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Sheep Rock Mountain (Peak 13255 ft)

Sheep Rock Mountain (Peak 13255 ft)

Sheep Rock Mountain (Peak 13255 ft)

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.95417°N / 106.497°W

Object Title: Sheep Rock Mountain (Peak 13255 ft)

County: Chaffee

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Summer

Elevation: 13255 ft / 4040 m


Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Sep 10, 2011 / Jan 16, 2015

Object ID: 745124

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East face of Sheep Rock Mountain

SE Face of Sheep Rock Mountain
Note about name: This peak is officially unnamed. Some maps refer to it as “Sheep Rock Mountain”.

Sheep Rock Mountain rises in the upper parts of the Clear Creek Valley in the Sawatch Mountains of central Colorado near the 14er Huron Peak. Sheep Rock is the highest point of a ridgeline that separates the North Fork of Clear Creek from the South Fork. To the north of Sheep Rock Mountain, the ridgeline gives rise to 3 more 13ers. These include: West Virginia Peak 13140 ft, Virginia Peak 13088 ft and Winfield Peak 13077 ft. To the south of Sheep Rock, the ridgeline connects to unnamed Peak 13235 ft.

An abandoned 4WD road that is now (as of 2011) overgrown with bushes and small trees, starts near the Huron Peak trailhead and goes up the slopes of Virginia Peak to a nonspecific spot at an elevation of 11250 ft. From the end of the road, you will have to find your own way above tree-line to reach a beautiful basin surrounded by Sheep Rock, West Virginia and Virginia Peaks. You can then hike up the northeastern slopes of Sheep Rock to access its summit.

East face of Sheep Rock Mountain


Clear Creek Valley:

The Three Apostles
Ice Mtn. & Apostles
Looking north/Ervin Peak
Ervin Peak
Crossing Clear Creek
Granite Mtn & Clear Creek

Overgrown Rd./Hiking toward tree-line:

Overgrown 4WD Road
Overgrown Road
Going Above Treeline
Going above treeline

Near tree-line:

Sheep Rock Mountain
Granite Mountain
Granite Mountain
Sheep Rock Mountain

Alpine Basin:

Sheep Rock
Virginia Peak
Sheep Rock Mountain
West Virginia Peak
West Virginia
Peak 13253 ft
Peak 13253 ft
Huron Peak
Huron Peak

Slopes of Sheep Rock Mtn.:

Below Summit
Below Summit
Below Summit
Below Summit

Views from the summit:

Grizzly Peak & Red Mountain
Grizzly Peak/NW
Jenkins Mountain
Jenkins Mountain/W
Grizzly Peak
Grizzly Peak/SW
Peak 13235 ft
Peak 13235 ft/S
Peak 13253 ft
Peak 13253 ft/S-SE
Three Apostles & Granite Mountain
Huron Peak
Huron Peak/E
La Plata/West Virginia
La Plata/N
Virginia/Mt. Hope

Getting There

The trailhead for Sheep Rock Mountain is the same as the trailhead for Huron Peak. From Buena Vista, drive 15 mile north (or 19 miles south from Leadville) to Clear Creek Reservoir Road (County Road 390). Drive Clear Creek Reservoir Road 11.7 miles to reach the ghost town of Winfield (this is a dirt road passable by most/any car). In Winfield, turn left and cross the bridge to reach a parking area. You might see signs for Huron Peak Trail. If you have 4WD, you can drive another 2 miles to the end of the road


Red Tape

No fees or permits for day hikes. For other regulations, see the site for San Isabel National Forest.

Weather Forecast

See the forecast for the nearby town of Buena Vista.