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From the "Y" interchange on US550 just west of Silverton, continue south on US550 past the convenience store/gas station. The highway first heads NW to a switchback and thereafter, heads mostly south for Molas Pass. From the aforementioned intersection, it's appx. 4.5 miles to the trailhead parking. It comes just shortly after the terrain around the highway begins to open up and there is no longer a pronounced cliff band on the right hand side. The trailhead is an unofficial, dirt road turnoff on the west (right) side of the highway. There is another 4WD track that turns off in the same direction, just before the one we suggest. The road we suggest leads to some primitive camping sites and continues north as a jeep track for some distance, staying on the edge of the trees and just east of a utility line. When we climbed these summits in 2001, we actually parked farther north along US550 and walked west across the highway and scrambled up through the cliff band. That access has been posted as Private Property in recent years, hence, the access we are now suggesting. Watch for any Private Property signs and respect. If you end up at the turnoff for Molas Lake and the Town of Silverton Campground, you've gone too far. Turn around and drive back 1.3 miles to the trailhead.
If coming from Durango, you will need to drive north on US550 and go over both Coal Bank Pass and Molas Pass. The trailhead is 1.3 miles past the turnoff for Molas Lake and the Town of Silverton Campground at Molas Lake. It is on the west (left) side of the highway.
There are several camping opportunities in the immediate area. There is a National Forest fee campground at Little Molas Lake with vault toilets but no drinking water or trash service. There's also the Molas Lake Campground Park operated by the Town of Silverton. This facility has about 50 campsites that accommodate campers, trailers and tents. Showers are available for a fee.
In addition to these, farther away is the South Mineral Creek area and campground NW of Silverton. There are also a number of primitive sites in the vicinity of Molas Lake and at the trailhead. Take your pick. Andrews Lake only allows day use.