Picayne and Placer Gulches

Silverton, Colorado (SanJuan County)

Last Updated: 06/16/2022
4.6 / 5 ( 11 reviews )
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Highlight: Picayne and Placer Gulches
Picayne and Placer Gulches 4wd trail is a gorgeous route offering scenic vistas of the San Juan Mountains and traverses an area rich with mining history. This area provides gorgeous wild flowers in the peak season of late July/ early August which enhances the already spectacular vistas found in all directions. Some of the best preserved mine structures in Colorado can be found along this trail. The Sound Democrat Mill is one of the finest examples and still possesses all of its machinery in place, from its stamp batteries to its Wilfley tables. This allows visitors the ability to see step by step how precious minerals were processes out of the raw ore that entered the mill. More information on the process of gold mining can be found here.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is easily spotted on the west side of San Juan County Road 2. Look for a sign reading "Picayne (Picauyne) Gulch."

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Silverton, CO

From the intersection of Greene Street and San Juan County Road 2 in Silverton: Travel northeast for 10.1 miles on San Juan County Road 2. The trailhead is on the west side of the road and is well marked. Look for a sign reading "Picayne (Picauyne) Gulch."



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Greg Stokes

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Greg Stokes Is a Colorado native, born and raised in Colorado Springs. He has been off-roading since childhood, his parents say his first trip was a Jeep run over Medano Pass when he was only 14 Months old. Greg has been at the wheel of everything from dirtbikes, ATV's, early Jeep CJ5's that he has restored, Wranglers, and presently explores in a 1997 80 Series Toyota Land Cruiser and a 2016 Kawasaki KLR650 motorcycle. Greg is a proud Husband and Father of 3. His passion in the off road world is the vehicle-reliant world of Overlanding. He hopes to one day make it to Canada to Explore the Yukon and Northwest territories.
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