Location: San Juan Mountains
Directions: Outside Silverton, take C.R. 110 to Gladstone, go left at C.R. 10
Time: Approximately 1 hour, one-way. Only 5 miles.
There’s several ways you can get to this trail, but my favorite starting point is from Silverton and ending up back on Highway 550 at the ghost town of Ironton. The road climbs and switchbacks quickly and it opens up and you’re treated to some beautiful views to your right as you hug the mountain on your left.
Photo Opp: When you reach the summit, make sure to drive the small road that shoots off at the top, as it brings you to an in-your-face view of Red Mountain.
The ride down is steep, but easy, and you end up at Highway 550 (Million Dollar Highway) midway between Silverton and Ouray. To your left is the ghost town of Ironton. Don’t miss this!