( Log Out / Getting out of Silverton was another blunder. Learn how your comment data is processed. My plan was to take the train to Silverton. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Yes, Silverton, now I was starting to think about those nice cold IPA brews that I would have in town. However, water was known to be scarce in this section with a small seep of a stream as it was called as the only water for 22 miles. Hikers are hitching back and forth the 7 miles to Molas Pass all the time. For lunch I hit the southern Barbecue joint – Thee Pits Again.Pork ribs, baked beans, cornbread … and very British bread pudding for desert. I had a ride within minutes. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. To Silverton, Colorado: From Durango, head north on Highway 550 for approximately 48 miles. This elevation range has a major effect on climate. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The beauty of the San Juan’s was exploding in perfect weather. Unfortunately the seep occurred in a few places and from my northbound approach I ended up choosing to filter water out of the less desirable seep which ended up clogging my Katadyn water filter with mud. Nearly a full moon.more high resolution photos of day 1. I did have a bit of a headache at Taylor Lake, but nothing bad. The wilderness surrounding Silverton is filled with trails for all hiking levels, though you won’t find easy access to them from the town. Arriving at the pass I met a European who was nearly finished the 500 mile Colorado Trail. Well detailed & photographed!! This was not going to work for a sustained period of time so I would need to increase my calorie intake. The elevation of the Colorado Trail ranges from 5,280 feet at the eastern end near Denver to 13,000 feet at Silver Mesa near Durango to the west, passing through three " life zones " along the way. It’s a moderate road that takes you 62 miles into the backcountry between Creede and Silverton. Problem. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. But if you drive out of town a few miles, you’ll find a few trails worth a hike. This journey departs from Durango and is available over 300 days a year. The Colorado Trail is mostly dispersed camping. I started hitchhiking … in the wrong direction. Some positives were guarantees of maximum beauty in the San Juan’s, good water access thanks to a good snow year, and the sun is typically at your back (helpful for solar charging). The last 500′ I would go about 20 feet and then rest, but I only had to cover about 8 miles so I had the time to slog along. Rico-Silverton Trailhead From 9th Street and Main Avenue in Durango, head west on 9th Street toward Camino Del Rio (Highway 550). Over about a week I adapted myself to the higher elevations of Colorado which enabled me to at least survive those initial days climbing up from Durango into the San Juan Mountains. Not as popular as Needleton for hikers, Elk Park is where the railroad crosses the Colorado Trail …. This route will go past Purgatory Resort, Coalbank and Molas Passes. This is an excellent opportunity to explore areas that are hard to reach. HD Video Of Durango Train Ride ot Silverton Colorado October 2010 Widescreen Colorado Trail – Silverton to Durango – day 4. trip report by site editor Rick McCharles. Experience the pristine backcountry of the San Juan Mountains as you travel from Durango, Colorado to historic Silverton, Colorado aboard one of the last surviving narrow gauge railroads. Watch the video from their trip here… Wrong, they moved north and overtook me when I had very little cover. Thru-hiking the Colorado Trail takes anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks from end to end. The Colorado Trail is Colorado’s foremost trail that is widely recognized by outdoor enthusiasts due to its high elevations, beautiful sceneries and spectacular recreational offerings. Overall I believe that a late start on the CT is enhanced by taking on the northbound approach. The route culminates with arguably the best continuous singletrack in the state as the San Juan Mountains are traversed … I was truly in heaven. I highly recommend the Avalanche Brewery and the Sultan IPA which is just a few doors down from the Blair Street Hostel. This trail starts near the bottom of Coal Bank Pass on the Durango side. Many had recommended the very LAST section of the 500 mile Colorado Trail – the San Juan’s – as the best part. Stony Colorado Trail Drop: $60 per person. No lockers at the train station. So driving to Colorado was an excellent way to acclimate. Posted by ghsmith76. Day 33 - 10.3 Miles We pulled ourselves out of Silverton just after noon with enough supplies for our final 75 miles of the Colorado Trail. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The full stretch is divided into 28 segments of 11-31 miles. Molas Lake and Little Molas Lake on the way to Durango are two of my favorites, featuring easy enough trails around the lakes. Durango is a biking town and riding up the Million Dollar Highway to Silverton is a classic ride. The ticket office for the Silverton train opened at 7am. . Hikers traveling the full length of the trail from Denver to Durango will climb a cumulative 89,354 feet. …, Plenty of hikers use the train to get up into the San Juan’s.One way scheduled trains take 3½ hours …, Elk Park is the last siding, wye, and flagstop before Silverton. But does have a gear shop (fuel) and plenty of restaurants. My last night before Silverton was the beginning of many nights of being totally exposed above tree line, but the weather was cooperating. My last restaurant meal before hitting the trail.I wandered the town while my togs were drying. Taylor Lake turned out to be a very nice campsite. Across the highway. Segment hike of the Colorado Trail in 2016. With nearly 500 miles of length from Denver Metro to Durango, it may take up to six weeks to complete its entire length. All trails are detailed on this website with maps, descriptions and photos plus GPS & gpx tracks. After a brief descent, it continues to climb north until it ends at the Colorado Trail to the west of Molas Pass. I ended up stashing a black garbage bag in bushes adjacent to the nearest grocery store. The campground is located four miles off of the highway when traveling west from Silverton. Photos cannot capture the wide and unique vista. Oddly, he got a 7 mile ride with this truck driver. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. My first week on the Colorado Trail, Durango to Silverton, was awesome and my visit to Silverton was successful for resupply, beer and and great steak dinner at Handlebars. Pingback: Colorado Trail – Silverton to Lake City | The Adventure Continues, Pingback: Flowers of the Colorado Trail 2019 | The Adventure Continues. The following day meant 15 miles to the next reliable water, however, the terrain was not that tough so it turned out to be a good but I was tired. I knew that acclimating to the altitude was going to be critical for an old backpacker who was coming from an elevation of about 300′ in Oregon. I was encouraged though because my body was not rebelling and I had hopes for getting stronger. Silverton, Colorado is a popular day trip destination for visitors to Durango. Clear skies. I spent the night at the NFS Campground and started out on August 15th. Bookmark the permalink. Slept well in my tent. The town lies sandwiched between high passes on Highway 550, aka the Million Dollar Highway, 23 miles south of Ouray and 50 miles north of Durango. Durango, Colorado was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1879. Goal for Day 2 was Taylor Lake which I knew would push the altitude envelop but would set me up for the next days at that elevation. . This 6-mile loop offers a great… Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. . This portion covers from Stony Pass to Little Molas Lake. The vista looked great from Molas. A co-worker just told me about this hike/train ride yesterday and was looking for additional information. It is a through route, or point-to-point, stretching almost 500 miles from the dusty southern Colorado town of Durango, to Denver (Littleton to be exact). Actually, Silverton has no grocery store. The hail was large enough to hurt so I had to essentially dive into a tree and hope that lightening would not choose that tree. Some Trail travelers, however, find it either more convenient to begin at the Junction Creek Trailhead, the CT’s southern terminus of about 4.5 miles from downtown Durango, or are already acclimatized to high elevations and up for the challenge of climbing from around 7,000 feet in elevation to more than 12,000 feet in the first 23 miles. Blackhawk Pass presented some of the best hillsides of flowers that I saw on the CT. I was getting acquainted with my various navigational aids: Guthook App, CT Databook, and my Garmin InReach Mini. Sep 11. A strong motivator was the incredibly beautiful scenery that epitomize the San Juan’s. , An excellent hostel having closed a couple of years ago, the cheapest room I could find was US$120. Hike back. My trek in the Lofoten Islands of Norway got me in pretty good shape but it also meant I would get a late start on the CT. That translated to starting in Durango with the northbound goal of hiking to Denver. The Silverton area has a variety of moderate and technical trails in and around the town. ( Log Out / Rode it all the way to Silverton. 2 Comments. At 9,900 feet, you can expect unbeatable proximity to a number of high alpine lakes and trails, including the Ice Lake Basin trail. The perfect adventure for the whole family! By July of 1882, the tracks to Silverton were completed, and … Climbing at high altitude was slow and tiring, but thankfully I was not getting sick so my acclimation had worked. ( Log Out / But he needed to resupply in Silverton, staying at the hostel there one night. All trips are a two person minimum and include drops at the following locations: Highland Mary Lakes Trail: $50 per person. Hidden in plain sight in the Albertson’s parking lot. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Summary: No precipitation throughout the week. This area holds some of the most beautiful ATVing and 4x4 trails in the state. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. trip report by site editor Rick McCharles, day 1 | day 2 | day 3 | day 4 | info page, Durango – Silverton – Molas Pass – Lime Creek. Start early, and pick a nice day - even very strong riders can take upwards of 10 hours to complete the 40 miles from Spring Creek Pass into Silverton. The first day turned out to be longer then I might have planned, but water and campsite options dictate your decisions, So I had to go 14.5 miles with about 4000′ total ascent to Junction Creek for my first night. Put up your tent anywhere you like. Here I’m looking back at the section prior the one I was about to do. I knew that the elevation climb over the next couple of days would be the greatest vertical change on the entire CT, close to 5000′ to Kennebec Pass but much more than that with the various undulations. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Our Silverton offroad tours t ravel along the scenic byway from Durango to picturesque Silverton, Colorado. Once I reached 11000′ feet I was sucking air. We happily offer trail drop-offs to anyone returning to the trail after a fun stay in Silverton. ( Log Out / Posted on September 11, 2019, in Backpacking, Colorado, Wilderness and tagged Blackhawk Pass, Colorado Trail, Durango, Kennebec Trailhead, Molas Pass, Silverton. A local gent drove me up to the correct highway and to the best place to hitch. The seep came after 7 miles which made for an easier day since that was my only campsite option. My trek in the Lofoten Islands of Norway got me in pretty good shape but it also meant I would get a late start on the CT. No lockers at the transit station. ( Log Out / Climb over 12,000ft and explore the waterfalls, ghost towns, and wildlife of Colorado above Silverton when you book this Jeep Trail tour! One problem I have is loss of appetite while on the trail. For adventurous things to do in Durango, just sit back and relax while our experienced guides show you why we offer the BEST Jeep trail tours in Durango. I decided to address this issue in Silverton when I resupplied. Take in the spectacular scenery of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains and the roaring Animas River as you ride aboard a historic steam-powered locomotive with the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.. I should have left more STUFF hidden in a garbage bag.The wild flowers are shoulder high in places.I set up in a lovely spot.Failed to get the campfire going this time. Change ). Though officially “full”, one of the ticket officers managed to squeeze me on to the 8am train. Oh well, live and learn. Some scam was in the works, I suspected. Soak up the scenes of Durango and surrounding mountains with the Animas Mountain Trail. I do believe this is the most beautiful portion of the CT. 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