|Campground and site #1 with best views of surrounding mtns|
Even though pregnancy has slowed me down this summer, I was determined to camp at least once this season; even with the holidays crowds we hit the road to camp north of Silverthorne Colorado. After looking into the Green Mountain Res area, I found a more secluded campground southwest of the reservoir which had lots of trails nearby and hoped we could find a site there. We drove out Friday afternoon, arriving at the campground near 6pm and there was just one spot left! We felt very fortunate to get a site, although it ended up being mosquito infested and made for a weekend of swatting bugs and spending more time in the camper than usual; but it was worth it!
Getting there: From the front range head out I-70 west to Silverthorne Colorado, exit at the Silverthorne exit and take highway 9 north out of Silverthorne for 16.5 miles. Turn left on Heeney Road #30. Continue for 5.4 miles to County Road 1725 and turn left (the left turn is almost a big U-turn to start heading up the dirt road). The campground is about 2.5 miles up the bumpy dirt road and it's very easy to find. There is NOT any noticeable free forest service camping along this road, much of it is public land, and many 'no camping' signs are posted. Large RV's and campers would not be able to easily turn around on this dead end road.
|Site #5 and the field next to the site filled with wildflowers|
Site # 5 and our Chalet! We spent more time in the Chalet than we normally would have due to the large number of mosquitoes that persisted in biting us all throughout the day. I don't know if our site was just the bad one for bugs, or if the other campers nearby had this problem as well. Bring your best bug spray when camping by the river!
Views as we walked up the road to the trailheads nearby. Click here for my hiking report of the Cataract Lake Loop.
Wildflowers are in full bloom with the wet season we have had! There were more flowers here than I have seen in Colorado, above are some yellow daisies and purple wildflowers.