Whitehead (674)

Located mostly in the Weminuche Wilderness, Whitehead Trail #674 provides a 1.3 mile link between Continental Divide Trail #813 (12,600 feet) and Highland Mary Trail #606, then continues another 7 miles to Deer Park area near Silverton. Most of the Whitehead Trail is above timberline, so navigation with a compass is best. Parts of this trail are hard to follow.

The alpine meadows are full of blooming wildflowers in late July and August. Water is abundant, but should be purified due to problems with Giardia. As with all high-altitude areas, storms can move in rapidly, bringing severe lightning and rain, snow, and/or hail. Plan accordingly and please tread lightly.

  • Distance (one-way): 9.3 miles
  • Minimum elevation: 11,600 feet (Deer Park)
  • Maximum elevation: 12,800 feet

At a Glance

Best Season: Summer and Fall
Restrictions: Part of this trail is located in the Weminuche Wilderness. Please review the full list of  Wilderness Regulations which include the following:
  • Possession of motorized equipment or motorized means of transport are not permitted.
  • Mechanized means of transport are not permitted (mountain bikes).
  • Flying drones is not permitted over congressionally designated wilderness areas or primitive areas as many people seek these places for the opportunities for solitude and quiet that they provide.
  • Group size is limited to 15 people.
  • Combination of people and stock = 25.
  • Dogs under control.
  • No unattended campfires.
  • Camping is not allowed within 100 feet of any water source.
  • Outfitter-guides who receive any form of compensation must obtain a special-use permit to operate on public land.
  • Check trailhead signs or Forest Service Offices for site-specific camping, campfire, and livestock regulations.
  • Practice leave no trace ethics.
Closest Towns: Silverton, CO
Water: Purification recommended
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace
Information Center: Columbine Ranger District

General Information


From Silverton, CO: From Green Street in Silverton, turn south onto 14th, following the road eastward across the bridge and onto Kendall Mountain Road, CR 33. Around 3.5 miles, the road splits with one road heading to Kendall Peak and one going to Deer Park. Take the Deer Park Road (the right fork) for about 6 miles. The trailhed is on the right. Parking is limited, and 4WD with clearance is strongly recommended. 

Whitehead Trail can also be reached from the following trails:


Day Hiking

Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
4.0 miles

  Elevation : 
11,600' - 12,800'