Rock Of Ages #429

The Rock of Ages Trail #429 begins at the end of Forest Road #645 (Elk Creek Road).  In 2009, Colorado Mountain Club volunteers worked with the Forest Service to reroute this trail around private land in Silver Pick Basin in order to restore public access to Wilson Peak. This trail provides a popular route for those climbing Wilson Peak, Mount Wilson, and El Diente Peak in the Lizard Head Wilderness. The trail ascends through spectacular Elk Creek and Silver Pick basins, and ends at an elevation of 13,400 feet at the Rock of Ages Saddle.

Designated dispersed camping is available along Forest System Road 645(Elk Creek Road) as shown on the attached map. However, please note that camping is prohibited at the trailhead in order to protect adjacent meadow habitat.

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At a Glance

Open Season: July
Usage: Light
Best Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to hiking and horseback riding. Note: Horses are prohibited on the trail segment that crosses private land in Silver Pick Basin. See the trail map for details.
Closest Towns: Telluride, CO

General Information


From Telluride: Travel west on State Highway 145 for approximately 9 miles to Vanadium. Turn south onto County Road 60M, Silver Pick Road, and continue south for approximately 3.7 miles to the National Forest boundary. At the forest boundary CR 60M becomes Forest Service Road 622. Continue for about another 2.3 miles to the Wilson Mesa Trailhead on the west side of the road. Follow FSR #645, Elk Creek Road, for approximately 1.7 to the intersection with the Wilson Mesa Trail #421. Follow the Wilson Mesa Trail for approximately 0.5 miles to the intersection with the Rock of Ages Trail.


T. 42 N; R. 10 W; Section: 19. U.S.G.S. Maps: Little Cone & Gray Head. Latitude: N37.89, Longitude: W-108.00.


Mountain Climbing

This trail provides access to Wilson Peak.

Day Hiking


Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
3.7 miles

  Elevation : 
10,383 feet - 13,400 feet