Chloride Canyon

Total Miles
157.7

Elevation

2,923.32 ft

Duration

8 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This route is full of mining history. The canyon road crosses Chloride Creek more than 100 times, and depths will change due to snow melt. This route crosses the Continental Divide 3 times. Camping options vary from an RV park with full hookups, multiple established campgrounds with vault toilets and potable water or dispersed sites along the way. Snow Lake provides CDT trail hiking, fishing and wildlife views from camp. A chainsaw and multiple straps for tree removal is recommended. Sections may have very deep mud holes for extended lengths. Most of this route will close during winter. There are two lookout towers along the route.

Photos of Chloride Canyon

Chloride Canyon
Chloride Canyon
Chloride Canyon

Difficulty

Most of the route is easy when dry. Tree removal is to be expected. Heavy rains or thaw can make most of the route impassable.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Roger M
Mar 30, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
We started out in Chloride heading west, the road had recently been graded so wasn't bad at all. lots of water crossings not washed out at all. went all the way to Road 52 near Beaver Head then turned around as we are on an ATV not suited for paved roads. saw deer and lots of turkey. about 80 miles overall.
Hector Rodriguez
Mar 02, 2024
2020 Jeep Gladiator
Open
Came in from the west end of the trail. Trail recently graded. Multiple creek crossing. Rocky, muddy, ruted and dry spots. Ended up having to turn around here 33.45033, -108.29980 due to snow patches that had iced over.
Casey Door
Dec 30, 2023
4x4
Open
Open from Chloride to State Highway 59. Snow and mud on the North end of the trail.
Robert Coville
Nov 04, 2023
4x4
Temporarily Closed

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