Peak(s):  Horseshoe Mountain  -  13,898 feet
Peerless Mountain  -  13,348 feet
Date Posted:  08/13/2020
Modified:  08/14/2020
Date Climbed:   08/11/2020
Author:  overthe59hill
 Horseshoe & Peerless 13ers   

  • Peaks: Horseshoe and Peerless Mountains
  • Route: East Slopes, Class 1
  • Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
  • Begin Hike: 9:55 AM
  • Summit Horseshoe: 12:45 PM
  • Left Horseshoe: 1:00 PM
  • Summit Peerless: 1:35 PM
  • Return to Car: 3:05 PM
  • Roundtrip: 7.09 miles

I was the only one parking at the "trailhead" spot in picture #1 of the "East Slopes" Route Description at 11,850', and was the only hiker on this weekday excursion. It was a warm start, and I soon rolled up my long sleeves. The saddle was chilly and windy. I rolled my sleeves back down, added another shirt, pulled on a neck gaiter and topped it off with a poncho. Ahh, much better. It's not a hard hike, not very steep, and very easy to follow the route along the road and up to each peak from the saddle. You pass some interesting old mining sites and mine debris. There are no large boulder fields, and the scree is manageable, but I advise trekking poles for the descent of each peak.

The road to the saddle between Horseshoe and Peerless
Horseshoe Mountain ahead
Looking back down the road
The larger Leavick pond. There are two.
An old mine site
In the windy saddle, looking at Horseshoe Mountain
Bundled up on the saddle - looking at one of the false summits of Horseshoe Mountain behind me
The trail on Horseshoe Mountain is usually easy to follow.
My dog Tippi on the summit of Horseshoe Mountain - 12:45 pm. There is a register there, but I didn't sign in.
Next destination - Peerless Mountain. It's a short jaunt up from the saddle.
The trail up Peerless is rockier than Horseshoe, but not too hard to follow. It's not bad on dog feet if they are regular hikers.
I reached the summit of Peerless Mountain at 1:35 pm. I didn't sign that register either.

We had a great day. The basin was beautiful. I decided not to add any of the neighboring peaks to my hike that day.

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