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The Oak Creek / Silvershield Upper Loop


Continue past the overlook as the trail switchbacks to the left. In another 0.1 mile, the trail comes to a second overlook with good views. The high point, 10,700 feet, is reached in another 0.1 mile in an area of heavy deadfall. The trail descends through a beautiful forest with evidence of large herds of deer and elk. A viewpoint looking north up the valley is 0.2 mile farther. The Oak Creek Trail ends in 2.5 miles at a junction with the Silvershield Trail. Descending, on the Silvershield Trail, another 1.1 miles takes you to the River Road; then by heading south, you can return to the Oak Creek trailhead in about 2 miles to complete a 9.0 mile loop.