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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    
2008-09-02 Camped at the trailhead 8-29 thru 9-1. Road was easy and dry. Several 2wd cars made it. Did NOT have the fly/mosquito problem I read about earlier. JohnK         
2008-08-23 8-18-08 -- Drove from Ouray to Silverton - Animas Forks - Cinnamon Pass - TH. Trail was easy in stock Jeep Grand Cherokee. I would expect Cinnamon Pass to be tougher going back up -- we left through Lake City. acoustical1         
2008-05-26 Trailheads full dry and operational. Can also drive to the 2wd parking area of American Basin. KirkT         
2008-05-15 The gates have been unlocked and I drove up well past Burrows Park last week. There isn‘t nearly as much snow as I expected (at least to Burrows Park). San Juan Ron         
2008-05-15 The gates have been unlocked and I drove up well past Burrows Park last week. There isn‘t nearly as much snow as I expected (at least to Burrows Park). San Juan Ron         
2008-03-30 I got to this TH easily last August (2007) in a two wheel drive Tacoma. It‘s rougher beyond this though. Getting into American Basic would probably require a 4X4. Hobopoet         
2007-11-06 Road is bone dry SarahT         
2007-08-10 I would not drive a car (or low clearance vehicle) on this road. The last two to three miles to the TH are rough and hectic when you have a convoy of Jeeps and ATV's on your rear. We drove a Jeep and we bounced all over. The road by the TH is in pretty good condition. There is plenty of parking at the TH. robanar         
2007-05-30 Ready for the summer. Passenger cars, it's hectic from about 14.5-15.5 miles from 149. Matt         
2007-05-19 road is plowed and accessible to TH with restroom and parking giarcd         
2006-10-01 As of 09/29/06, road dry & clear all the way to the Silver Creek/Grizzly Gulch Trailhead. There was a pickup truck at the Trailhead whose occupants stated they had just come over Cinnamon Pass. They said they had no trouble and that there was very little snow on it. The sign on the road in stated the pass as Closed. Yog         
2006-05-21 dry to the trailhead jcwhite         
2005-09-18 Trailhead is open still and easy to access. I drove my VW Jetta there and had no trouble. Never scraped a rock. I did have to go slow several times, but not so much as to annoy me. CO Native         
2005-05-15 Road has been recently graded all the way to the trailhead. No snow. Easily passable by passenger cars. Bathroom in working order. Plenty of space for camping. mouser         

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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