|Even on a cloudy day like this, the vistas from the rocky top of Silver Mountain are splendid. This is the view toward the west.|
This splendid mountain-top lookout has been preserved from erosion by a cap of resistant granite. It's reached by a trail that's mostly stairs, enough to leave visitors huffing and pufing as they near the top. The vista looks across old-growth hardwood forests.
The mountain's name comes from a mid-19th century unsucessful silver mine bored horizontally from its base. You can see the mine's entrance to the left of the stairway.
A fire tower used to stand on the summit. The land is managed in cooperation with the USDA with wilderness ethics in mind.
|From a separate rocky peak of the mountain is a view northeast of Prickett Lake 2.5 miles away. Prickett is actually an artificial reservoir of the Sutrgeon River created by a dam to generate electricity.|
The parking area is off FR 2270, four miles northwest of the Sturgeon Falls trailhead. Once at the parking lot, you can either take the stairway path up or a natural path to the left.
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