Silver Crk/Grizzly Gulch Trailhead


Road Difficulty

Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Rough 2WD dirt to the TH. In spring and early summer, portions of the road may be a bit rough and require Easy 4WD.

Driving Directions

First, take Highway 149 to Lake City. From Lake City, drive about 2 miles south on Colorado 149 and turn right on County Road 30 toward Lake San Cristobal and Cinnamon Pass. From the start of the 30 road, it's nearly 16 miles to the trailhead. Stay right near 11.8 miles. After 12.5 miles the road becomes more rough, and between 13 and 14.5 miles it's a shelf road that hugs the south side of Sunshine Peak. Before 16 miles, reach the trailhead in an open area. Parts of this road are rough, but when it's dry good-clearance 2WD vehicles should be able to get to the trailhead.

Winter Access

Usually closed about 6 miles below the TH.
Status Updates 
Posted By: Squirrellysquirrel
Info: Cinnamon pass is closed for the season. No TH access to Silver/Grizzly unless you walk the shelf road... Sherman TH is accessible. Road is plowed to Cataract Gulch TH and can be driven with a 2WD vehicle at this time.
Posted By: Squirrellysquirrel
Info: As of yesterday afternoon, it was sloppy muddy and with melting snow (2-4) for the drive past MillCreek TH, didnt get to Grizzly TH. Conditions are probably okay at colder temperatures, may want to exercise caution when driving in the afternoon melt. Several rock falls along the way, after clearing up the 4th round and rocks fell again while I was clearing the road... called it a day and turned short maybe a mile from TH.
Posted By: supranihilest
Info: A few small ice patches (more like strips of ice; completely avoidable) and some water-filled potholes (they will be frozen in the morning) but nothing serious.
Posted By: supranihilest
Info: The road seems rougher than I remember it. 4WD isn’t required but moderate clearance is. You MIGHT be able to get up to the trailhead in a low clearance 2WD vehicle with very careful driving but there are ample potholes and exposed rocks on the road.
Posted By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: Summer conditions. A Honda Civic made it to the parking lot.
Posted By: Mzapo
Info: Road to trailhead is dry and can be made in a low clearance vehicle, with the caveat being that careful navigational around rocks and large pot holes is required. I made it there and back in a charger, however I did bottom lightly twice. That being said the aspens leaves were changing colors yielding some distraction, so likely a bit more caution would have served well and avoided those instances. Restrooms were restocked on this day with supplies.
Posted By: SamWerner
Info: Confirming past reports, I made it to the trailhead in my Toyota Corolla without any bottom-scraping or real difficulty. Speaking of bottom-scraping, make sure you bring your own TP, the toilets don’t have any (as of now at least).
Posted By: hotrodlx
Info: Clear road to the trailhead. There are outhouses there! No fires statewide currently allowed. Lovely friendly blacktail doe that will play with your dogs at the trailhead. Easy to get up the road in a 2wd vehicle. No problem. No snow on road.
Posted By: Jnaffy
Info: Easy. Never need 4wd or substantial clearance. I did In a stock wrangler
Posted By: Pedro F
Info: Difficulty 1 until perhaps mile 10, then it changes to Difficulty 3...there are stretches on the latter portion where it’s a bit rowdy; also a couple of segments where it’s somewhat steep. But I can’t seem to recall it being both rowdy and steep at the same time, so it seems like one could take a sedan up there if you are slow and deliberate (most vehicles at the TH were SUV’s ranging from an X3 to Escapes to Jeeps; or Subies...but there was a Chevy Malibu there as well). Probably about half a dozen spots on the road where there are rocks sticking up that could pose a clearance problem for sedans...but it always seemed like these could be avoided by carefully choosing your line.
Posted By: spoony
Info: Road from Lake City is in great shape until about mile 12 (when the route steepens and you begin climbing in earnest up Cinnamon Pass). From there, it is pretty rough with lots of pot holes from the recent rains. Not difficult, just rough. I would not take a low-clearance vehicle up there, but a Subaru or similar vehicle would make it no problem.
Posted By: Molasses
Info: The road is in good condition. I had no trouble getting to the trailhead with a 2wd Ford Escape that has 8.5" clearance. I was also impressed with the clean, well stocked, restrooms.
Posted By: jordanthebuff
Info: My friend made it about 1/2 mile past the trailhead in his stock Mazda 3. The road is long (about 16 miles from the turnoff on 149) but the first 11 miles is a dirt road that is better than West Colfax in Denver (this is not a joke). The road gets rough around then and took a while to drive the last few miles to the TH, but it’s clearly doable in most cars with care and choosing a good line. The bathrooms at the trailhead had TP when we arrived on Monday but by Thursday afternoon all of it was gone. Plenty of camping at or just past the TH. No camping before as the road is a shelf road without much room to park, though I did once see an FJ find a spot to pull over and set up a tent just down from the road.
Posted By: Bccrhp
Info: Fine for 4WD and perhaps a high-clearance 2WD with an ambitious driver. No major puddles or hugely exposed rocks. Trailhead bathrooms are in good shape.
Posted By: mikewall45
Info: Made it up to trailhead with no problems in standard 2011 Toyota Rav4.
Posted By: hikehikehike
Info: Trailhead accessible with my all-wheel drive crossover. High clearance vehicle not needed. A few shallow washboards, as well as some rocks/potholes as you near trailhead. Totally manageable with slow speed. Arrived at 7pm and parking lot filled up by 10pm. Parking still available on road next to parking lot once parking lot filled.
Posted By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Completely clear for driving. Forester made it with zero issues. In the past my old sedan made it, and I think it would do just fine even now with careful driving. Filled up fast - people parked on the grass and tundra (please don’t do this). I was the only one to wrap my car in snow fence after hearing about porcupine/marmot issues chewing car wires. Vault toilet facilities in fine shape and open.
Posted By: hogantheepic
Info: Road is completely clear of any snow to this trailhead. Bathrooms are unlocked. Road potentially open to American Basin, didn’t drive up there but from on top of Redcloud it looked pretty clear.
Posted By: Kiefer
Info: Road is gated 4.2 miles from the trailhead. Room for about 5-6 vehicles to park. Ankle to shin deep pow on the road. There is a trench in place on the road.
Posted By: Klad24
Info: Previous reports are accurate. Some snow and ice in parts but largely dry. No problems reaching the trailhead in my 2WD Mazda.
Posted By: supranihilest
Info: There’s a few patches of ice on the road but nothing show stopping. The roughest spots are where avalanches crossed the road and they’ve just cut a path through the accumulated debris. I was able to drive my Civic all the way to the trailhead which tells you everything you need to know.
Posted By: WildWanderer
Info: Small areas of ice on the road. I saw a 2WD sedan at the trailhead.
Posted By: RWSchaffer
Info: County Road 30 (Cinnamon Pass Road) was plowed to the winter road closure gate, about 11.8 miles from Lake City. It was not plowed beyond that. The closure gate was open, however, and there was so little snow on the road that my 2WD vehicle was able to get to the trailhead and back without difficulty. The road was mostly dry with only occasional stretches of packed or icy snow.
Posted By: pbarn
Info: Travelled up and down on 8/25. Much easier than I was anticipating. A few spots to pick your line but nothing really to worry about at all. The creek crossings, as of 8/25, we pretty tame and could be taken without any trouble in a 4x4, probably even a 2wd - only a few inches deep, a stone base and easy entry/exit points.
Posted By: tb8331
Info: The road is a little rough in spots, but nothing too serious. Got my Hyundai Elantra up and down without much trouble. Just drive slowly and deliberately and you should be good.

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