Trailhead:  American Basin
San Juan Mountains
 Posted By:  Marty369
 Date of Info:  09/03/2012
 Date Posted:  09/04/2012
I got bumped to a Chev 4x4 due to the busy weekend so I decided to make the drive up. The road to Grizzly gulch/Silver Creek really isn‘t too bad. There were a couple of little washouts but the heavy equipment was out working on it.

At the Cinnimon pass/American Basin split I made the left. There is a busted tin horn that starts the "bad" section. That horn looks like its itching to bust a tire with its jagged edge. Somehow on labor day I was the only vehicle, but the lot is really nice and could fit probably 15 cars. The road isn‘t really any worse than the road before it, maybe a few steeper drops but not much.

Word to the wise for campers at the trail head, the shrews and chipmunks in the camping area adjacent to the lot are HORRIBLE. They kept me up at night scratching at my tent even though I didn‘t have food. A shrew made it into my tent somehow and after escorting him out I noticed he had crapped all over the inside of my tent and my drinking cup which was outside. It‘s pretty obvious the day trippers in the atv‘s and buggies feed them, they know humans equal food. I got little sleep that night, however the basin is beautiful.

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