Silvercreek Trail is a 3.5 mile out and back trail located near Lake City, Colorado and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length3.5 miElevation gain1,007 ftRoute typeOut & back
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A magnificent stream amongst classic San Juan mountain beauty. Silvercreek is a natural phenomenon that by itself is worth a visit. The creek originates in the volcanic rock of the mountains above that make the water acidic. The water then dissolves aluminum and carries it downstream. As the water mixes with other water and becomes less acidic the aluminum is then deposited on the rocks as the white powder aluminum-hydroxide. This creates a brilliant streambed. Follow the trail East from the parking lot. After a half mile the trail will follow immediately next to the creek. Continue on the trail until you reach the spot that the South Fork of Silvercreek merges with the main creek. The white coloring on the rocks is at its best here. Just before this spot is a junction with a small stream from the north that carries a lot of oxidized iron. This makes for a red stream merging with a white stream. The most amazing part is that this is all natural. No human activity created these beautiful colors.

San Juan National Forest 970-247-4874

Head south out of the town of Lake City. Look for a large sign on the right side of the Road for Lake San Cristobal. Turn onto this road. Drive for 15.5 miles on this road following the signs towards Cinnamon Pass. The road can become hazardous for passenger cars. It is recommended you drive a higher clearance vehicle. The trailhead is well labeled and a restroom is available there.

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Rodrigo Sauaia
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Was not able to make to the top bc of the wind. Was about .5 miles or so from the top. The first 3 miles are very easy the last 1.5 miles is very steep; you climb close to 2k in about 1.5 miles. The road to get there is fine; no need for AWD but preferable. There are a few bad spots on the drive there but that’s it, very manageable, just go slow

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David Marcus
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Simon Guérard
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I mean, there are nice views from there, but do yourself a favor and climb both redcloud and sunshine. Or at least redcloud!!!

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Lia Barskey
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Don Greene
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Ben Habern
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Beautiful hike!

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Prakash Thadani
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The last half mile is really tough with a lot of scrambling to get to the top. Rest of the hike is fairly straightforward and breathtaking views.

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George Jones
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Alec Landingham
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Lucy Rojek
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Garrett Mason
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Tracy Doubrava
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Major Neidig
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Sloan Robison
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Rusty Coker
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Kevin Charles
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Jesse Gravelle
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bing li
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Jordan Becker
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Steve King
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Felix Zhang
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Joseph Krantz
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Juergen Sattler
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Mike Garding
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Zach Feickert
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Mike Rickert
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Mark Ladd
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Mark Ladd
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Weston Taylor
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