Oak Creek

Distance: 6.0 - 7.0 miles (round trip)

Uncompahgre National Forest, near Ouray in Southwest Colorado

Whitehouse Mountain from the Oak Creek Overlook

Whitehouse Mountain from the Oak Creek Overlook


Nice views of Hayden Mountain, Whitehouse Mountain and the Uncompahgre River Gorge are the highlights of this hike up pretty Oak Creek Canyon to an overlook on the southern flank of Twin Peaks.
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  • Distance: 6.0 miles (round trip) to Overlook
    7.0 miles (loop) to Silvershield via Loop
  • Elevation: 8,150-ft. at Trailhead
    10,640-ft. at Overlook
    10,760-ft. at Silvershield via Loop
  • Elevation Gain: 2,490-ft. to Overlook
    -3,120-ft. to Silvershield via Loop
  • Difficulty: strenuous
  • More Hikes in:
    Ouray / Southwest Colorado

Why Hike Oak Creek

The Oak Creek Trail is a good option if the weather precludes hiking in the high country. The trail, which starts in Ouray, provides a good workout and is a nice choice for parties trying to get acclimated. Fine views of the surround peaks and valleys, a pretty waterfall and some old mine tunnels add interest to the walk. From the overlook great views extend southeast down the Uncompahgre River Gorge. Hayden Mountain towers over the valley to the south while Whitehouse Mountain dominates the view to the west. To the east are the high peaks rising above the Amphitheater.

Continue the Oak Creek hike beyond the overlook by climbing over a low saddle and then descending the wooded hillsides on the north side of Twin Peaks to the Silvershield trail. The Silvershield trail descends to Oak Street, a mile to the north of downtown Ouray.

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile - Oak Creek Trail

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