"Drift Peak"
Northwest Ridge
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Difficulty:
 Class 2 
Trailhead:Mayflower Gulch
Start:11,500 feet
Summit:13,900 feet
Total Gain:2,500 feet
RT Length:4.00 miles
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Updated:1/2022
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:37 reports
Cell Signal:1 report
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Trailhead

Exit I-70 at Copper and follow CO 91 south for approximately 6 miles (or 4 miles north of Fremont Pass)to a large dirt parking area on the east side of the road. If you have 4WD and clearance you can drive up the valley for 1.4 miles to the ruins of the Boston Mine where you'll find parking for a small number of vehicles.

Route

This is the standard route and easiest way to hike Drift. From the paved, 2wd trailhead hike or drive (good-clearance Awd/4wd) 1.4 miles up Mayflower Gulch road to reach the Boston Mine area, at 11,500'. Park on the side of the road or in one of the pull-offs near the gate, just below the mine. Instead of heading left toward the mine area, start up the old, closed road on the right - 1. After a short distance you'll exit the trees to see Drift and much of the upper route - 2. Continue southwest on the road as it climbs toward the lower, northwest ridge - 3, 4 and 5. When the road hits the ridge, leave it, turn left and hike south up the ridge to a flat spot, near 12,060' - 6.

Walk over to the first bump on the ridge ( 7) and locate a trail which zig zags up through the rocks - 8. Follow the trail until it runs out in the middle of the loose slope and then carefully ascend loose rock and/or dirt to reach the ridge crest - 9. Continue along the narrow ridge ( 10) to reach another prominent point and look for a faint trail which ascends the right side to re-gain the ridge - 11. Continue along the ridge crest - 12 and 13. Once you're past the ridge bumps, the remaining route is obvious - 14.

Near 12,900', reach a strip of rust-colored rock and adjoining prospect hole - 15 and 16. From here, the remaining route is steeper and you'll find some loose rock. Continue along the ridge crest ( 17) where you might find some brief trail sections - 18. 19 looks down the ridge from approx. 13,400'. Staying on or just left of the ridge crest ( 20), keep climbing to reach a point of dark rock, near 13,500' - 21. Bypass the point on the left (Class 2) or scramble over the top (Class 3) and continue up a strip a white rock ( 22) to reach the summit - 23.

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