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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    
2013-06-22 Drove to the TH with a Ford Focus. Last mile or two had to go slow but fine overall. First 12-13 miles in excellent shape. Watch out for Porcupines, they were chewing on several cars. hollamby         
2013-05-02 Open as of 5PM today. SJ Ron San Juan Ron         
2013-04-30 The gate was opened this morning, however, they are now clearing the road and it won‘t be officially opened "for a couple weeks". SJ Ron San Juan Ron         
2013-04-25 The gate is still up but the road is in fair to ood condition (there are a few rocks that I had to move off the road). FYI, if you are planning on doing Handies via Grizzly Gulch, the Lake Fork River is out of its channel and would be VERY difficult to traverse. The bridge is of no help until the river goes back to its normal channel. San Juan Ron  2  1      
2013-04-22 Although gated one can easily drive around the gate an make it a few hundred yards from the grizzly TH bathrooms in a subaru Elliot    4      
2012-11-21 Road is mostly clear - lower 2WD in good shape, 4WD portion has some snow and icy spots in places but is still easily traversable in any 4WD. Trailhead areas on both sides covered in several inches of snow (see photo). hcky40  1       
2012-10-30 Bone dry all the way to American Basin. The road is in good condition. SJ Ron San Juan Ron         
2012-10-20 I was up there this morning & there is absolutely NO snow or ice. 2WD seemed to be fine for about the first 12-13 miles (saw a Chevy Impala flying by me as I was going about 20-25), then at about mile 13, I would recommend a high clearance vehicle, but it can easily be avoidable by car by going around into smaller rough patches of dirt path rather than following the tire tracks. There were a couple of deep dips, NOT POTHOLE, dips, that could easily make a car or SUV bottom out. I had no problems when I took it at a slow pace, and the areas were marked with cones. ashlee03         
2012-09-03 Road is in good shape currently and lots of grading equipment were smoothing it out as we were driving out on Monday. Saw both a Toyota Prius and Chevy Cavalier at the TH. Obviously conditions change year-round but right now seems like 2WD is not a problem. Titan         
2012-09-02 Road to the TH in good condition with several 2wd passenger cars present. A sign has been posted in the bathroom stating that a bear attack happened recently at this TH and discouraged tenting up. If you plan on tenting up, please remember to be bear aware! Please PM me if you have any additional questions. zdero1         
2012-07-07 The road to the SC/GG TH from Lake City (CR 30) was opened around noon. Several slides had closed the road. The road is very muddy especially in the slide areas. The slides were 1-1.5 miles from the TH. If we get a lot of rain, don‘t be surprised to see more slides. San Juan Ron         
2012-07-06 The road from Lake City to the Grizzly Gulch trailhead is closed due to rockslides. I spoke to a member of the road crew and they estimated 2-4 days to get it open. This makes Handies, Sunshine and Redcloud THs inaccessible. Contact the Sherriff‘s office or CDOT for updates. lakecityrat         
2012-05-12 Got up there easily from Lake City w/a Toyota Yaris. A few dicey spots but overall the road is in great condition esskay1000         
2012-04-26 As of 4/26, open and clear! San Juan Ron         
2012-03-17 Road was dry to the winter closure (road split). Road is currently gated. Yikes         
2011-09-03 Trailhead is just shy of 16 miles from turnoff to County Road 30. Very obvious. First 12 miles are fine for any passenger car, but last 4 miles are rough, some washouts on the downhill side that make things a little dicey. Also potholes and boulders. 2WD is fine, but would *not* try this in anything other than a high clearance vehicle. I didn‘t see a single low clearance vehicle anywhere on the trail or at the trailhead. barryfagin         
2011-07-02 Road dry and in good conditions to trailhead. Rough 2WD. Was easy to navigate with Honda CR-V. Watch out for the Jeep tours and motorcycles on holiday weekends. --bb--         
2011-05-31 Road dry and in good condition to trailhead. Rough 2WD BillMiddlebrook         
2011-05-05 Gate opened the afternoon of May 5th. Road is plowed to AB turnoff as of May 9th. SJ Ron San Juan Ron         
2010-08-05 Made it with very little difficulty in my Subaru outback. There are a few rock outcroppings in the road which must be carefully navigated, but by driving one side of the car over them they are passable without needing high clearance. Road is mostly dry and not rutted too badly. crossfitter         
2010-05-05 Open and clear as of 5/3 to Silver Creek / Grizzly Gulch via CR30 Shelf Road from Lake City. San Juan Ron         
2009-12-01 At around 11.8 miles in on CR 30, there is a gate closing the road at the split. With a TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE SIGN. For info. on closure. Contact HINSDALE County road Dept. at 970-944-2400 or Hindsdale Sheriff Dept. 970-944-2291. - Was there on NOV. 30th. gpeoples         
2009-11-25 11-22-09 - Snowy but easily driveable with 4WD. GeorgeB         
2009-11-08 The road is clear with a couple short icy sections to this trailhead as of 11/8/09. centrifuge         
2009-08-15 8.6.09-8.9.09: Volkswagen Passat V6 bottomed out a few times going up/down the trailhead. This ultimately resulted in the car‘s oil pan leaking and left the car inoperable. We hitched a ride to town and went to the Lake City Automotive Center. The car was towed down to town, and then the car was towed to Gunnison for repair. Please heed caution if you are driving a low clearance vehicle. Trailhead was a gateway to beautiful, incredible hikes of Handies, Redcloud, and Sunshine. cls721         

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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