| FR260 Silver Lakes Road
From the name you might
suspect some spectacular Albert Bierstadt
painting scenery. But words can be deceiving.
The map shows a lake or two next to the road.
But they are not silver, neither do they have
public access (that I could find). There are
three more lakes at some distance from the
road. This lonely, winding dirt road connects
Alamosa Canyon with the valley of the Conejos
River over a pleasant forested divide, and
some wonderful rolling mountain scenery at the
top. It's an alternative to Stunner
. It may look like it is shorter on
the map, but since it winds around like a
snake on acid, this perception is erroneous.
It also reaches roughly the same elevation as
Stunner Pass. The road surface on this route
is perfect for fast aerobic cycling all the
way: no washboard, no sand, no rocks.
NORTH: west end of Terrace Reservoir
2.(8780ft,mile04.3)profile truns left
onto Silver Lakes Rd
3.(10550ft,mile12.9)TOP: Silver Lakes Rd
4.(9790ft,mile16.0)profile turn left
onto FR250, coming down from Stunner
5.(8660ft,mile36.7)START-END SOUTH: jct
FR250 with Co17, over Cumbres Pass
From North. The
turnoff onto Silver Lakes Road happens between
the Alamosa Canyon National Forest campground
and Jasper, and it is signed. The road crosses
Alamosa Creek on a wooden bridge. After a few
miles of gentle curvy climbing the namesake
appears. A large symbol of a barricade states
"Silver Lake Trout Fishing Club - private
property" ( or something to that effect ). It
stands in front of a forested lake, that - from
its appearance - could just as well be somewhere
in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.
The beauty of this road is that it
never goes straight, and the slope never stays
the same. It is in a constant state of flux.
What looks like the fist summit is a small open
meadow. What looks like the second summit turns
out to be the start of a hilly forest section.
Here a picturesque cliff comes into view: Red
Mountain (12018ft). The real summit comes at a
point where several closed roads branch off. The
spot is completely enclosed in forest
From South (described
downwards). On this side however the trees
become a little sparser and show off Red
Mountain from the other side. A quick descend
meets FR250 on the Conejos River at a wide spot.
A Dayride with this point as
intermediate summit is on page: Stunner Pass
Silver Lake Rd s(u)
Highest Point: 10550ft
|west end of Terrace
|jct FR250 with Co17,
over Cumbres Pass (8660ft)