Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Hiked to the first three lakes. Gorgeous scenery. The weather was a little iffy on the hike because the monsoon season hit, thankful for it as the fire danger was high in the area. People were fishing. Camping along the trail. Every view was amazing.

awesome views going down into the valley. hike back up is a bit arduous but not bad. i only encountered one other group. this is one of my favorites so far.

This hike is absolutely fabulous. It is incredibly steep getting up to mile 2 - by far the toughest stretch of trail we hiked on our visit to the area. But once you get past mile 2 and the short distance through the saddle, the trail is flat and the views are raw beauty - the Rockies at their best. The lake color is spectacular. We enjoyed this more than the Ice Lake trail (which was also great).

A tip that we figured out the hard way: The road to the trailhead is a narrow “4x4 only” road. If you dare drive up the road anyhow, there is only room for 2 cars along the side - and if those spots are taken, there is not a good place to turn around. The easiest thing to do is park at the bottom of 679 after you cross the one lane bridge (by the camp sites), then hike up the road to the trail. The trail itself is 6.4 miles - adding the hike up the road made the total trip ~8.7 miles.

We only went 3 miles up and back down, but it was so beautiful!!! Lots of wildflowers and beautiful views of the mountains !

Did this loop on the 4th of July took the left on the Continental Divide Trail and set up a tent in the meadows about 1.5 miles up. Woke up and took Whitehead Trail back onto the Highland Mary Lakes trail.
It’s a beautiful hike featuring a waterfall and lots of gorgeous wildflowers

7 days ago

I LOVE this hike! Gorgeous wildflowers, lovely views and great hike. It is well traveled and popular.

Incredibly beautiful. Definitely steep but worth the climb

The drive and scenery to the trailhead is just as good as the hike. A lot of waterfalls off the sides of the mountains. We started the hike and stayed on the trail for the most part, until we arrived at the rock slide area. We saw the trail on the other side, but had no way to get to the trail. We ended up rock hopping over to the trail. Made it to Lake Mary and the dogs swam for a bit. Found another way around the rock slide area and made it out of there. It is a very scenic hike with the stream. The higher you go, the better the scenery is. Highly recommended. Lots of loose rocks on trail, first hike I did with new boots. Tripped a few times or maybe just getting too old. Yeah, it was the boots.

Great hike with amazing views of several waterfalls. Pretty strenuous as it was a steady incline almost the entire way.

Awesome hike and perfect weather. Multiple waterfalls along the way. Great views the entire way up.

15 days ago

This hike was incredible. The lake and views of the surrounding peaks were amazing. Started out very steep and the first section full of switchbacks was a bit of a challenge, but gets easier after that.
There’s very little snow up there right now-easy enough to cross in hiking boots, and the wild flowers are blooming! Made it up in a little less than 2 hours and made it down in an hour and a half. Wish I had trekking poles a few times on the way back down.

This is a very well maintained downhill hike with wide switchbacks covering most of the descent. I really enjoyed the first section with the long range views, but at least 3/4 of the hike is in the interior of the forest with very little views until you reach the river. My dog did enjoy a swim once we got there! The climb from the bottom got a little monotonous, but no section was ridiculously intense. It took me 3 hours round-trip with a couple shorts rests coming back up.

15 days ago

This is one of my favorite CO hikes! Not only is the lake stunning, but the views as you make your way there (once you exit the forest) are amazing! The vertical is pretty intense, but pace yourself and just keep moving... even if it's very slowly. The last mile before you reach the lake has very little elevation gain and you will be glad you didn't turn back!

Note - There's a trail that shoots off to the left once you enter the clearing. Don't take that... you still have some climbing to do! :-)

Pretty awesome time to head up there with the clear skies.

Great day! 1st Mile and half on the way back are the most strenuous, say a 7 of 10.

Wildflowers are prime! Stunning. Pretty good workout.

Amazing hike! I thought ice lake and blue lakes were amazing but this was even more impressive. NOTE the mileage is wrong and the hike is 8.5-9 miles depending on where you can park but well worth it!

Another special hike up this great trail through a sea of Wildflowers.

We hiked this trail the first week in June, 2018. It was amazing. Epic views.

1 month ago

We only completed half of the trail, we saw the great meadowland, did not make it to the lake, but it was worth the hike! When made a detour for almost 4 hours drive back to Durango due to the 416 fire: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/416_Fire.

1 month ago

Great view from the top!!

Gorgeous hike! The trail was bone dry. Incredible views and you can get right up to the railroad and see the train pass.

Great hike in an awesome spot in the San Juan Mountains. Still wet and snowy for the last half mile to the top.

off road driving
1 month 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.

1 month 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.

The trail was very icy and muddy, leaving areas of unmarked trail. Couldn’t summit as the snow was knee deep at about the 2.5 mile. Also, wind was very strong today.

Easier than we expected. Amazing views. It took us just over 4 hours round trip. No snow on the trail. Not too wet or muddy either. The mileage was spot on.

Very good hike for our first Colorado hike. The altitude was an obstacle, but we managed. The dogs loved it, especially the stream down at the bottom. Would like to do this again when the trail is dry and no snow. Trail is rocky in some areas. Very nice views of the mountains.

2 months ago

The views from this trail are incredible! Hiked on 4/29/18 in mostly sunny weather with high winds. Was the only one on the trail for five hours. While Molas Lake itself was still frozen, the trail was 95% dry except for thick mud leading from the trailhead and patches of snow in shaded woody areas. The downhill views and Animas River are well worth the return climb.

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