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trail locations for Silverton, Colorado
off road driving
3 days ago

Incredible views. Very rocky trail. Not tons of technical spots to break the monotony of bouncing through potholes and rocks. I might drive this way again, but not my favorite.

This is one of my favorite hikes. Recommend doing this hike in June or July in order to see the endless sea of spectacular wildflowers. As with all hikes or backpacking be prepared for sudden shifts in weather. The first time we packed this one it rained 14 hours straight.

I took me 1 hour to get from the parking lot to ice Lake my 1st time there jogging and power walking and 50 mins from ice lake to island lake and back down, got it on my sports tracker, Beast Mode, so freaking unreal, so lucky to do it after work and live so close enough to it, for sure will be doing it more.

hiking
7 days ago

My group hiked this in September. They also said the trailhead sign stating total miles was lower than it seemed. It was a difficult hike and there was a spot that was very steep and was at a high elevation which made it feel strenuous. Of course, very beautiful!

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail steep up from the trail but not bad. Nice to take the trail to and from the drop off. Easy to find trail and lots of water so no need to carry a big resovoir. Take a filter or tablets

it's a spiritual journey through the San Juan mountains. definitely an all day hyke. Beautiful scenery, truly breathtaking, even though I live here, it never gets old.

backpacking
14 days ago

Windom peak was my first 14er. We rode the train from Silverton to the trailhead. Buy tickets in advance! Small town but free parking unlike Durango. Hiked to base camp - lots of sites but it can be crowded for a reason. So beautiful with many waterfalls and accessible water along the way. I carried 2 liters but could've gotten away with 1 bottle. We summitted Windom and saw how crazy the others looked so we went back to base camp in the rain and took a rest day the next day. Met amazing people and followed the creek for photography shots. The day after that we hiked out. The elevation is what makes this so hard. That and all the rocks you have to rock climb so put away those hiking sticks when you get past Twin Lakes. It was chilly at night dropping below 30 but we had enough gear and food. Lots of deer. Strangely we didn't see any mountain goats but heard they are normally so persistent that you have to pee on rocks and pack out #2 & all TP in bags that they give for free at the register box.

Great hike that follows a creek to the lakes. Small amount of bouldering. Took us about 3 hours.

Lots of waterfalls be sure to check out all the side trails with views and old mine ruins. it can be done as a loop to island lake. 3.6 miles each way 7.5 round trip.

off road driving
28 days ago

The first part of the trail was easy but the last ten miles before you come to the Rio Grande Reservoir were very rocky, rough and parts were washed out. It was anything but easy!

backpacking
28 days ago

We hiked out to Highland Mary Lakes on Saturday -such a beautiful hike! The next morning we went out to fish verde lake and caught several fish. We also passed lots of fisherman coming from that lake. We almost lost the trail coming from the lake but after some backtracking, we realized you had to follow the posts. After leaving the lake there were some incredible views! My favorite part of the trip. After you loop around and towards the end it is a pretty steep decline. I'm glad that we hiked down it instead of up it, but still very hard on the joints!
Went in August and the trail was in good shape!

Tough trail but worth it! Lots of beautiful wildflowers and wonderful lake at top.

Absolutely stunning views. We tracked our hike with our phones and Apple Watch, it was 4 miles from the parking lot to Ice Lake, one way. I'm not sure why the trailhead map says 2.64 miles, but it's not accurate. The last 3/4 mile is the hardest, which is also due to the elevation, but it's really pretty. In my opinion, the views on the hike were better than the lake itself. Overall, great hike, but not for the faint of heart (literally and figuratively)!

hiking
1 month ago

After a recommendation by our friend Debra VanWinegarden (see her blogspot) we enjoyed shoulder high wildflowers and gorgeous views. Our time was short so we only hiked to the "bus stop" log and after a quick snack got back to our car just in time before an afternoon storm.

1 month ago

Awesome hike with the family. My 5 and 3 year old had a blast. Once at the lake they wanted in but didn't plan for that and it caused a melt down. Other than that awesome views and hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely amazing hike!!! Pretty difficult coming from sea-level but WELL worth the challenge of hiking this trail.

1 month ago