Photo Courtesy of Missy Thompson
Part of the Colorado Trail (High Country) system.
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 winds through a sub-alpine, coniferous forest. The alpine meadows above timberline typically abound with wildflowers at the end of July and in August.
Water and campsites are easily found in this area. Water in this area should be filtered, however, to prevent problems with Giardia. This section of the Colorado Trail is popular for high elevation mountain biking routes.
Road access to the trail is remote and 4WD, but many long loops are possible. The trail is a 2.35 mile (one-way) from the trailhead to the ascent of Rolling Pass.
Map & Directions
Map Coordinates: 37.770467, -107.805276
Where's the Trailhead?
dIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD
From 9th Street and Main Avenue in Durango, head west on 9th Street toward Camino Del Rio (Highway 550). Turn right (north) onto Highway 550 and continue for 47.5 miles over Molas and Coalbank Passes towards Silverton, Colorado.
Upon arriving in Silverton, turn left at the intersection before town to stay on Highway 550 north. In 2 miles turn left onto CR 7/FS Road 585 near Mineral Creek and continue for 7 miles to the trailhead and parking area.
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