5 miles
Distance
425 ft
Climb
-2,532 ft
Descent
01:31:08
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Bear Creek Silverton Trail

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Coal Bank and Molas Pass
    Silverton, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Primitive
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #33360 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 85 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Old pack trail that is used by bikers and hardrock 100 racers occasionally. Highly recommended to start from the CT and go down. Top part is pretty overgrown with alpine willow. A bit of traversing and climbing takes you to a hunting camp in the beautiful putnam basin. Awesome riding above treeline to your west. Past the camp is probably to best section of downhill into the woods. Then its a lot of scree traversing thru seemingly endless rock gardens. Some old mining roads mark the end as you drop into mineral creek. Water level could be too high in early summer or after rains. Rumor has it the trail will be officially maintained and rerouted to finish at a bridge. Support the silverton singletrack society and make it happen

Access Info Restricted Access

This is not a recognized trail by the USFS. While this trail does get used it legally is a grey area. The USFS will review this trail in the next couple of years. Having this trail on a trail app encourages use. This trail crosses wetland areas and having numerous people use this route will jeopardize it's recognition as a designated trail in the future.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Bear Creek Silverton mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,107 ft
  • Altitude min
    9,417 ft
  • Altitude max
    11,543 ft
  • Altitude start
    11,527 ft
  • Altitude end
    9,420 ft
  • Grade
    -8.667%
  • Grade max
    -60.034%
  • Grade min
    37.002%
  • Distance climb
    4,627 ft
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    990 ft
  • Avg time
    01:31:08
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Status:
on Aug 7, 2020
Dry
Avg: 4 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      Bear Creek Silverton Trail Reports

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      Aug 7, 2020 @ 8:10am
      Aug 7, 2020
      Dec 2, 2019 @ 12:13pm
      Dec 2, 2019
      Snow Covered
      Dec 2, 2019 @ 12:02pm
      Dec 2, 2019
      Snow covered, likely open late June 2020
      Aug 20, 2018 @ 7:10am
      Aug 20, 2018
      Riding awesome. Silverton Singletrack society cleared a TON of willows, and its in the best shape its ever been. Its now easy to find the trail,...
      Aug 3, 2018 @ 12:01pm
      Aug 3, 2018
      one tree down maybe. top overgrown and lots of scree traversing
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      Jul 4, 2012 @ 9:41pm
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      Jul 4, 2012 @ 9:40pm
      Jul 4, 2012
      | 1 comments
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      Oct 9, 2011 @ 12:14am
      Oct 9, 2011
      | 1 comments

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      Djangodurango (Sep 10, 2020 at 15:36)
       The top part is super fun, with some steep but short climbs and the beginning of some flow (with a fun steep or two to keep you on your toes. However, the middle three miles is extremely chunky (large rock sidehilling) before picking up to some fun flow down near the bottom. If you're looking for an adventure ride, do it. If you're looking for an easy ride, find something else!
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