Peak(s):  Handies Peak  -  14,048 feet
Date Posted:  07/31/2018
Date Climbed:   07/21/2018
Author:  ullearn
 The drive from Silverton was the hardest part   

Starting from Durango and using Google Maps we were surprised to see it called for a 2hr 14min drive, seeing that you can get to Silverton in 1hr then only have 17 miles remaining. How bad could the roads really be?

It took all 2.5hrs + to get there, the road is that bad and requires you to go slow and pick your line. High ground clearance is required and where you may be able to do it in a 2wd the 4-low gearing on the way down will save your brakes and provide confidence. NOTE: we did this in summer time and there was zero snow still on the ground. Also there is a closer parking lot if you drive to the end after the sign says no vehicles (we added .5 each way because we parked in the further out lot); the trailhead is a clear single-track next to a parking lot.

We started the hike at 8:50am and hoped to be out before the lunch time storms to start. It took us just under 2 hours to reach the summit and we were moving at a pretty good pace passing other groups who started ahead of us from Lake City. The return trip down took just over an hour, making total time with breaks around 3.5hrs.

Like clockwork just as we got back to the car, the rain started in.

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):

Comments or Questions

Where is Mt. Handies?
07/31/2018 15:13
Thank you for your participation.

Jon Frohlich

Mt. Handies
07/31/2018 15:32
It's right next to Handies Hill.

What were you driving ?
07/31/2018 17:30
Just curious, what was your vehicle? Plan to drive this in a week.
Surprised Google took you that way. Every time I put in Silverton to Handies TH it routes me all the way around (Ridgeway to Lake City.

07/31/2018 19:25
Well it€„˘s my buddies SUV so not trying to call him out, but basically it€„˘s the fancy version of a Landcruiser with air suspension but 100% factory.

It handled it great, dare I say cushy. My biggest concern was the mostly near stock tires as they didn€„˘t exactly have a nice fat sidewall (was worried we were going to cut a sidewall).

09/17/2018 10:11
I'm planning on hiking Handies this week. I was curious whether there's any parking just past the creek crossing? I've heard the last 1/4 mile is especially rough; so I thought if there was room to turn around and leave our vehicle after crossing the creek, we could walk the rest of the way to the trailhad.

09/17/2018 14:09
I did Handies from this TH over Labor Day, and yes, there is parking for a few vehicles right after the final creek crossing. And you are correct, the final 1/4 mile is definitely the roughest, for sure. Prior to that, not a big deal for your average SUV with a moderate amount of clearance.

   Not registered? Click Here

Caution: The information contained in this report may not be accurate and should not be the only resource used in preparation for your climb. Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. and the author(s) of this report provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. By using the information provided, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless and the report author(s) with respect to any claims and demands against them, including any attorney fees and expenses. Please read the Safety and Disclaimer pages for more information.

© 2021®, 14ers Inc.