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Sheep Mountain
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Sheep Mountain

 
Sheep Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.79310°N / 105.0547°W

Object Title: Sheep Mountain

County: Teller

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 12397 ft / 3779 m

 

Page By: Sarah Simon

Created/Edited: Sep 12, 2012 / Jan 4, 2014

Object ID: 813672

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Overview

 
Approaching Sheep Mountain
Approaching Sheep Mountain from the Southeast

Sheep Mountain is a strong, broad peak rising almost due south of Pikes Peak (14,110 feet / 4301 meters) in Teller County, Colorado. The mountain is surrounded by numerous reservoirs serving the Pikes Peak region. The scenery along the summit plateau is very reminiscent of the Lost Creek Wilderness Peaks, specifically Bison Peak (12,431 feet / 3789 meters), but a bit closer to home for residents of the Colorado Springs area.

This is a beautiful, wild peak that will leave you feeling miles away from civilization, while being relatively close to home base. The southeastern slopes and approach are characterized by an unreal ghost forest dotted by weathered outcrops of Pikes Peak granite. Despite the very common name (Sheep Mountains are absurdly numerous in Colorado), this is a very, very special place.

Rank: 1073rd highest peak in Colorado
Prominence: 567 feet
USGS Quad: Pikes Peak
Planning Maps: 1) Pikes Peak Atlas 2) Trails Illustrated #137 Pikes Peak | Cañon City

Rank & Prominence: Lists of John

Ghost Forest on the Southeastern Approach


Ghost Forest Snag (c)
 
Ghost Forest Snag (b)
 
Ghost Forest Snag (a)
 

Getting There

FS 376A leads right up to the southeast approach to Sheep Mountain


Getting There (Approximately 11,500 feet / 3505 meters)
 
Getting There (e)
 
Getting There (b)
 


Sheep Mountain can be reached either by traveling cross-country from the Pikes Peak highway or via FS 376 toward the Utilities 4-way.

•A fee is required to utilize the Pikes Peak Highway and the road is subject to seasonal closures.
•FS 376 is graded for 2-wheel drive vehicles and plowed throughout the winter (for the most part). From here, snow conditions permitting, it is possible to continue on FS 376A (after a water crossing) for a few miles with sufficient ground clearance (or a disregard for lower body damage on your truck).

FS 376A is a mostly easy Jeep trail with a few moderate sections


Getting There (d)
 
Getting There (c)
 
Getting There (a)
 



Red Tape

 
Almagre Mountain and  Almagre Mountain South
Almagre Mountain and "Almagre Mountain South"
 
Approaching Sheep Mountain
Almagre Mountain and "Almagre Mountain South"


There exists little or no red tape in this part of the National Forest, and this peak can be accessed without fees or permits. Please follow LNT (Leave No Trace) principles:

1.Plan Ahead and Prepare
2.Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3.Dispose of Waste Properly
4.Leave What You Find
5.Minimize Campfire Impacts
6.Respect Wildlife
7.Be Considerate of Other Visitors


Rock Outcrops Along the Southeast Approach


Rock outcrops along SE approach (a)
Almagre Mountain and "Almagre Mountain South"
Rock outcrops along SE approach (b)
Almagre Mountain and "Almagre Mountain South"
Rock outcrops along SE approach (c)
Almagre Mountain and "Almagre Mountain South"
Rock outcrops along SE approach (d)
Almagre Mountain and "Almagre Mountain South"

Camping & Lodging

 
On the summit
On the summit
 
Broad summit plateau
Broad summit plateau

 
Pikes Peak and upper Beaver Creek
Pikes Peak and upper Beaver Creek

 
The Summit
The summit
Car Camping
Rustic car camping and backcountry camping can be throughout the surrounding Pike National Forest. Be forewarned that the proximity of this area to the urban I-25 corridor means that crowding can be an issue, especially in the summer, and that unsavory characters are known to frequent this area. Be prepared for heavy ATV use, large crowds, drunkenness and casual firearms usage without a mind toward NRA-recommended safety precautions.

FS 376 & FS 376A: Due to private property holdings in the area as well as relatively high travel (recreation and utilities use), camping in the western approach (Beaver Creek) drainage is limited. There are spots here and there for 4x4 camping along FS 376A.

Hotels, Cabins, B&Bs
Old Colorado City
Nearby Old Colorado City has an assortment of lodging options, old and new, for all budgets. Restaurants, bakeries and shops are within strolling distance from many lodging facilities.

Manitou Springs
Manitou Springs lies at the foot of Ute Pass. This colorful, eclectic town offers a wide range of lodging options including old-style motor cottages and cabins, retro family-run motels, charming B&Bs and modern chain hotels. Shopping and dining are within walking distance of most Manitou lodging. Visit the a Manitou Springs Visitors Website for more information on lodging in the area.

Colorado Springs
The hotel options in Colorado Springs are virtually limitless. If you are the 5-star luxury type, be sure to check out The Broadmoor, which is extremely convenient to the eastern terminus of Old Stage Road.

Weather & Seasons

 
Northwest from the summit (a)
Northwest from the summit
 
Southeast along summit ridge
Southeast along summit ridge
 
Summit Cairn & Register
Summit Cairn & Register

 
Angel playing in the rocks
Angel frolicking

Detailed weather information can be found by visiting the website for the Pikes Peak Cog Railway.Sheep Mountain is certainly doable in the winter months thanks to the plowed FS 376. Keep a sharp eye on snow conditions and choose your route carefully, as Colorado snow is infamous for its instability. Summer months bring heavy Jeep & ATV traffic to the dirt roads surrounding Sheep Mountain, and Old Stage Road is crawling with teens blaring obnoxious music, drunks shooting into thin air (no, I’m not making this up) and tourists nervous about damaging their rental car on the potholes and ruts. Spring access to the summit would depend on the year’s snowpack; a heavy snowpack would mean deep drifts of soft, late-season snow lodged in the trees. This is a great mountain for a late summer / early fall visit. Though possibly cold and windy, the days are likely sunny and the tundra is ablaze in autumn color.
National Weather Service zone forecast for Pikes Peak above 11,000 feet Click for weather


Down for the count
Angel taking a nap


Boneyard Encountered on the Southeast Approach


Boneyard (c)
 
Boneyard (b)
 
Boneyard (a)
 

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