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Silver Crk/Grizzly Gulch Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  San Juan Mountains
14ers Served:  Redcloud Peak, Sunshine Peak, Handies Peak
Road Type:  Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Rough 2WD dirt to the TH. In spring and early summer, portions of the road may be a bit rough and require Easy 4WD.
Directions:  From Lake City, drive about 2 miles south on Colorado 149 and turn right on County Road 30 toward Lake San Cristobal and Cinnamon Pass. From the start of the 30 road, itís nearly 16 miles to the trailhead. Stay right near 11.8 miles. After 12.5 miles the road becomes more rough, and between 13 and 14.5 miles itís a shelf road that hugs the south side of Sunshine Peak. Before 16 miles, reach the trailhead in an open area. Parts of this road are rough, but when itís dry good-clearance 2WD vehicles should be able to get to the trailhead.
Winter Access:  Usually closed about 6 miles below the TH.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2015-09-01 Driving in, the Aspens were just starting to turn. Still mostly green. More fall colors showing here than near Telluride/Wilson Peak two days before. WillRobnett         
2015-08-28 We had no problem getting to the trail head. Any car can make it. Plenty of places to camp, and park. Had two very clean out houses. I was told unless you have a 4x4 this is as far as a car can go up that road. bking14ers         
2015-07-25 Great road conditions. Made it to the TH easily before dawn from Lake City in my standard-issue low-clearance 2009 Prius. Just a few rocks and potholes to navigate easily around. Be careful on the way down after your climb, as the rented ATVs and Jeeps will be coming up the mountain. They were courteous, but there are a few places where you‘ll need to navigate to the oncoming side of the road just before a blind corner. I honked a few times to be safe. trinkner         
2015-07-12 Road is great. A couple ditches in the road that a passenger car would have to be careful with.. I saw a mini cooper make it up... No porcupines at the parking lot but there was one at American Basin! addrock528         
2015-06-16 Attempted to drive to American Basin to camp, but was stopped about a mile from the turn-off for it by a creek running over the road, about a foot deep. 4WD and high clearance vehicles should have no problem with it, but my sedan wouldn‘t have made it. Elected to camp at Silver Crk/Grizzly Gulch. Got everything set up in the fading light but as soon as it was dark, a porcupine showed up and quietly made his way under my car. I heard him chewing and chased him off, but he returned shortly and I decided it wasn‘t safe to camp there or hike from there the next morning. If you‘re going to be trying any of the Lake City 14ers, take fortifications for your vehicle. Tim A    2      
2015-06-07 Road is clear and good up to SC and GG trailhead demoorj33         
2015-06-06 Snow-free and passable by most vehicles mojah         
2015-05-17 Roads are good, snowy trails! WillRobnett  2       
2015-05-07 Opened today! Road is good to SC/GG and a couple miles beyond. SJ Ron  San Juan Ron    6      
2015-04-30 Gate still locked! Ron San Juan Ron    4 2    
2014-11-01 Made it to TH in Civic. Snow was starting to fall as we headed home. spiderman         
2014-10-17 Road was completely dry all the way to TH. Two patches of a little mud but no ice or snow. There was one area where there was a sort of deep rut, but I did see a 2WD passenger type car at the TH. I talked to the guys and they said they just had to navigate that a little more carefully. StarGirl         
2014-08-03 Took a Chevy Cruze (a FWD, 2-door coupe) to the TH. We drove cautiously, picking our path carefully, and never bottomed out, but there were a couple of sketchy places. There were other sedans/coupes at the TH as well, such as a Toyota Solara. Only the last three miles of the road is rough; the first 10 miles is very smooth. Sinsear         
2014-07-05 Clear all the way to trailhead. Easy for high clearance vehicles and saw a BMW 5 series make it so it looks like low clearance vehicles are making it also. Keep your eyes peeled near the top. We saw a moose cow and calf and a herd of mountain goats. Pretty awesome sight! jakewilt         
2014-07-04 No trouble in a Buick LaCrosse - take it slow(ish) and you won‘t scrape your car‘s nose in the dips. colorajo         
2014-06-19 In addition to porkys & moose, a bear went knocking on a vehicle last night, so be bear aware! SJ Ron  San Juan Ron    6      
2014-05-21 Road is good to SC/GG TH. San Juan Ron    1      
2014-05-12 Gate was open yesterday, but 6" of fresh snow at 3pm meant my Ford Focus could not make it this time. It was snowing heavily so I would expect even more snow on the road before it melts out. M1keey         
2014-05-08 road is open and dry all the way to the trailhead at 10,400 feet vailmtnman_26         
2014-04-26 Gate closed and locked at the Cataract Gulch turnoff. hbbucy    4      
2014-03-15 Gate closed, difficult postholing all the way. Easy enough when crust was frozen in the morning but the unexpected punching thru was unpleasant. In the afternoon it was miserable. Bring skis or snow shoes. jmeizis    1      
2013-11-06 Gate is still open. Road conditions are icy and snow packed in spots. Maybe 4-8" depending area. Some rocks on the road, but road is passable. Heavier snow (12"+) within 1 mile of American Basin and Cinnamon Pass is closed for the season. SJ Ron  San Juan Ron         
2013-10-06 Road was rough, to be expected, but made it without too much trouble, albeit pretty slow, in my Cadillac. Recent snow didn‘t seem to affect road condition much. MrJohnnySpot         
2013-10-06 No snow on the rough parts of the road, made it just fine in my ancient AWD Outback huevicus         
2013-09-10 Road to TH was in good condition despite all the recent rain. Some deeper mud puddles, but made it with no problems in a Toyota Highlander. mollykay         

On the main road (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-06-13)Looking into the parking area and the start of the Silver Creek trail (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-06-13)

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