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Southwest Ridge (Silver Creek)

 
Southwest Ridge (Silver Creek)

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Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.94710°N / 107.3976°W

Object Title: Southwest Ridge (Silver Creek)

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: Easy Class 2

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Created/Edited: Jan 12, 2006 / Jul 7, 2006

Object ID: 168224

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Approach

Begin at the Silver Creek-Grizzly Gulch Trailhead. This popular trailhead also accesses the fourteeners in the area (Redcloud, Sunshine and Handies) and has toilet facilities and camping spots. Hike northeast along the Silver Creek Trail. The trail is easy to follow through the forest, and as it wraps around Redcloud above treeline. There are several switchbacks that take you to the approximately 13,020' saddle with Redlcloud, where the route begins (see route photo below).

Route Description

From the saddle with Redcloud, leave the trail and head northeast (left) following a climber's trail along the gentle ridge. Leave the ridge before reaching steeper terrain (cairned), and countour below a false summit on sections of climbers trail. A few sections can be a little loose in this area. Reach a notch in the ridge below PT 13,832's west ridge, and traverse below the ridge crest on climbers trail, again taking care on loose rock. From here you will pick up a more defined trail through the tundra grasses (see photo) that leads to below the summit. Leave the trail and climb easy class 2 terrain to the summit. You can also continue on to PT 13,811 from here, which is just under a mile and a half away.

From Silver Creek to PT 13,832:
Round Trip 9 1/2 Miles with appx 3400' elevation gain

Essential Gear

Standard hiking gear is sufficient in good weather. Be aware of afternoon thunderstorms in the area.

For winter ascents consider the Williams Creek route as the road to Grizzly Gulch is not open in winter.

Miscellaneous Info

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Route Map

Topographic Map with Annotations for this route

 
Silver Creek Route Map
 


Images

Final slopes across tundra to...Route Overview of Southwest...Silver Creek Route Map