Helena Peak

A moderately easy scramble of a red peak with 1,000 feet of prominence off of the Mountain Loop Highway. It is remote but offers great views on a sunny, summer day, and mines can be found along the way.

getting there

Drive the Mountain Loop Highway to the town of Silverton.  Approximately 1 mile beyond turn left onto Deer Creek road. Follow Deer Creek road for roughly 4 miles to the Kelcema Lake parking area and Deer Creek Trailhead.

approach & ascent

Hike the Deer Creek Trail, east of the Kelcema Lake parking area, ~0.5 mi to the high point of the trail. Ascend the broad ridge northeast for ~1 mile to the beginning of the south ridge of Helena Peak. Keep right of the high point and follow the south ridge a very short distance to a notch. Descend and traverse under cliffs until you are east of Helena Peak. At a major gully, stay high and climb out of gully before its end. Continue upward onto rock, passing right of false summit, a bump on the ridge. As you near the summit ascend a dirty, loose gully a short way, and then climb out to right onto solid rock. Ascend directly to the small and rocky summit (5,401 ft).

  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 4
  • Length: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft
  • 5,401 ft
  • Green Trails Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX
  • Green Trails Silverton No. 110
  • USGS Silverton
  • USGS Helena Ridge
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