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Backpacking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

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Silvanite Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,600 Feet (2992.5 Meters) Judd Falls Trailhead
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,880 Feet (586.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,480 Feet (3578.6 Meters) Silvanite Mine
Length, Round Trip: 8 Miles (13.33 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 131 Crested Butte, Pearl Pass
Point of Interest: Silvanite Mine Site
Recommended Season: Summer
Usage: Heavy
USGS Map: Gothic
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

The Silvanite Trail begins at the Judd Falls Trailhead and follows Copper Creek Trail, 983, for three and a half miles. It begins at approximately 10,900 feet and leads steeply away from Copper Creek Trail. Silvanite Trail branches from Copper Creek Trail to the left (west) one mile passed the third stream crossing. This trail like Copper Creek Trail was once used to haul ore. It is wider than most footpaths.

Any venture into the south side of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness is well worth the energy and this trail is no exception. The Copper Creek Valley is amazingly beautiful. The mine site lies high on a ridge in the valley and provides breathtaking views of Triangle Pass, Whiterock Mountain and Copper Creek.

Directions from Crested Butte: Travel six miles north of Crested Butte on Gothic Road to the Judd Falls Trailhead. Hike to Judd Falls and continue on the Copper Creek Trail from there.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Silvanite Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Silvanite Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Silvanite Trail
ICON Animal Identification Silvanite Trail
ICON Bird Identification Silvanite Trail
ICON Mushroom Identification Silvanite Trail
ICON Plant Identification Silvanite Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification Silvanite Trail
ICON Backcountry Skiing Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
ICON Viewing Scenery Silvanite Trail
ICON Viewing Wildlife Silvanite Trail

Related Activities
Copper Creek - Copper Creek is swift and fast with small Brook trout. Access along creek by foot or horse only.

Copper Creek Tail #1983 - Copper Creek Trail, 1983, leads from the Judd Falls Trailhead near Gothic, north to East Maroon Pass. The entire length of this trail is located within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

Copper Lake Trailhead - The Copper Lake Trailhead lies slightly north of Gothic townsite. It provides access to several trails within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Gunnison County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 36 , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-1501


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