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Ophir Telluride Map
off road driving
1 day ago

easy. beautiful.

2 days ago

This is such a lovely trail with gentle up and downhill sections. It can be accessed from Navajo Basin Trail or closer to Telluride at the parking area marked “Kilpacker “ which is where we started. I think this is why our trail map is so different from the sites.

Beautiful !

13 days ago

Awesome hike. Scramble up the saddle and drop into island and ice lakes.

off road driving
16 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
22 days ago

off road driving
1 month ago

Nice trail. Beautiful views and easy drive. Bring a camera.

Enjoyed this trail! Beautiful and felt comfortable the entire time!

off road driving
1 month ago

Drove this pass 4th of July, went over to Silverton from Telluride and back. Great trip! There are very large and pointy rocks on the shelf in several spots, so I was pretty concerned about my tires. My rig handled it fine though. I drive an all wheel drive Yukon. Beautiful photo ops.

The start of the trail is accurate, and we drove (high clearance 4x4) up to a gate prior to the true trailhead.

Followed what seems to be an old mining/now USFS road all the way up past marshlands (past cairn-designated trail off to the right that shows on this app but is not named) into the basin before realizing we were actually on a local single track trail. Could not find the shown Swamp Canyon trail past this point - The single track turns back toward Ophir Pass and we wanted to go further up the basin to summit the pass and look over to Island Lake. So we bushwhacked up to the point where we ran across the previous cairn-designated trail we’d decided against.

Following this up to the pass, the last mile is loose scree. The scramble up and over the pass is exactly that - take a hard look at it! We spent over an hour getting up and down this short section and while the views are beautiful, it wasn’t exactly safe or designated route. There’s a reason the highlighted Swamp Canyon trail ends well before the summit of the pass!

Overall, beautiful adventure of a morning. Tons of wildflowers, columbine everywhere in the lower meadows, lots of waterfalls and creeks flowing.

off road driving
2 months ago

Trail open for the season. As others mentioned not to technical but driving a skinny rocky trail and meeting oncoming traffic can be intimidating for novice drivers and passengers

We should have turned around sooner. We were ill prepared for such snowy conditions. It would have been great for skis or snow shoes but not hiking despite the description that says it’s good in March. I’m sure it’s awesome in the summer.

off road driving
5 months ago

I have done this trail several times, I live near Chicago and drive to CA every year for business. Every year I do some trails in route and Ophir, usually my first of the season. It is a good road for me to get my off road juices flowing for the rest of the trip, it is easy, scenic & fun.

off road driving
7 months ago

Fun jeep trail. Not technical but the drop offs can be intimidating for people who aren't used it.

10 months ago

Beautiful views, fun trail even during this “off” time.

Great trail!
Comments about Alltrails description:
Trailhead is close to Telluride; nowhere near Cahone.
Dolores River is near trailhead, but trail goes away from river.
Alltrails, and National Geographic map of Telluride area, show Cross Mountain Trail ending at Lizard Head Trail below Lizard Head Peak. But Forest Service sign at junction shows the trail that continues left (west) from the junction to be continuation of "Cross Mountain Trail."
You can't find Cross Mountain Trail on Alltrails by searching for that name, but only by searching for Lizard Head Wilderness.
As I said, spectacular trail. One to three inches of new snow. I saw 18 day hikers, many doing loop from Lizard Head Pass, but I was only over-nighter.

11 months ago

To access the trailhead go to mile marker 42.7 om hiway 145, about 3 miles south of Rico. On the east side of the road is a nondescript dirt road entry. Go 0.2 miles up the road to an obvious wood trail marker for "Ryman Creek Tr #735".
The first mile of this loop trail is quite pleasant and has a vertical rise of about 300'. It ascends through a beautiful valley adjacent to the creek.
At one mile in you'll come to a trail bifurcation for either Upper Ryman trail or Lower Ryman trail #734. We chose Upper Ryman trail as we wanted to do the "climbing" part of the hike first. Well, we were not disappointed!! For the next 3 miles it's nothing but up on a severely eroded trail that lacks switch backs and flat goes straight up the mountain. The 3 mile grunt had us topping out with another 1,500' vertical. However, what a beautiful hike through coniferous and Aspen forest.
We knew we had topped out when we came upon another wooden sign saying " Lower Ryman Trail 734". It was very confusing what trail the sign was referencing as the Upper Ryman trail, which is well worn, continued on past the sign steadily gaining more altitude. We were using the AllTrails app on our iPhone and it pointed us down the hill BEHIND the sign, even though there is no distinct trail here unlike the Upper Ryman trail. We saw several rock cairns down the hill so we took the apps advice and headed down the hill.
As we made our way down the hill the lower Ryman trail occasionally appeared, so we kept on tract with the AllTrails app. The next 2 miles of descent were basically bushwhacking since the trail was severely overgrown with flora, a testament to the very wet spring and summer in this area. We were fortunate in that several horse back riders had been through the area and had trampled down the vegetation and had left horse poop "cairns" to mark the path. The forest and vegetation were very thick towards the lower part of the trail near the creek so it was slow going but manageable.
After the 2 miles of bushwhacking the trails finally emerged and we were headed back to the trail bifurcation.
This is a difficult hike but very worth it. We saw absolutely no one else the whole time we were out there, unlike in Durango where we had to share the trails with multitudes of other hikers, loose dogs, and mountain bikers!
Alltrails app was awesome in keeping us on the trail and kept us from getting lost! Highly recommend it! In that vein if you decide to do the Lower Ryman trail first the AllTrails app will be instrumental in guiding you the the junction with the Upper Ryman trail.
We hiked for 5 hours for 8.1 mile round trip on this beautiful, secluded loop trail with about 1,850' of total vertical gain. Don't miss it, you will really enjoy it. Cheers.

off road driving
11 months ago

We took our stock 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara through this pass. We had just enough clearance for the moderate portion of this trail and used four-low in this area (shale). This was a good trail and we enjoyed the trip.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Heading out of Silverton, take Forest Road 679 for 4 miles to Ophir Pass. The road is unpaved and narrow and a little hairy in places, but then I don't have a great head for heights. We parked the car a mile from the pass (there is a small track that forks to the left and room for a couple of cars to park there) and hiked to the top. The views along this track are extraordinary - we were fortunate to have sunshine and clear skies. The wild flowers were amazing and we heard and saw pica. Now I have to admit we did not make it to Crystal Lake. The scramble up scree from the pass was beyond our capabilities - I would certainly not view this as a moderate hike... quite challenging due to the terrain and steepness, albeit quite short. We gave up a quarter of the way up and scrambled down. I would recommend this hike based on the views leading up to the pass and cannot comment on Crystal Lake itself.

off road driving
Saturday, July 29, 2017

amazing views and easy drive from Silverton to Ophir.. watch for vehicles coming up Ophir on the long narrow road on the west side of the pass for there is little to no room for vehicles to pass! worth the drive for sure!

off road driving
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The views are terrific, but this hike is not for the faint of heart. It is VERY poorly marked. The first ascent from Ames to the cliff tops is well marked, and the path on the ridge is fine, but in between there is a dense woods and the trail completely vanishes. I got lost both on the way up and the way down and had to forage and follow deer paths for almost an hour each time. GPS would help.
For a day trip, park at the electric power plant in Ames (very historical) and follow the road up along the creek until you get to a foot bridge over the creek. The trail begins at an unmarked gate on the other side of the bridge.
Dense brush waist high that you have to push through, for most of the low-altitude trail.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

very easy but very hard on tires. We went from Ophir to Silverton. I would not try that direction without a real four drive with low range. I used my low range and was glad I had it and several places I could feel the four wheel drive digging in to get taction on the loose rock. Lots of one lane but everyone was supper respective and took their turn. Fantastic views.

off road driving
Saturday, July 15, 2017

I've been over Ophir Pass a few times, always a nice drive. My brother followed us once over this and he did it in his 2 wheel drive truck. So not a real tough road. The drop down towards Ophir from the pass goes over a pretty steep stretch of talus though. Definitely have to be sure no one is coming up from that side before you start down. Very scenic drive. I've only driven it from Silverton to Ophir, never the other way. yet.

off road driving
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I am glad I didn't read any reviews of this drive before I went because I likely would not have driven it.

My girlfriends and I drove my 2010 Subaru Forester from Silverton to Telluride via Ophir Pass last Labor Day (2016). The drive up from Silverton was not only gorgeous, but had more structure. It was more of a dirt road. The drive down to Telluride after going through the pass, was straight rocks. My girlfriends were worried about my tires, I was worried about my breaks. We made it, and now jokingly discuss the experience as if I was trying to murder us. Seriously, I know the locals drive the pass frequently, but you HAVE to have 4 wheel drive and decent tires. We had zero weather issues besides it being a bit windy at the top. So all-in-all we picked a good weekend to do it.

Keep the car in low gear, have some decent tires, drive slow, and enjoy the experience. That is what I would call it, an experience.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Parts were very extreme and snow still present in early July. I was worried about the length of my truck (tundra crew max) but all went well. I believe 4x4 low is a must.

off road driving
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

This was so much fun. We rented the Jeep from Colorado 145. Great jeep, great maps.

The scenery was absolutely gorgeous!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Great hike with views of Lizard Head, Gladstone, El Diente, Wilson Peak, and Mt Wilson.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Relatively easy Trail some Steep and narrow spots. We did it in a stock all wheel drive vehicle in June relatively easy beautiful views.

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