Alta to Sunshine Trail is a 7.1 mile out and back trail located near Telluride, CO. The trail is rated as difficult offers a number of activity options.
I drove up to Alta Lakes to set up camp July 4th weekend. It was rainy and therefore the drive up was muddy -- and pretty nerve-wracking. As soon as I got up there, I went over a big dip and honestly thought I might end up stuck up by the lakes...
It was also very cold -- much colder than down in Telluride (and this was only at 2pm). I ended up not camping here, however, it was a gorgeous place!
Spectacular descent on rogue singletrack trails from the ghost town of Alta to the highway. Cross the highway and pick up the Sunshine Trail for another 1500 vertical foot descent through aspens. You end up on the Illium Road, and an easy climb takes you back to Telluride.