Explore the most popular scenic driving trails near Silverton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
1 day ago

Great easy off-road trail. 1 downed tree that was easy to pass under in my wrangler. Stopped about half a mile to the lake due to snow about 3 feet deep covering the remainder of the road. Hiked to the lake and it is currently completely frozen over. Few washouts on the trail at the start of each switchback you will have to straddle to get up in a vehicle. 4 wheel drive recommended but wasn’t needed in the Jeep. Medium clearance would be my suggestion. Plenty of rocks in the road but only had to move one to make it with no scrapes.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice Jeep trail to Kendall Peak. Had to stop where the road splits to go to Kendall peak and Kendall mountain due to too large of snow drifts across the road. There is a mine here with metal grating here as well. Hiked the rest of the way to Kendall Peak. Standing on Kendall 2 has a good view of all of Silverton. Easy hike as you can stay on the road crossing snow on foot. Gloves and wind breaker recommended if you go anytime soon. It’s cold up there even if warm in town. No cover from the wind and it was blowing something fierce.

Went up the trail 5/14/2018 during a perfect sunny warm day. The spring of 2018 was extremely dry so the climb up was overall pretty easy and dry. Came across a few down trees during the climb but our Land Rover Discovery fit under them with a few inches to spare. I assume the trail isn’t cleared very often. As we approached the summit we came across some drifted snow which blocked the trail as well as a fair amount of 1-3’ rocks that had fallen on the trail so we hike the last section up to the falls. Beautiful scenery and long range views. Great trail but as you reach the summit the trail narrows however there a several places to pull off on the way up. Passed only one other truck on the climb. Had a great time, great trail.

off road driving
6 months ago

One of our favorite trails while we were in the silverton area! Beautiful lake!

beautiful views of red mountain

off road driving
7 months ago

Very nice view when you reach the top. It's a slow drive with narrow parts, and many switch backs, but well worth the trip.

off road driving
7 months ago

Beautiful Jeep road, and I mean BEAUTIFUL! Not super difficult but a couple parts might get you if you have a fear of steep drop offs. We have done all the trails around Ouray and this is our favorite. Make time to sit by Lake Como and take it all in!

off road driving
8 months ago

Beautiful drive up the mountain. The view is breath taking all the way up!

off road driving
8 months ago

Beautiful trail!

off road driving
9 months ago

Epic scenery and a road that will keep you honest. The connections to Animas Forks and Gladstone, which in turn get you to Silverton add immeasurable opportunities to sightsee and really appreciate Mother Nature at its finest!

off road driving
9 months ago

Epic scenery and a road that will keep you honest. The connections to Animas Forks and Gladstone, which in turn get you to Silverton add immeasurable opportunities to sightsee and really appreciate Mother Nature at its finest!

off road driving
10 months ago

Beautiful scenery and wildflowers. Quite cold at the crystal clear lake. Easy in-and-out road.

off road driving
10 months ago

amazing views! easy trail to drive and can be done in 2wheel drive all the way up. Will deff do it again but hopefully the sun will shine next time. . cold wind blows off that lake!

scenic driving
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

This is an easy drive out of Silverton. We drove up this road, which winds up in Kendall Gulch, one afternoon but only made it as far as the switchback at 12,260’. I was in my Suburban and didn’t feel like the road was suitable for that type of truck beyond there. Better for a quad or a jeep to go all the way up. There was an old mine bored right into the mountain right there. There was plenty of room to turn around at that switchback too, so no problem there. The road also goes to the right at that spot, towards Kendall Peak. That one looked a little sketchy, but probably ok for smaller 4 x 4’s. I would like to return some day and go all the way up to the top of Kendall Mountain. But we had great views from where we were too. This is a simple drive that only takes a couple hours with some more awesome San Juan scenery. If in Silverton, check it out

scenic driving
Saturday, April 08, 2017

My favorite travelling partner (my wife) and I did this road in 2015. It has some really nasty spots, but our Expedition handled them. I figured we would bottom out a few times but never did. This is a 4 x 4 road!!! The views from the high point on this road are worth the gnarly sections for sure. We dropped down into Placer Gulch, but headed towards California Pass and back to Silverton that way. That was an awesome day trip through some of the best of the San Juan's. If you have the time and a good 4 wheeler, this is an excellent jeep road to check out.

scenic driving
Saturday, April 08, 2017

This is an easy drive, but I would want 4 wheel drive in a few spots. Most is OK for 2 wheel drive though. Great scenery as you'd expect from anywhere in Colorado's high country. My wife and I did this after camping overnight in Eureka s little campground. This was a simple morning drive up and back. Incredible story that goes along with the Sunnyside Mine up here too.

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Just hiked to the first basin and a little up the trail.Along hike for me,maybe nest time to the lake.

off road driving
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Been up to Clear Lake before about 1997. This time I was able to get more pictures. A beautiful day in Sept. Easy Drive in my four Runner as long as there is no rain or snow ,no problem.

off road driving
Thursday, August 04, 2016

Very lovely jeep road, but it can be trickery and slippery in the rain. Very pretty route, and I recommend it.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Great trail with amazing views that is not technical at all. This is a fairly easy trail to drive but the scenery makes it a worthwhile trip

off road driving
Friday, June 24, 2016

Be sure to have experience in back roads if you attempt this trail. The roads are very narrow and several tight switchbacks. The trail has steep drop offs that are scary for a novice. The stretch before the waterfall is a nail biting experience due to the steep drop off (above tree line) and bumpy narrow road which at times you have to move over to let others go by from the other direction. The waterfall and view from there is awesome once you make it though! The road to actual lake had too much snow so we decided to not attempt the last portion which was disappointing. If we had more trail experience with a jeep then it may not have been such a scary drive. It is beautiful and worth just glad we didn't go off the side!

off road driving
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Great trail....did it 2 years ago and was worth the drive for sure. Tried it today and had to turn around at the waterfall because the last part of the trail was covered in snow :( Wish we could have made it to the top but maybe next time. I recommend going later in the summer.

off road driving
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Fun trail but not able to make it to the top due to snow blocking the trail

off road driving
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I've driven this trail multiple times and it is very easy and can be done in any high clearance 4x4 SUV, however, what can really make this trail easy or hard is the weather! In July of 2013, I was able to do it twice in 2 days and I got to see this trail at it's absolute worst! One day, I was running the Alpine Loop and after traveling on Engineer Pass to Lake City from Ouray and coming back across on Cinnamon Pass, I reached Animas Forks and had the choice of either coming across California Pass and Corkscrew Gulch to get to the Million Dollar Highway or I could go down the road to Silverton and then drive back to Ouray. But since it was late in the day, my buddy and I decided it would be shorter to cut across the mountains to get back. As we started back onto the trails and onto the mountain passes, the weather started to turn on us like it had been doing almost every evening, but because the trails are mostly composed of rock, I never felt in danger of slipping and I never lost traction, even when it was pouring cats and dogs and even when it started hailing.

But as we started down the switchbacks on Corkscrew, the weather started clearing up a little, and just when my buddy and I had though we had gotten out of the worst of it, we met our first mud slide. On the Corkscrew trail, something you must understand is that if it starts raining, you better get out of there, because that whole canyon is an active mud slide area. If it hadn't have been for my mud terrain tires or my high clearance from my lift kit and my lockers, I'm not sure we would have made it. We ended up having to drive through about 6 thick, deep, and dangerous mud slides that had occurred. With some of them, as you would drive though, you could feel yourself sinking in and sliding off the road but you just had to keep on the gas and hope you got through!

So just know that this trail is a breeze when it's dry, but if it has been storming or is wet, I'd stay away!

Thursday, August 01, 2013

This trail is well worth the drive; however, it is steep in places and has a limited number of places to pass other vehicles. To see the lake you must walk about 1/4 mile from the end of the road.

off road driving
Friday, July 12, 2013

Easy road and cool ruins of an old mill. You don't necessarily need 4WD to get here. To go past Eureka to Animas Forks I highly recommend it though.

off road driving
Friday, July 12, 2013

Jeeped this one as part of the Alpine Loop. Not too hard, but narrow and steep on some switchbacks. I always recommend people not take stock 4x4 vehicles on these mountain passes; rent a proper Jeep or ATV. But if you think you can do it, don't let me stop you. I just think it's a bad idea.

off road driving
Friday, March 01, 2013

Out of Silverton, off US550 on CR7. After about 3.7 miles turn on Clear Lake 4X4 road. Easy climb up the mountain (12 switchbacks). Road ends at the lake, elevation: 12,000+' We drove this trail twice while we were in Silverton in 2010

off road driving
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Starts off the Silverton-Animas Road. Lots of mining ruins

off road driving
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Starts off the Silverton-Animas Forks road @ Eureka townsite. goes up Eureka Gulch to an abandoned mining site. Great mountain scenery!

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