Silver Creek Road

Walden, Colorado (Jackson County)

Last Updated: 06/27/2020
4.9 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 6.15 miles
Highest Elevation: 10280 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Walden
Nearest Town w/ Services: Walden
Official Road Name: 780
Management Agency: Routt National Forest
District: Parks Ranger District


Highlight: Silver Creek Road
Water and water-crossings highlight Silver Creek Road which travels from the base of Owl Mountain eastward toward the Continental Divide at the edge of the Never Summer Wilderness Area. The terrain is rugged, heavily forested, and wet, but the views of the peaks in the wilderness area make this trip a worthwhile adventure. Winter ends late and begins early in this part of the high country. The trail is often saturated from the late snow melt or the typical afternoon showers during the summer.


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1. Silver Creek Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail proceeds east from Jackson County Road #21 (AKA USFS 740). A large sign points out the trail’s start, making the trailhead easy to find. Silver Creek Road is open to all types of transportation including 4WD, ATV, UTV, horseback and bicycles. You could encounter any of these along the trail. Dispersed camping is common just past the start of this trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Gould, Colorado

Turn South from Colorado Hwy 14 onto Jackson County Road #21 for 3.7 miles. The trail heads off to the east and is marked by a wooden road sign.



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Tim Palmer

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the community furthers that goal as well. A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg
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