Picayune & Placer Gulch
Location: San Juan Mountains
Directions: Outside Silverton, take C.R. 110, turn left on tight switchback at 10.6 miles
Time: Approximately 1-2 hours, one-way. About 6.5 miles.
As soon as you make that first switchback, you are on a steep incline, but it’s a fun one to drive! To the left you’ll see the mining buildings of the Treasure Mountain Gold Mining Company. At almost 1.5 miles into the drive you’ll begin the climb up Treasure Mountain and will soon begin dropping down into Placer Gulch. At about 6.5 miles you will see the trail turnoff for California Gulch, turning left will take you over California Pass and Hurricane Pass, and turning right will take you to the ghost town of Animas Forks.