santa fe peak - 13180' - north slopes class 1
This was a fun half day late fall hike that I did with my friends Stephan and Jessica starting from as high up the Montezuma Road as the snow would allow. About 7 miles east of where US Highway 6 intersects I-70 in Dillon, the Montezuma Road continues east up the mountain valley (US 6 turns NE here). Passing the small town of Montezuma, you could drive just about to the top of this peak in summer when the snow is gone via County Road 264 which switchbacks up to the Allam Emory Mine. In November we got to about 11,200 feet before snow cover forced us to park, even with a 4WD. From there, we walked a few switchbacks to meet the north ridge of Santa Fe and followed the broad slopes to the top. Snow cover was at most a foot up high, a lot of which was windblown. Didn't get any photos, but it was a clear sunny day with views of the southern Front Range, and the Park Range.