Molas Pass, easily accessible from Million Dollar Highway. Nearby towns are Silverton and Durango. The peak can be climbed alone or with conjunction of nearby 13ers - nice combination would be unranked 13er Spencer Peak, and 2 ranked 13ers: Grand Turk and Sultan. I have done all those peaks and chose to hike up only West Turkshead Peak as a nice easy day.
The hike is easy, not really a trail, or more hard to follow trail. It is mostly on grassy slopes and NO scree. The views are excellent in all directions.
The Guide to Colorado Mountains with Robert Ormes provides only a brief mention: "Drive south from SIlverton on US-550 approximately 6 miles to the Little Molas Lake turnoff (not Molas Lake). Drive west 1 mile to the lake and park. Climb north into and up a well defined narrowing basin between two rocky points. These were called West Turkshead Peak (12,849') and Turkshead Peak (12,734') by the SJM (San Juan Mountaineers).
Colorado Rank: 752
Parent Lineage: Grand Turk
San Juan National Forest - peak is located in San Juan National Forest.
From historic town of Silverton, drive south on Hwy 550 (= Million Dollar Highway) for 6.5 miles. Turn west onto a well signed dirt road for Little Molas Lake. Drive 1 mile and park. It takes less than 20 min from Silverton.
From Durango drive north on US 550 for 42 miles and and then turn west on the well signed road for Little Molas Lake. It takes about 1 hr from Durango.
Unranked Turkshead Peak on the opposite site of valley is more complex and involves class 3+/4 scrambling from the south.
Hiking and parking are free. The camping is free. Campground is often full. No reservation accepted.
Summer and early fall are the easiest. Remember you are in high altitude - trailhead is above 10,000 feet. Winter and spring are more difficult because of a snow cover and avalanche danger. Always check northern San Juan Avalanche report prior venturing. The approach is not bad from US 550 road (=Million Dollar Hwy). The 1 mile drive in the summer is easy to negotiate on snowshoes or skis.
Little Molas Lake Campground is located at the start of your hike. It provides primitive camping, accessible by 2 WD vehicles. There is no drinkable water or trash service. There are toilets in the campground and at the trailhead for Colorado Trail. Campground is poplar since Colorado Trail passes through.
List of other nearby campgrounds - click here.