San Juan County Road 2

Silverton, Colorado (SanJuan County)

Last Updated: 09/28/2019
4.2 /5 ( 10 reviews )
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Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 10.1 miles
Highest Elevation: 11036 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Silverton
Nearest Town w/ Services: Silverton
Official Road Name: San Juan County Road 2
Management Agency: San Juan County
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Highlights

Highlight: San Juan County Road 2
San Juan County Road 2 is a connector road between the town of Silverton and Animas Forks. It provides access to numerous campgrounds, both public and commercial, and popular four-wheel-drive roads such as Burns Gulch, Maggie Gulch, Picayne Gulch, California Pass, Engineer Pass and Cinnamon Pass (the Alpine Loop) . Animas Forks, an historic uninhabited town, is an attraction unto itself. Numerous buildings have been restored to near-period condition, and plentiful interpretive markers describe history of the structures and the persons who once inhabited them. Ample parking is available at Animas Forks, and there are public restrooms on the south end of the parking area.

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Route Information

Technical Rating:
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Waypoints

1. Trailhead at End of Pavement (0.00 mi)
Proceed straight on County Road 2. The trailhead is marked with a sign indicating the end of pavement.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 37.826972, -107.630568

Starting Point: Silverton

From Silverton: travel east on Main Street through downtown; turn right at the edge of town onto County Road 2. Follow County Road 2 as it curves toward the north. After two miles, the pavement ends. This is the trailhead.

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Trail Reviews (16)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Good weather and gorgeous fall colors for our trip this weekend. Trail is in good shape and made for a smooth drive. Avalanche debris is awesome to see with huge trees and rocks packed into the snow along the road.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Don’t let the “County Road” fool you. This is a beautiful road leading into some of the best jeep trails in the country. The remnants of the avalanche debris was pretty amazing to see.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Road is open and in good condition. The avalanche debris field is very impressive to say the least!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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The road is very busy, especially with inexperienced drivers using rental vehicles. The Jeep drivers are slow and the side by sides fast. Keep your eyes open. Many avalanches along the road, but the Grouse Gulch slide really in impressive. That snow will be around for many years.

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Status: Open
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Drove this up from Silverton in the afternoon as part of the Alpine loop. Camped in Animas on first night. Saw moose in lakes at start. Tons of downhill traffic as evening is started. Luckily most traffic passed on dusty road down low. The avalanche was awesome. Luckily we only had to stop once to let a side by side pass. Seemed like the most inexperienced drivers. Just dont be in a hurry and be patient

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Status: Open
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An aerial view of the avalanche. The single track through was causing some backups depending on the time of day with all the traffic trying to get past it.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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The county announced that County Road 2 is now open all the way. There is still snow and ice on the road and the snow on the side of the road is very tall.

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Status: Partially Open
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We found it closed just below Animas Forks after coming off California Pass.

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Status: Open
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San Juan County Road 2 is still closed. Animas Forks is accessible via County Road 110 to County Road 10 (along Cement Creek) then up to California and Hurricane Passes.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Impassable
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The county road is still closed in part due to the very large avalanche just below Animas Forks. You can access Animas Forks via Hurricane and California passes, but you then have to return the same way. The avalanche is massive to say the least. I was hearing 100 foot depth stories and found it hard to believe, until I saw it for myself from a mile away. These pictures were taken on the Engineer Alpine loop connector. This is the closest I got as there was no reason to travel closer as lots of other traffic was already doing that.

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Status: Open
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Given the previous comments, we stuck to an easy trail that starts off of SJCR2 between Silverton and Eureka (not listed in trailsoffroad.com). Typically this offshoot is easy, there's a very narrow shelf in places, but anything can get up it. However, there was a lot of seemingly innocuous snow that, alas, is not that easy to get through even in a capable 4x4. In what would normally be a trivial drive, we had to dig out in one place and then pull a stuck Jeep out of another. We hiked a bunch too, but you have to get creative in reaching your destination, if you can get there at all. But, the situation for SJCR2 hasn't changed from what I can tell.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
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From the county: Update on County Road 2 in San Juan County over in the Eureka area CR2 is now unable to be made passable in any reasonable amount of time. County road crews are working on clearing avalanche snow, rock, and tree debris from an alternate route. Hope to have safe passage in and out of the Eureka area sometime later today for passenger vehicles. Stay away from the waters, and DO NOT CROSS ROAD CLOSURES!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
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Per the US Forest Service County Road 2 is open to the Eureka Townsite. please be aware of snow clearing operations and there is still a very real risk of avalanches in the area. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sanjuan/maps-pubs/?cid=fsbdev3_002300

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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The valley where Animas Forks is it currently buried in up to 120 feet of snow. They have started plowing the area, but it may not open soon since the first priorities are to assess avalanche damage. There is no time estimate for when this could open this year.

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Status: Partially Open
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Great view and easy ride. However, the trail only open till Eureka.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Visited Animas Forks with an Isuzu group after driving Cinnamon Pass road. We used San Juan County Road 2 to return to Silverton.

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Writer Information

Tracy Barker

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tracy is an outdoor enthusiast originally from north Alabama. His family moved to central Utah when Tracy was a child, and subsequently to southern Utah, where he fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. His favorite activities are family trail rides and camping with small groups. He started many years ago in his dad's F-150 pickup truck, and subsequently his own 4x4 acquisition, a 1975 Ford Bronco (in 1991).
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