As fate would have it, yes, I have Johnathan Ley's maps already. I happily donated, and then for another copy for one of my friends, too.
Silverton is a heck of a lot closer to Stone Pass than Lake City or Creede. That would leave out a huge chunk of the CDT in the Weminuche! But your point is made, that it would be much easier and shorter navigation for my wife that way. (5 hours instead of the 6.5 hours it would take to get to Silverton.) Perhaps I'm having an unhealthy obsession about doing the hike of all of the CDT in this segment. Well, I certainly have time to think it over, don't I?
From Creede I could go up Fern Creek to the divide, then turn south... Since I'd be abandoning the canonical CDT hike I could definitely hit the hot springs on my way through, and definitely still have time to keep trucking south through the San Juan Wilderness. Wolf Creek Pass and the nearby commercial campground are then a great bail-out option, or resupply point (if I can talk the better half into it). Then the pickup by my wife could be in Cumbres, also only a 4.5 hour drive from Colorado Springs.
This does, however, remove my bribery options: a spa stay in Ouray for the wife while we are in the area. :o)
Hmm... A lot to think about.