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.

on Corkscrew Gulch

off road driving
10 days ago

Did this as a 4x4 tour. Lots of fun, want to come back and drive it myself.

off road driving
12 days ago

Easy driving trail. Several places to pass. Maybe one moderate area near top but nothing crazy. I like doing this trail in the evening, great sunsets make for amazing pictures.

off road driving
13 days ago

Cruises up the first chunk to the bathrooms. Amazing views, not too crowded. All types of vehicles including a mountain biker crushing it uphill. Understandable why this is a popular trail. Continued to California Gulch onto animus forks. It got pretty busy after that.

off road driving
21 days ago

Jeeped to the top. Narrow in places Parked and hiked to the lake. Nice hike, little heart pumping for sea level folks. Loved it will do it again.

off road driving
22 days ago

off road driving
23 days ago

Drove most of Trail in high range. Climbed during rain, so used low range to negotiate some rocky areas. There are two lakes, and the trail ends at the second lake. Map shows it going past, but map is wrong. Abandon mine about 2/3 up, entrance blocked with boulders.

off road driving
23 days ago

Easy access from Silverton. First half trail steep, but maintained. Last third narrow and more loose rocks and washes. Closed mine at end and two spurs braking off. Left toward summit, caution loose rocks, narrow and some debris piles. Watch for others too narrow to pass by. Right to another mine. Again narrow, loose rocks and debris with off camber approach leaving Jeep toward ledge. Drove up and down in 4 low. Overall moderate trail, rain or snow would make it very hard.

off road driving
24 days ago

off road driving
26 days ago

Only ran a partial way up, late afternoon and not enough time to do it all. Ran 2 wheel drive, high clearance is needed breathtaking views and saw about a dozen other vehicles.

great trail with a couple of waterfalls and an amazing lake at almost 12000 feet.

off road driving
30 days ago

Great jeep trail with awesome views. The trail is fairly easy with a high clearance vehicle. 4x4 recommended - though I saw a Subaru Outback and a Toyota Rav 4 on the trail. Many rough spots, semi-wide switch backs. Of course the views are what make this trail incredible and Clear Lake is a beautiful spot to relax and meditate, hike around, and take some wild flower photos. Very serene!

off road driving
2 months 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
2 months 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
9 months ago

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

beautiful views of red mountain

off road driving
10 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
10 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
11 months ago

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

off road driving
11 months ago

Beautiful trail!

off road driving
Friday, August 04, 2017

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
Friday, August 04, 2017

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
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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

off road driving
Monday, July 24, 2017

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.

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