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Wilson Peak - Silver Pick UPDATE

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Re: Wilson Peak - Silver Pick UPDATE

Postby bmcconahey » Thu Apr 22, 2010 3:55 pm

del_sur wrote:
JA_son27 wrote:For those that have done both approaches -silver pick and navajo- which way is better? I like the idea that silver pick once opened is a few miles shorter, but shorter isn't always better.


Until Silver Pick opens... Don't forget Woods Lake as a path to base camp at Navajo Lake. This trail joins the Navajo trail about 1/2 mile before the basin.
Having hiked both it and Navajo, I enthusiastically recommend WL over the Navajo approach.
This comes up every year (and I pimp it each year), so if you don't get more feedback here, a quick search should yield lots of discussion. If I remember correctly, most folks side with WL.
I prefer it because it's more scenic, with a sick view of El Diente on the way in. There are also a few ranked 13ers (e.g. 13123) that you could include on a trip using WL.
People coming from points north (e.g. Denver) usually appreciate that it saves a lot of driving vs. crossing LH pass over to the Dunton road (Navajo/Kilpacker).


How long is the hike from the Woods Lake trailhead to camp at Navajo Lake?

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Re: Wilson Peak - Silver Pick UPDATE

Postby SkiNowWorkLater » Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:41 am

Is it allowable to park on Silver Pick Road a mile before the trailhead and head due east and then south around the NW ridge of Wilson Peak to climb and ski the northeast face of Wilson Peak? I'm not sure where the private property lines are that need to be avoided...

For reference, the route that I'm describing is route 4.1.1 in Dawson's 14er Guide vol. 2.

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Re: Wilson Peak - Silver Pick UPDATE

Postby Floyd » Tue Apr 27, 2010 3:32 pm

bmcconahey wrote: How long is the hike from the Woods Lake trailhead to camp at Navajo Lake?


If I remember right, it's about the same distance as the Kilpacker approach. Only catch is you have about 500 feet of elevation gain to get back out. The trail is above treeline for a little so take the time day you plan to exit into account. I highly recommend it (less folks and the view of ED is excellent) and the Woods Lake TH is accessable via 2WD in summer.

This is why I am puzzled by the red route in the map above. It's the Woods Lake approach, just a lot longer ????
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Re: Wilson Peak - Silver Pick UPDATE

Postby lowlander » Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:32 am

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Re: Wilson Peak - Silver Pick UPDATE

Postby tmathews » Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:15 am

I just spoke with Cindy at the Norwood Ranger District Office. She said that they are still actively working to finish the relocation of the TH, but the date for reopening it is still TBD. She said hopefully sometime this year.

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Re: Wilson Peak - Silver Pick UPDATE

Postby Bobo » Sat Jul 24, 2010 11:55 am

del_sur wrote:Until Silver Pick opens... Don't forget Woods Lake as a path to base camp at Navajo Lake. This trail joins the Navajo trail about 1/2 mile before the basin.
Having hiked both it and Navajo, I enthusiastically recommend WL over the Navajo approach.
This comes up every year (and I pimp it each year), so if you don't get more feedback here, a quick search should yield lots of discussion. If I remember correctly, most folks side with WL.
I prefer it because it's more scenic, with a sick view of El Diente on the way in. There are also a few ranked 13ers (e.g. 13123) that you could include on a trip using WL.
People coming from points north (e.g. Denver) usually appreciate that it saves a lot of driving vs. crossing LH pass over to the Dunton road (Navajo/Kilpacker).


+1 for Del Sur's suggestion. I have hiked Silver Pick before the closure to Wilson Peak, but haven't hiked Navajo approach. I chose Woods Lake to save drive time (left Montrose at 10pm). The view of El Diente as you round the shoulder of Pt. 13,123 are amazing. It is a fair amount of elevation to gain, plus the 500 or so feet that you have to give up descending to the lake and regain on the return.

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El Diente coming into view as I round the shoulder of Pt. 13,123.
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Re: Wilson Peak - Silver Pick UPDATE

Postby SteveBonowski » Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:23 pm

For TMathews & others, we have a joint CMC/Telluride Mountain Club trail crew weekend on Sept. 10-12 to finish some things up with the USFS. They're still hoping for a reopening of the new route through Silver Pick at that time. Things hinge on getting an easement across a mining claim retained by the owner. One of the claim owner's partners died a year ago and things have been tied up in estate proceedings.

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Re: Wilson Peak - Silver Pick UPDATE

Postby tmathews » Sat Jul 24, 2010 4:54 pm

SteveBonowski wrote:For TMathews & others, we have a joint CMC/Telluride Mountain Club trail crew weekend on Sept. 10-12 to finish some things up with the USFS. They're still hoping for a reopening of the new route through Silver Pick at that time. Things hinge on getting an easement across a mining claim retained by the owner. One of the claim owner's partners died a year ago and things have been tied up in estate proceedings.


Thanks for the update, Steve!

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Re: Wilson Peak - Silver Pick UPDATE

Postby BrianH » Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:08 am

Does anybody have any recommendations for the best drive in for a LOW clearance vehicle? (My big sister's mini-van! great for sleeping, not so great for rough roads...) I took it up the road to the Grizzly Gulch - Silver Creek trailhead, and that's about as rough a road as I'd like to take it on.

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Re: Wilson Peak - Silver Pick UPDATE

Postby James Scott » Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:38 am

I assume you're wanting to climb the Wilsons? I don't think you'll have any problems getting to Kilpacker- and you can hook up to Navajo if you just want the Peak, or get on top of El Diente from the south side from there.
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Re: Wilson Peak - Silver Pick UPDATE

Postby daslug » Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:29 pm

Two wheel drive vehicle will have no problem with the Woods Lake TH, the road is paved most of the way. Highly recommend this approach.
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Re: Wilson Peak - Silver Pick UPDATE

Postby bob863 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 5:46 pm

i was able to do a continous day-hike (12 hours) from WL TH to Wilson Peak and back....the drive up to WL TH is very doable in a 2WD vehicle...

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