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Rio Grande County Colorado Hiking Trails

Silver Mountain Trail #704

Rio Grande National Forest

Available for hiking, horseback riding, ATV's & motorcycles, Silver Mountain Trail follows the South Fork of Cat Creek, gaining elevation gradually. Leaving the South Fork of Cat Creek Drainage, Silver Mountain Trail crosses over & follows Ranger Creek for a short way before becoming a little steeper as it climbs to the ridge top & up to Silver Mountain. Silver Mountain Trail follows the ridge around Silver Mountain toward Sheep Mountain. After passing Sheep Mountain, Silver Mountain Trail drops down to Blowout Pass.

Several suitable campsites are available along Silver Mountain Trail.

To reach Silver Mountain Trail from Monte Vista, travel south along Gunbarrel Road State Road 15 for 12 miles to FR 250. Travel west along FR 250 for 8 miles to FR 271 (Cat Creek Road) and turn west. Continue west along Cat Creek Road about 5.5 miles to the trail head.


From Monte Vista travel south along Gunbarrel Road for 12 miles to FR 250, west along FR 250 for 21 miles to Spring Creek Road #329, north along Spring Creek Road for 4 miles to the Blowout Pass trailhead.

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