Nestled in Georgetown, Colorado, the Silver Creek Trail is a grueling experience even for the most seasoned riders. Following a historic mining route used to haul silver ore from Silver City to Georgetown, the trail offers a mix of technical singletrack and demanding terrains. With a distance of 5 miles and labeled as a difficult out-and-back trail, this is no place for the faint of heart.
- Distance: 5 miles
- Level: Difficult
- Route Type: Out & Back
- City: Georgetown
- State: Colorado
Getting There: Exit #228 on I-70 west of Denver will lead to Georgetown. Park at the Visitor's Center on the right after passing under the overpasses.
Technical Aspects of the Trail
Navigating the Route
- Starting Point: Return to the street where you drove into Georgetown and head SW until you reach a 4-way intersection. Continue straight, crossing over Clear Creek.
- Initial Path: After 2-3 blocks, a T-intersection leads to Main St. Go left and continue straight until Main St turns into Saxton Mountain Road. Look for the sign indicating Silver Creek Trail.
Challenges and Hazards
- High Cliff Exposure: The trail mostly runs along a thin mountain ledge beside a wall.
- Obstructed Path: Fallen trees and landslides have made certain portions almost impassable.
- Expert-Level Technicality: Expect sandy, eroded terrain and minor technical spots that demand your full attention.
User Experience and Recommendations
- Risk and Noise: The trail is close to I-70, so expect both traffic noise and inherent risks.
- Limited Appeal: Best suited for those seeking a smooth recovery ride or those already in the area. Otherwise, not particularly compelling.
- Warnings: Slow down as the trail is also frequented by runners and some turns can be unexpectedly sharp.
- Trail is especially enjoyable for those on a single-speed bike.
- Not ideal for climbing or descending as it's mostly level terrain.
- Trail ends at a 4x4 road; options to connect with Dumont or Lawson are available.
Silver Creek Trail is a short, yet highly demanding and potentially perilous route that challenges your technical riding skills while exposing you to the mining history of Colorado. For riders who relish cliff exposure and technicality, this trail delivers. However, the challenges do not necessarily translate into a universally compelling experience; the trail caters to a very specific type of rider. Proceed with caution, respect other users, and always, always keep your wits about you.