Trailhead:  Rock of Ages (S. Pick)
San Juan Mountains
 Posted By:  vorticity
 Date of Info:  07/26/2012
 Date Posted:  07/30/2012
I have a .gpx file of the road to parking and of the new Rock of Ages trail all the way to the saddle. E-mail me at, I will send it to you. The new trail is excellent all the way to the saddle and very well marked with new signage. It would be tough to get lost. The new trail bypasses the stone house. On the way back, we detoured to the house for some photos. Evidently there is Wolverine (DOW has it radio tagged) living at the house. We saw Marmots, but no Wolverine.

Along Silver Pick Road (8.4 miles is the correct mileage to the trail head from CO 145) there is one stream crossing (Big Bear Creek) about 7.2 miles (mileage is wrong in other status reports) from CO 145 at N37 52.923, W108 00.494 (You can see this on Google Earth). This will be no issue for a high clearance vehicle. I was able to cross it fine in my Subaru Outback. However, after a heavy rain, this will prevent passenger cars (even a Subaru) from crossing. If you have to park on the north east side of the stream, you will have to hike 1.2 miles to the trail head after crossing a log on foot. As stated in prior status updates, there is no place to camp at the parking lot. There are several camping turnouts along the road. Even if you park and try to walk in to camp, you are going to have a hard time finding camping. The old Jeep trail is cut into the side of a steep slope. There are no flat spots past the parking lot, up ROA trail for quite a way. There are Forest Service "No Camping" signs and a Port-A-Potty at the parking lot. Vort.

I was asked a few questions about this route:

1. RT mileage--Rock of Ages TH to Rock of Ages Saddle = 8.6 miles
2. RT mileage--Rock of Ages Saddle to summit of Mt. Wilson = 1.2 miles
3. RT mileage--Rock of Ages TH to summit of Mt. Wilson= 9.8 miles
4. How many hours did it take you to complete the RT from Rock of Ages Saddle to summit of Mt.Wilson and back to vehicle.

0501 Departed Parking Lot
0734 Arrived Rock of Ages Saddle = 2 hours and 3 minutes
0910 Summited Wilson Peak = 1 hour and 6 minutes from the saddle
1042 Back at the Saddle = 1 hour and 32 minutes, but includes time on the saddle and talking to some others on the way down
1302 Back at the car. Total trip = 8 hours and 1 minute

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