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Sheep Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.19360°N / 106.112°W

Object Title: Sheep Mountain

County: Park County

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 12818 ft / 3907 m


Page By: Sarah Simon

Created/Edited: Jun 12, 2008 / Jun 21, 2011

Object ID: 412194

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Almost There - Nearing the Summit of Sheep Mountain F
Nearing the summit of Sheep Mountain. on the Southeast Ridge.
Ten miles as the crow flies west-southwest from the heart of Fairplay rests Sheep Mountain. Accessible on all sides by graded roads, 4x4 Forest Service roads and trails, Sheep Mountain remains surprisingly quiet and alone. Providing tremendous and varied views in all directions, solitude on this mountain is maintained likely because there is no trail to the summit and it’s “only” a high 12er.

Views from the summit of 12,818 ft. Sheep Mountain include (clockwise from the north):

Colorado Rank: 771st highest mountain in CO
Colorado 12ers Rank: 134th highest 12er in CO
Mountain Range: Tenmile-Mosquito
Prominence: Approximately 760 ft.
USGS Quad: Fairplay West
Trails Illustrated Map: #110

Getting There & Route Overview

RouteApproximate MileageApproximate Elevation GainSeasonal NoteDriving Directions
Southeast Ridge8.5 miles roundtrip2,590 ft.Southern exposure makes this a good option for the shoulder seasonHwy 285 to Rt 658 (north of Weston Pass Road). Follow signs to Browns Pass.
Fourmile Creek6.5 miles roundtrip2,200 ft.Northern exposure makes this a good option for hot summer daysHwy 285 to Rt 18 (Fourmile Road) to the Horseshoe Campground.

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Red Tape, Restrictions, Etc.

Ghost trio reaching for the sky
Trio of ghost trees reaches for the sky on the southeast ridge.
07 June 08

Few formal restrictions apply to this area as it lies outside of federally-designated wilderness. Follow LNT (Leave No Trace) principals and be courteous of other recreationalists. The map suggests the existence of privately-owned mining claims on Sheep Mountain. The summit proper sits on public property. It is possible to summit this mountain without setting foot on a private mining claim. That being said, none of the private holdings are posted.

Camping & Lodging

Just a few more steps
Just a few more feet to go to the summit of Sheep Mountain.
Route: Southeast Ridge.
07 June 08
Looking up at the false summit and summit of Sheep Mountain F
Gazing up a the false summit (foreground) and summit of Sheep Mountain. from approximately 12,000 ft. Only 800 feet to go!
07 June 08

Fourmile Creek Route
The US Forest Service operates two campsites along Fourmile Road: Horseshoe Campsite and Fourmile Campsite.

Southeast Ridge Route
Limited water is available on Browns Pass Road shortly after the ascent begins at about 10,500 ft. If camping above this point, plan on either hauling plenty of water or dry-camping.

Fairplay Hotels
Several hotels are available in the nearby town of Fairply, approximately 8 miles north of this area on Hwy 285.

Weather & Seasons

Sheep Mountain can be a year-round hike for those interested. The mileage of a winter outing greatly depends on how far west the approach roads are plowed. The Fourmile Creek route would likely be uninviting in snow season due to avalanche threat on the steep, ribbed slopes. The Southeast Ridge route could be used in snow season to gain the summit under the right conditions by an experienced party.

Zone Forecast for Fairplay, CO

External Links

Pike & San Isabel National Forests
South Park Ranger District campground Information
Pike National Forest Recreation Map
Buffalo Peaks through the Ghost Forest
East Buffalo Peak (13,300 ft.) and West Buffalo Peak (13,326 ft.)
to the south through a ghost forest on the southeast ridge of Sheep Mountain.
07 June 08


Buffalo Peaks through the Ghost ForestHorseshoe Mountain from just below the summit of Sheep Mountain FSheep Mountain F from the Fourmile ValleyWestward from the southeast ridge of Sheep Mountain FGhost trio reaching for the skyLooking south-southeast down the summit ridgeLooking up at the false summit and summit of Sheep Mountain F
Just a few more stepsLooking through a ghost forest toward Sheep RidgeSheep Mountain from the SoutheastBuffalo Peaks from summit, Sheep Park in low foregroundAlmost There - Nearing the Summit of Sheep Mountain F12/20/05: During our descent,...Sheep Mtn
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