Cinammon Pass Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Cinammon Pass Trail is a 28.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lake City, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

28.9 miles 7453 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

walking

views

wild flowers

rocky

South half of the famous Alpine Loop This trail, combined with Engineer Pass constitutes the famous Alpine Loop. The western half of the trip passes many historic points and climbs to outstanding views. Side trip up Wager Gulch takes you to Carson Ghost Town. Cinnamon Pass Road also accesses beautiful American Basin, one of the best places in the area for wildflowers. There's a large staging area for unlicensed vehicles soon after the pavement ends on C.R. 30 if starting from Lake City as described here. Mostly on BLM land. For current conditions contact the San Juan Mountains Center in Silverton at (970) 387-5530 (closed in winter). Most of this trail is easy; however, the western half is steep and rocky in a few places. The side trip up Wager Gulch is slightly more difficult. All roads, when dry, are suitable for any stock 4x4 SUV with moderate ground clearance. The side trip up American Basin is borderline difficult.

off road driving
3 years ago

Jeeped this one as part of the Alpine Loop. Not too hard, but some tricky switchbacks here and there. I always recommend people not take stock 4x4 vehicles on these mountain passes; rent a proper Jeep or ATV. But if you think you can do it, don't let me stop you. I just think it's a bad idea. Definitely no passenger cars....that's just plain dumb.

off road driving
3 years ago

Jeeped this one as part of the Alpine Loop. Not too hard, but some tricky switchbacks here and there. I always recommend people not take stock 4x4 vehicles on these mountain passes; rent a proper Jeep or ATV. But if you think you can do it, don't let me stop you. I just think it's a bad idea. Definitely no passenger cars....that's just plain dumb.

scenic driving
3 years ago

Scenic high country trail, above the timberline. The road is fairly well maintained, for the amount of traffic that is on it.

off road driving
4 years ago

Beautiful trail scenery. Easy drive. Vehicle is a 2008 Polaris Ranger xp EFI le. Had lunch at american gulch. Cold as all getout at the top. Lots of wind and some snow flurries.