The Colorado Trail Rio Grande Reservoir to Molas Pass

Silverton, Colorado 81433

The Colorado Trail Rio Grande Reservoir to Molas Pass

The Colorado Trail: Rio Grande Reservoir to Molas Pass Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"At the beginning of this segment, a jeep road heads down to the Rio Grande River ford from across and up on the right on the Stony Pass Road. The CT follows this jeep road for the first 4.5 miles of this segment.

The jeep road continues past the CT turn-off and on up to the headwaters of Bear Creek near Kite Lake, a popular destination for tourists with 4WD vehicles during the summer. The dust from the traffic somewhat detracts from the pleasure of a walk up a rather attractive valley. The meadow just before the CT turn-off was once the site of the mining town of Beartown. However, almost all signs of the mining activity have disappeared ."

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Trail Information

Silverton
Nearby City
21.9
Distance
4,460 feet
Elevation Gain
Shuttle
Trail Type
Best summer and fall
Season
10,560 feet
Trailhead Elevation
12,680 feet
Top Elevation
Columbine Ranger District - West, Divide Ranger District - Creede
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated #140, 504; USGS Pole Creek Mountain, Rio Grande Reservoir, Storm King Peak, Snowdon Peak
Local Maps

Trail Log