When we ran Peru Creek last year the weather was pretty chilly, but this year was really nice. The sun was out and there wasn't much snow on the trail (on Peru Creek, anyway). It couldn't have been a better November run.
We aired down at the large parking area at the Peru Creek trailhead and then went into Montezuma to attempt the Santa Fe Peak trail. It was pretty covered in snow, and we got out when we were about halfway through it at timberline. We could see the shelf road continuing past us and above us, and it was completely covered in snow and what looked like ice in spots. We'd have to save Santa Fe Peak for another day.
Peru Creek had a bit of snow in spots, mostly where it was shady. The creek itself was absolutely gorgeous. When you're right next to it it's in the shade, and it had ice-covered branches and ice in spots over the creek, making for some awesome scenery.
We did Warden Gulch first, and then came back to Peru Creek to finish it. We were really looking forward to seeing the crazy portion of the creek higher up, but when we got to the Shoe Basin Mine we found the gate closed and locked, with a new sign marking the rest of the trail closed. It looked like that was the end of the line for that day.
We turned around and did Cinnamon Gulch and then Chihuahua Gulch on the way out. It ended up being a fantastic day.
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