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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > San Juan National Forest > Columbine Ranger District

Quick Facts

Rico-Silverton Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,800 Feet (3366.6 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 400 Feet (124.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,200 Feet (3491.3 Meters)
Length: 8.0 Miles (13.33 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 507
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Ophir, Engineer Mountain, Hermosa Park
Vehicle Accessibility: Four-wheel Drive Recommended Four-wheel-drive or strong two-wheel-drive with good clearance may be required to reach this trailhead located at the top of Bolam Pass.




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General Description

This trail ascends two high mountain passes, thus affording excellent views and good opportunities for photography. Grizzly Peak, Rolling Mountain, and Graysill Mountain are all accessible from the Rico-Silverton Trail providing mountain climbing possibilities for those interested. The trail rises above timberline on two occasions, but for the most part the route winds through a subalpine coniferous forest.

The alpine meadow above timberline typically abounds with wildflowers during late July and August. Water and campsites are easily found in this area. Water in this area should be filtered to prevent problems with Giardia.

Directions from Silverton, Colorado: Take U.S. Highway 550 north for approximately 2 miles and turn onto the South Mineral Road (Forest Road 585). Follow the dirt road past the campground for approximately 2 miles to the Bandora Mine. Turn left slightly before the mine and follow the road across the creek. 2WD vehicles with good clearance should be adequate. Limited parking is available.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Take U.S. Highway 550 30 miles north to Forest Road 578; follow this road 16 miles to the trailhead where limited parking is available. 4WD or strong 2WD with good clearance may be required to reach the top of Bolam Pass where the trailhead is located.



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Watch for storms that build in the area. Updated: 2001-07-30 14:59:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Alpine meadow above timberline
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Rico-Silverton Trail
Yes
ICON Mountain Climbing Grizzly Peak, Rolling Mountain, and Graysill Mountain accessible
No
ICON Viewing Scenery Excellent views and photo opportunities
Yes



Related Activities
Cayton Campground - Cayton Campground is 8 miles beyond Burro Bridge Campground. Because of Cayton's easy access to Colorado Hwy. 145 and Dolores River, the campground is very popular.

Cayton Picnic Ground - Because of Cayton's easy access to Colorado Hwy. 145 and Dolores River, this area is very popular. There is plenty of fishing along the river, but it may be crowded on summer weekends.

Chris Park Group Site - There are three sites each of which accommodates up to 75 people that are available by reservation only. The park is mostly flat and open with partial shaded provided by a few large Ponderosa pines.

Haviland Lake - Haviland Lake Fishing site is a scenic area located about one mile off U.S. Highway 550. Fishing can be good and row boating is permissible.

Haviland Lake Campground - Haviland Lake Campground has scenic and convenient campsites a mile off of U.S. 550. With the Hermosa Cliffs in the background, morning views across the reservoir are memorable.

Sig Creek Campground - Sig Creek Campground is six miles west of the Purgatory resort, on the Hermosa Park Road (Forest Road 578). Nine sites on four acres sit on a south-facing hillside about 0.25 mile from the East Fork of Hermosa Creek.

South Mineral Campground - South Mineral Campground is the last developed camping area along U.S. Highway 550 on the San Juan National Forest. The campground has 26 sites which are mostly level, at 9,800 feet.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Durango Area Chamber Resort Association, 111 South Camino Del Rio , Durango, CO, 81301, Phone: 800-463-8726, Fax: 970-385-7884, durango@frontier.net

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