Overnight hike near Silverton

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Overnight hike near Silverton

Postby My-Therapy » Sun May 23, 2010 8:14 pm

So I'm heading to Ice Lake Basin in July for a hiking/camping trip and I was looking for an additional short overnight trip nearby Silverton. We are looking for wildflowers, water(alpine lake or streams/rivers) and a place that will make us want to take lots of pictures. I will be with my parents and I'm trying to keep the one way distance to a camp spot of no more than around a 4 mile hike or so. Thanks for any advice/suggestions! -J. Hart
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Re: Overnight hike near Silverton

Postby Hobopoet » Mon May 24, 2010 4:12 am

The San Juan Mountain Association has an information office in Silverton on Blair Street just north of the train stop. They can get you detailed information. All the patrol people - federal, state and local - use this office as their base so they will have up to date info on trail conditions, etc.
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Re: Overnight hike near Silverton

Postby kaiman » Mon May 24, 2010 10:12 am

Oh man the choices in that area are endless... :wink:

As far as flowers/scenery goes Ice Lakes Basin steals the show so plan to spend some time enjoying it. Plus you can climb Centennial 13er Vermillion Peak (13,894 feet) if you want. From the same South Mineral Creek drainage you also have several other hiking/camping options including Clear Lake/South Lookout Peak (very nice) and Hope Lake (great views from the pass).

Some of my other favorites that can be turned into overnight trips include Highland Mary/Verde Lakes from Cunningham Gulch (meets many of your criteria for flowers, waterfalls, alpine lakes/streams, etc.). The other one I would mention is Columbine Pass and Lake (not the Chicago Basin one) from Highway 550 between Silverton and the top of Red Mountain Pass. This is another good option (and the views of Mt Sneffels from here are stunning)...

FYI, you will probably need a 4x4 or high clearance 2wd vehicle to reach most of these trailheads (except for Ice Lakes and Columbine Pass/Lake)...

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