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off road driving
2 days ago

Fantastic drive. Lots to see. People are polite

Have you ever heard of the boy who cried wolf getting eaten?
Don't try to take your 2wd low clearance rental car up this one, you may have to back up 50ft straight.
Class 3 scrambling? It actually exists and you can learn what it is on this trail. Some very exposed maneuvers, try to stay on the shale going up and don't trust any rock regardless of size.
Remember the dirt roads you took up to the actual trailhead sign, you'll see many options going downward.

As for my hike, it took me 3.5 hours to summit from where I parked, 6 miles down. Coming down was a lot faster, but I spent a lot of time enjoying the area so no accurate time. Somehow the waterfalls were ignored by everyone but me. They made the area way more than just a crowded 14er for me.
It was an unending stairclimber until it became a climb instead of a hike.
Start early to avoid the crowds renting Jeeps. 8:30am summit, a few other people. 9am, a dozen with more on their way up.

Side rant: A jerk on a dirtbike thought he had the right of way going up on my side of the road because his side had jagged rocks. He saw me from plenty far enough away to stop, instead he sped up and yelled "get out of the way." If only I had a rock to fill that small piece of road... Keep in mind, I was getting off to the side of the road for Jeeps going down.
Don't be a duche, vehicles and exhausted hikers going down have the right of way, especially on their side of the road!

off road driving
4 days ago

Best trail that I know of in the area! The trail itself is more challenging than others, which I appreciate, and the views are amazing!

This was definitely a tough hike! If you don’t have a high-clearance vehicle be prepared to hike about 7-8 miles in & out. Once you finally get to the actual trail, there’s a deceiving sign that says 1.2 miles to the summit—it’s pretty much a straight incline up the full 1.2 miles and there are rocks/boulders that fall while you’re hiking up. Since the hike is so steep, the rocks slip constantly so we recommend a helmet, like some people had, and possibly hiking poles for the trip back down. Heading back down was honestly the hardest part because it puts a lot of stress on your knees. There are several false summits so be prepared! When you finally reach the top & are close to the summit, you’ll have to scramble through a tight notch to reach the actual summit. Get someone to help you because that part can be tricky—especially if you’re hiking alone. All in all, it’s a beautiful mountain & I promise you’ll remember the hike forever.

off road driving
7 days ago

Great views. Can be tricky with loose rock and off camber sections. Worth the time.

Challenging hike/ climb, but one of my favorite 14-ers ever. Beautiful views and totally worth it. Be prepared to climb/ scramble.

Great trail. Scenic and a good trail for your first one.

on Corkscrew Gulch

off road driving
9 days ago

Did this as a 4x4 tour. Lots of fun, want to come back and drive it myself.

off road driving
10 days ago

Easy driving trail. Several places to pass. Maybe one moderate area near top but nothing crazy. I like doing this trail in the evening, great sunsets make for amazing pictures.

off road driving
11 days ago

Went early and avoided tourist traffic. Easy 2wd until the last ¼ and hen aired down and put in 4 hi most of the time. A few spots needed 4 low and we stayed in low most of the way down during the steep part. Great hiking and views at the top. Next time we are there we’ll try some of the basins to the south of the trail. Stock Sahara, 32 AT no lift.

off road driving
11 days ago

Cruises up the first chunk to the bathrooms. Amazing views, not too crowded. All types of vehicles including a mountain biker crushing it uphill. Understandable why this is a popular trail. Continued to California Gulch onto animus forks. It got pretty busy after that.

off road driving
12 days ago

Did this trail in my Jeep from the West side - starting off of 550. Talking to people who came up from Lake City and looking over the map, this route is much steeper but a lot of fun. A couple of off camber shelf stretches that were a little hair raising but not that many people till the top. Great drive, well worth it

off road driving
14 days ago

Drive from Ouray to Telluride. Started out very easy and gradually got to moderate. Lower portion was along a stream. Climbed above tree line and trail continued as moderate. Summit was over 13,000 feet Trail off summit toward Telluride was a bit tricky, very narrow and didn’t want to meet up with anyone climbing. Once down from summit was a easier drive. Abandoned mine was very interesting and a lot to explore. Also portapotties were there. From ruins to Telluride there was a lot of afternoon traffics, again had to watch for places to meet other drivers. Switchbacks on the trail made it more challenging. Drive most of time in high range. High ground clearance was a must.

off road driving
14 days ago

Entered from Lake City. Best park of the trail was the high altitude and breathtaking vistas. Seemed like a lot of the train was above trees. The view of the mining camp was especially wonderful. Climbing in low range, otherwise high range drive. Took the trail to Silverton once we got down.

off road driving
14 days ago

Went west to east. There's a bit of climbing early on then it gets extremely narrow, steep, and you're bouncing over relatively large rocks. I was carrying a lot of extra weight with camping gear in my 4runner so that climb was a slow, steady pace. After you get over the pass you're quickly on an easy minivan road.

off road driving
14 days ago

I just drove this trail last month and its super pretty and a really fun drive. Bad news is that the trail south of the intersection of CR31 and CR31A (the jumbled intersection on the map) has been washed out in a landslide and doesn't exists anymore.. In addition CR31 has a large locked gate crossing it as you make the sharp turn north to head back up to the Million Dollar Highway. This makes the trails just a quick out and back but it is still absolutely worth exploring and taking a drive on.

off road driving
14 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! Had a bear sighting near Animas Fork. Drove a lot of it in the rain with no issues.

Easy driving with amazing views. The ghost town was so cool. There are also a few vault toilets along the way.

This is a TOUGH hike with a short bit of Class 3 climbing required. Straight up the steepest face of boulders and scree I can recall.
Nearly everyone had trekking poles, and I found myself very jealous of that as I scrambled down excruciatingly slowly. Bring poles. Lean on them every step of descent. Get down to the upper trailhead in 1 hour instead of 2 like me.
The summit was worth the effort.

Steep elevation gain after trail sign. Had to park at lower trail head (upper section is a legit 4wd road. Saw a Tacoma get stuck and towed out). South slope is steep but solid when we did it early morning. The gully is fun bouldering on the right. depending on which side you take it’s fairly stable rocks. The v notch has solid hand holds and is mostly a mental game pretty easy to get through depending on your size. Final push has some exposure but nothing that is extreme. Strenuous climb but views are amazing.

off road driving
18 days ago

I used to use this for mountain biking and now that I use a 4wd this mapping works just as good if not better than some of the paid apps.

off road driving
19 days ago

Jeeped to the top. Narrow in places Parked and hiked to the lake. Nice hike, little heart pumping for sea level folks. Loved it will do it again.

off road driving
20 days ago

off road driving
21 days ago

I’d rate easy. Came off another trail and used it to drive to Silverton.

off road driving
21 days ago

Amazing trail. Combined with other trails and rode from 8 am to 6 pm. The ride to the summit was spectacular. A large part of the trail is above the tree line with incredible views. Trail was easy to drive was in high range about 1/3 of time and mostly used low to control decent and navigate rocks.

off road driving
21 days ago

Drove most of Trail in high range. Climbed during rain, so used low range to negotiate some rocky areas. There are two lakes, and the trail ends at the second lake. Map shows it going past, but map is wrong. Abandon mine about 2/3 up, entrance blocked with boulders.

off road driving
21 days ago

Easy access from Silverton. First half trail steep, but maintained. Last third narrow and more loose rocks and washes. Closed mine at end and two spurs braking off. Left toward summit, caution loose rocks, narrow and some debris piles. Watch for others too narrow to pass by. Right to another mine. Again narrow, loose rocks and debris with off camber approach leaving Jeep toward ledge. Drove up and down in 4 low. Overall moderate trail, rain or snow would make it very hard.

backpacking
21 days ago

With amazing views, many camping options, rock climbing, ghost towns, rock hunting, and a trail list to keep you busy for a week. Don't forget your wrench!

off road driving
22 days ago

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