plowed and 2wd accessible.
Posted By: Dad Mike
Info: I was able to get about 1/2 mile from the end of Sacramento Creek Road (CR 14). There is a good track from here into the basin and some old snowmobile tracks that go all the way to the summit of Evans B.
Posted By: Chicago Transplant
Info: Plowed, I parked at the Pika Trailhead which is off of Prunes Ct. Turn right at the second entrance for Prunes Ct off of Mountain View to access. At a hairpin below the turnoff for Hermit Ct is the trailhead. The trailhead is public, Mountain Area Land Trust land, and is addressed as 858 Prunes Court. Small parking area was blocked by the plow debris and the hairpin was collecting some wind drifted snow that was grippy going uphill. I parked on the side of the road just below the trailhead.
Posted By: seasweve
Info: I didn’t go to the Pika trailhead, but went to the trailhead at the end of Mountain View Drive. Take Sacramento Creek Road to CR 14 to CR14A to Mountain View Drive. Google thought it was a good idea to send me another way on a rough road through the neighborhood. There is a good parking area at the end of Mtn View Dr, but not much in the way of signage. From the parking area, take the trail to the northwest. About .1 miles there’s a fork that is easy to miss. Take the left fork, which is a nice trail to timberline. (The right fork connects to Pika Trail, which is ascending from Prunes Ct, but I’m not sure where it goes after that.) Above timberline there are a few cairns, but not too many markings on the last part of the ascent. Simply continue up the ridge in front of you to the large cairn at the summit.
Posted By: seoulman
Info: No problem accessing the Pika trailhead with any car but there’s plenty of snow all the way to the peak. It seems like 11,500 is about where the snow starts in earnest. I cross country skied it. If anyone else tries this challenge my trail blazed tracks are out there.
Posted By: glenmiz
Info: Drove to the trailhead today in my low clearance WRX. Plowed all the way; a few soft spots and narrow in a few places but very accessible.
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Road was plowed to the end

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