Colorado Rank: “N 1” is a soft ranked peak, which basically means there is no confirmed 300-ft variance between its summit and the lowest point of the saddle with its next highest neighbor.
Prominence: 288 feet
USGS Quad: Snowdon Peak
Planning Map: Trails Illustrated #140 Weminuche Wilerness
Rank & Prominence: Lists of John
14 miles south of Silverton; 53 miles north of Durango on U.S. 550 and about 1 mile south of Molas Pass, head south on the access road for Andrews Lake. Trailhead is 2 WD accessible in dry conditions; 4x4 needed in snow.
Molas Pass Trailhead 10,000 feet
13 miles south of Silverton, 54 miles north of Durango on U.S. 550 and about 1 mile north of Molas Pass, turn east into the Molas Lake access road. Plenty of parking is available at the trailhead.
From Andrews Lake
•Roundtrip Distance: 6 miles
•Elevation Gain: 1900 feet
•This would be considered the standard / more heavily traveled route
From Molas Pass / Molas Lake
•Roundtrip Distance: 9-11 miles depending on parking
•Elevation Gain: Approximately 3000
•Involves a crossing of Molas Creek
Please practice Leave No Trace principals:
1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
Weather and Seasons
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Summer in the San Juans is heavenly, with warm sunny daysand cool, crisp nights. Mid-summerwildflowers will knock your socks off. As with the other mountainous areas of Colorado, the afternoonthunderstorms mean summertime hikers need to leave the summit by noon. The San Juans are well-known for thawing outlater than other parts of Colorado; it is not uncommon for an ice axe to berequired year-round on certain routes.
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Camping and Lodging
Established National Forest Campgrounds
The South Mineral Campground is about 6 miles from Silverton. The campground has 26 sites, available on a first-come, first-served basis. At 9,800 feet elevation, even summer nights will be chilly. To get there, drive two miles west of Silverton to Forest Road 585. Follow FR 585 west along the creek for four miles to the campground entrance. The facilities provide picnic tables, composting vault toilets, fire grates, trash disposal and potable water.
San Juan National Forest campground map
Silverton hosts at least three commercial campgrounds offering services such as RV hookup, snacks and showers. These include Silverton Lakes Camper Park, Silver Summit RV Park and Red Mountain RV Park. Additional RV parks can be found by visiting the Silverton Magazine online lodging guide.
Cabins, Cottages, Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts
The lodging in and around Silverton could be described as “limited” and “eclectic”. Many are family owned and operated and tend toward the friendly and cozy, versus the sophisticated or luxurious. The Silverton Magazine provides a good online lodging guide.