Mount Silverheels

MODERATE 12 reviews
#98 of 173 trails in

Mount Silverheels is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fairplay, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

7.6 miles
2,949 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



horseback riding

nature trips





A great backcountry hike that avoids crowded trails. From the trailhead follow Scott Gulch. In the first couple hundred yards of the hike you can use the remains of the old Hoosier Pass road, but this trail quickly turns around and heads back to the road. Not much a distinct trail exists, but continue up the gulch along Scott Creek. Follow the creek until it disappears beneath the saddle of Heartbreak hill. Continue on up to the saddle where you will see the rest of the route. Descend into the valley on the other side, veering slightly north away from the saddle. When you reach the bottom there will be a large ridge to the Southeast. Ascend this ridge staying left of a large knoll 3/4 of the way up. When you reach the top of this turn left and follow the summit ridge due east until you reach the summit.

19 days ago

See photo for tail head!!!! The trailhead is a bit tricky. Cross the road and start up on the dirt road. The trail head isn’t marked and hidden by the trees. If you don’t take this way, the road curves to the left and you’ll eventually find yourself on the backside making your own trail.’s nice! Once you get to the top you’ll want to keep going!!

2 months ago

So nice to climb a peak on a Saturday, see three other people the entire day, and have the summit to yourself.. while no definitive trail, the route is mostly visible and instinctual.. far better than the crowds and traffic in and out of nearby 14ers.

3 months ago

Just a side note to agree with the other posts that say this is NOT the trail head to Silverheels. Hence one star for this. I just did a nice walk along this side of the pass, and there is no trail that breaks off in the direction of Silverheels. Anyone walking this way to get to Silverheels, is going cross country. If this is a route, that someone has done, then they need to chime in about it. I will write a separate post about where I went today.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

I summited this mountain today and I still don't know where the trailhead is. I know for a fact that it isn't where this app is telling you to go. I drove into Fairplay, turned on 4th st, followed national forrest access signs along Beaver lane, you'll come to a cattle gate that isn't locked, open it and make sure to close it behind you, up FS 659 until it ends. Now the tricky part is that there is no trail here. I walked off trail up to the ridgeline then to the summit. Wasn't too bad. I definitely saw a trail at points but nothing that was marked or even well defined. Took 2-3ish hours up. Wouldn't really recommend for the average individual. One pro is that you'll be by yourself out there cause the trailhead is so hard to find. I did have a great time, just feel like this isn't what most people are looking for. Maybe someone else knows exactly where the trailhead is?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

There's no trail head here. Parked on Hwy 9 and walked across. The trail is barely marked u til it fades away. Abandoned shed with blankets, cans, flashlights about .25 miles in. Generally creepy. I'm sure there's another silverheels trailhead but the one on the AllTrails app is not it.

5 months ago

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