The Off-Road Highway to Heaven, Kendall Mt, Silverton Colo!
The 4×4 trail up Kendall Mountain
To tell the truth I was a bit anxious about driving this particular 4×4 road located near Silverton, Colorado. Partially because of the photo located in the headline above. There is just something about this view, that just makes you stand back and think Holy Sh_ _ ! I have headed up this off-road trail a couple of times on tour but usually ran short of time about Timberline, and, not knowing how much further it was, turned back. Working tours out of Telluride tends to limit what I can explore around Silverton, Colorado but I usually try to explore one side road whenever I do a LONG all day trip in that direction. But this road has always been on my Bucket List (really, check it out)!
Almost to the Top of the Kendall Mt 4×4 road
So after finally almost making it to the top of the Kendall Mt 4×4 road near Silverton, Colo with John Dixon, close enough to walk because of a snow field, as part of our grand adventure, I saw for myself that this was a real doable off-road trail. But it was all the way in August right before the Telluride Film Fest that I was able to put together a trip with my Film Fest regulars Diane and Lynda to include a trip to the top of Kendall Mountain near Silverton, Colo!
How to find the Kendall Mountain off road trail near Silverton CO.
If you are coming in to Silverton, Co from Highway 550, you will be turning right on 14th street just past the city building. Then straight until you cross the Animas River on a Bridge, then follow the road to the right up the side of the mountain.
Butter and Eggs Wild Flowers
Before you start to climb there is a good chance you will view some Butter and Eggs Wildflowers, that is truly a Yellow Wild Snapdragon.
What I like best about exploring 4×4/off-road trails.
I love exploring 4×4/offroad trails because of what you see just around the next turn, and if this is for the first time all the better. So around the next corner we find, WTF! Is this a old railroad car? I do remember as a kid that railroads used to have sales of old stock and folks would turn them into Cabins,storage sheds etc. The caboose was the best catch as they would make a great cabin.
Up and Up the offroad trail
So just keep heading up, as the Mountain Gazette likes to say “when in doubt, go higher” until you find the Y in the road way above Timberline and at a significant old mine portal. This is where the 4×4/off-road trail makes a hard left, then up a tight S turn as you start the last pull to the top. This little squiggly section is the most difficult part of this whole trip and you will see that it isn’t all that hard after all.
The Kendall Mountain 4×4/off-road Trail above Silverton, Colorado continues soon!