South River Peak is located in the San Juan Mountains. This relatively unknown mountain rises above the Weminuche Wilderness Area about 20 miles south of Creede. Although South River Peak is the highest mountain is this area of Colorado, it appears to attract little attention. It’s a long ways off the beaten path, and there’s no easy way to get to it. With an elevation of 13,148’, it ranks way down on the Colorado Elevation List. But the new field of prominence has made South River Peak a more important mountain. With a prominence of 2,448’, it’s big enough to make an appearance on the Colorado Prominence Map.
From Creede, drive west on Highway 149 about six miles to the marked turnoff to Forest Road 523. If you want to take our route, drive about 15 miles to the end of the road at 11,500’. You should have a high clearance vehicle, but the road is in good condition most of the way. However, the last mile or so is a little rough in places. If possible, you should set up a car shuttle, and park another car a mile or so down the road at 11,200’. If you want to take the trail, drive to the Ivy Creek Campground on Forest Roads 528 and 526. These roads branch off of Road 523 after four miles. It’s another five miles to the campground from there.
South River Peak is located in a national forest, and is open to the public. No permits required.
If you're taking the trail to South River Peak, the Ivy Creek Campground is located at the trailhead. The Marshall Park Campground is also located at the turnoff to Forest Road 523.