Rock of Ages (S. Pick) Trailhead


Road Difficulty

Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Easy 4WD dirt to the TH. A few rough sections and the stream crossing at Big Bear Creek make good-clearance a must on this road. A 2WD vehicle will have troubles crossing the creek but you could park along the road, before the creek crossing, leaving you 1.2 miles from the trailhead.

Driving Directions

From Ridgway, leave U.S. 550 and take Colorado 62 toward Telluride. Drive over Dallas Divide and down to Placerville and turn left onto Colorado 145. Drive 6.5 miles and turn right onto the Silver Pick road (dirt). It's over 8 miles from here to the trailhead. Drive 4 miles to an intersection and turn right onto FR 622. Continue 2.2 miles, turn right onto FR 645 and drive approx. 2 miles to the Rock of Ages trailhead, near 10,350'. Notes: After 1 mile on the FR 645 road, you must cross the stream in Big Bear Creek which usually isn't too bad by early July. Also, there are some designated camp sites along this road.

Winter Access

Usually closed near the intersection, 4 miles up from pavement.
Status Updates 
Posted By: ScreeSurfer
Info: Road was plowed and passable with all wheel drive to Big Bear creek before large tree blocked passage. This adds a little more than a mile each way to Summer time Rock of Ages trailhead.
Posted By: msparks2104
Info: Hiked Wilson Peak 10/21. Silver Pick road is actually quite tame all the way up to the stream crossing which is currently bone dry. We made it to right before the stream crossing in a tiny Mazda Cx 3, the epitome of zero ground clearance. The Cx 3 did have AWD which helped on the steep parts. Bounced a few rocks off the bottom but that’s it.
Posted By: joeygoat9
Info: 4WD not required because the road never gets too steep. Clearance is a must though - can’t imagine how people would get a sedan to the TH like the previous report. Roughest section is right before/after the creek crossing. Before the creek crossing there’s big potholes, and after there’s a huge rut down the middle of the road that requires you to straddle a section that’s a few inches higher than your tires for maybe 100 ft. If you have at least a crossover you’ll be fine.
Posted By: austinpavlas
Info: Made it the trailhead in a four wheel drive sedan with only 4.2 inches of clearance. Wasnt the fastest drive, but I did not scrap once. The creek was low and easily crossable. Biggest issue is the large mud pit right before the creek, but the bottom is solid and can be easily driven through.
Posted By: CaptCO
Info: Multiple fallen trees which were sawed and moved out of the way. I have a F150 and could barely squeeze between a couple. If you care about your paint job bring a ratchet strap to move the trees more so. Overall should be no worries, creek crossing was very very low. Theres NO camping at the TH and the last dispersed site is roughly 1/4 mile from the TH. Probably around 4 dispersed sites total. Easy 4WD/Rough anything else
Posted By: Kiefer
Info: Road is plowed roughly 4.7 miles. Road condition is packed snow, slush & some mud. At 4.7 miles, the road is plowed but it’s old. There is new (old) snow. A 4x4 could probably go further but don’t risk it in a 2-wheel drive. Not much room. Maybe one car but that’s about it.
Posted By: wintersage
Info: Had no issue getting to the trailhead in a stock 4runner. Right before the stream crossing there is a sizable dip that needs a little bit of care to negotiate, but other than that the road is pretty mellow.
Posted By: connorhodes
Info: Road to trailhead is pretty mellow. Creek crossing is only a couple inches and we saw some smaller cars (corolla, charger) past it. Any SUV should probably be able to make it and a smaller car might be able to with some careful driving.
Posted By: Cranfillpe
Info: Creek crossing about 6 inches deep
Mud puddle about 6 inches deep

Both have enough good rocks on the bottom to cross w out sinking

Made it all the way to the TH in my Sprinter (RWD, about 8 inches clearance)
Posted By: alpinenut
Info: Just drove to Rock of Ages in Jeep. No problems now. Just like description says. Creek crossing is about 6 inches. No snow or trees blocking road now.
Posted By: dwoodward13
Info: I drove a Camry up to the TH and its really not bad. The first 4 miles are cruiser. From there up to the creek crossing, it’s steep, but just going slow provided no issues. Only minor issues are a mud hole directly before the creek cross and the creek crossing. The mud hole is pretty dug out in the center so there is no option to hug the sides without high centering in a passenger car, but water was only a few inches deep and it appeared the bottom was actual rocks. With a good line choice, I pretty easy passed the mud hole, and at the current time the creek crossing is only a few inches deep and an non issue. A minivan was also at the TH.

Any car more capable than a Camry will not blink twice.
Posted By: zsmith
Info: There is a considerable mud hole before the creek crossing that will be a challenge for many 2WD, or CUV vehicles. It’s passable, but deep and uneven. The creek crossing was not too bad, but will also be slightly challenging for smaller vehicles. Overall, getting to the trail head in a 2WD vehicle will be about a 3 out of 5
Posted By: mbccacduo
Info: I am trying to get information about the ability to drive up to the upper trailheads or are these just higher camp areas? I see online that Navajo Basin and Navajo Lake make it shorter but i don’t see any info about driving. I do see in the pictures that it looks like jeep roads. Can anyone share insight on the road access to higher trailheads? Thank you
Posted By: RWinters
Info: Clearance is the key. With the recent monsoon moisture a good mud hole has developed just before Big Bear Creek. Still passable for 2wd with clearance.
Posted By: Patrickk
Info: Road is in excellent condition. Creek crossing is very low and not much of an issue. Any car with ok clearance will be able to make it to the trailhead.
Posted By: annsparks
Info: Great condition for a road rated easy 4WD. Several low clearance vehicles made it all the way up without issue. The three main problems puddle one, puddle two and the creek crossing are shown and were not problems at all. Puddle one dry. Puddle two easy to get around. Creek super low.
Posted By: dude4mountains
Info: Road is clear and dry to the TH. If you make it as far as the creek, the pothole and creek crossing should be no problem.
Posted By: Randy1983
Info: Access to the TH parking lot is still open. My Subaru Crosstrek had no issues getting over the creek crossing. There were a few muddy areas, but easily manageable.
Posted By: TravelingMatt
Info: Any SUV or crossover will be fine. Road is now signed on both sides of 145. The puddle before the creek crossing was relatively small but still a bit muddy. Parking area has two (unlocked) portable toilets. They seem to magically come and go.
Posted By: benlen
Info: This trailhead is (currently) accessible by low clearance all wheel drive vehicles (think Subaru Imprezas or Legacy wagons, with approximately 5.25 inches of ground clearance.) Because the creek crossing is low, I was able to get my Subaru Impreza across no problem. That said, with snow melt and use of the road, this may change quickly. There’s a big mud hole right before the river crossing that provided the biggest challenge to a low clearance car.
Posted By: Kelly M
Info: Ditto to what Shooter said. As a side note though, we were able to get a 2 wheel drive Nissan Sentra to 1.25 miles from the trailhead, just before the creek crossing. There are plenty of car camping spots on 622, both prior to and past the creek crossing. However, we did see an early 90s hatchback Honda Accord at the TH and he actually rolled up and took our campsite as we left yesterday.
Posted By: Shooter
Info: Clear the entire way and the creek crossing is not bad at all.
Posted By: bunny256
Info: Road is open all the way to the TH. The tree blocking the road in previous update has been removed, and the creek crossing was easily passable in a Forester.
Posted By: fepic1
Info: Clear to the trailhead. Creek crossing was mild. I did it in a f150 2wd in the hot afternoon when run off should have been near peak. Mosquitoes were heavy.
Posted By: dude4mountains
Info: Snow closure is currently about 0.6 miles before the Creek Crossing - about 1.8 miles shy of the TH - a couple of established campsites are accessible. A large tree sits across the road about a mile from the TH.

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