For anyone planning on visiting Hinsdale County/Lake City area, be aware of the following road closures. Visit this link for more details. Click Here For the San Juan National Forest click here to be taken to a page on their site that has road closure information. Currently there is no off-road/primitive site camping allowed along the South Mineral Creek FS585 out of SIlverton. Do your research before leaving. Many areas commonly accessible by this time of year are still closed! Check other National Forest websites for additional information.
UN 13,811, along with UN 13,832 are two Top 100 summits that are often overlooked by climbers who are more interested in the nearby 14ers, Sunshine and Redcloud. Both 13,832 & 13,811 are easy Class 2 summits. The route covers a lot of high tundra with only minor rock, talus, or rubble to deal with. The Silver Creek Trailhead out of Lake City can be reached by many passenger vehicles, carefully driven, but something with a little higher clearance is preferable.