Silver Creek Cliffs

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8.9 km
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420 m
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The trek to the Silver Creek Cliffs is an 8.9 km out-and-back hiking route that will take you up to the edge of the cliffs with amazing views looking out over the Silver Spring Lakes and Mount Broadwood in the backdrop. The trail has a moderate incline, but the terrain is relatively easy to traverse, making this a great family hike with spectacular views. Ensure to wear proper hiking footwear, as there are some loose gravel/rocks on the trail that can be tough on the ankles.

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Route Description for Silver Creek Cliffs

If you are short on time and can only afford to complete one hike in the Elko area, then the trek to the Silver Creek Cliffs should be number one on your list. The trail climbs uphill through a mix of light forest and exposed terrain until you arrive at the scenic viewpoint overlooking the canyon. From here, hikers will have a great sightline down to the pristine waters of the Silver Spring Lakes, as well as a number of prominent mountain peaks in the backdrop that include Mount Broadwood, Windfall, and Overfold mountains to the east. This trail is an exciting adventure that produces some absolutely stunning views for the moderate amount of effort involved in completing it.

Getting to the Silver Creek Cliffs Trailhead

To reach the trailhead for the Silver Creek Cliffs from Elko, drive southeast on Cascade Street for 300 m and turn left onto River FSR. Continue on for 450 m, where you will find the trailhead on the right.

Route Information

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  • Backcountry Campsites


  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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