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off road driving
1 month 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.

walking
2 months ago

Very scenic, with tight switchbacks. I've driven Black Bear several times. Yes, you must aware of your surroundings, but you don't need to air down or need a spotter. Your on a Mountain made of rock and can't get stuck, unless mechanically deficient.

Bring a camera and a lunch. Bridal Falls is a must! You drive past it toward the end. Enjoy the scenic views and bask in the beauty of Colorado! I've done Hole in the Rock in Utah. There you must air down. Very steep crevices.

off road driving
3 months ago

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

off road driving
3 months ago

Fairly easy trail but one of our favorites in the area. We did it in a stock jeep unlimited sport with no problems. Great views. Passes by the waterfall they use in the Coors commercials.

off road driving
4 months ago

Great pass

off road driving
4 months ago

Great trail lots to see not very hard, some off angle places that want to take it slow, I almost rolled my Jeep due to my own ignorance of playing around

Great trail, awesome views and not as hard as people make it out to be if you pay attention to the trail

beautiful views of red mountain

off road driving
6 months ago

Lovely!! Lots of beautiful trees, rocks, & water:)

off road driving
6 months ago

Gorgeous scenery. Easy for high clearance Jeep.loved it.

off road driving
6 months ago

Beautiful Jeep road, and I mean BEAUTIFUL! Not super difficult but a couple parts might get you if you have a fear of steep drop offs. We have done all the trails around Ouray and this is our favorite. Make time to sit by Lake Como and take it all in!

off road driving
6 months ago

Heavy 1 ft snow at the top
Too difficult for a stock
Had to return from just .5 miles from the top
Will be back for sure

off road driving
7 months ago

Beautiful views but you need to be a confident off roader without a fear of heights. Tight steep switchbacks are tricky.

A little creepy in the dark! We drove up at 5am in an Acura sedan, made it just fine!

off road driving
7 months ago

off road driving
7 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.

off road driving
8 months ago

Had a great trip and amazing scenery. Took the Jeep all the way to the top with no problems. Beautiful trail with Twin Falls and many other sights along the way.

Take CR 18 back to Ouray from Animas Forks the said....... didn't realize this was Mineral Creek till we got back to camp... best trail we did all day..

off road driving
8 months ago

We took this pass two years ago the day after it opened. It was a blast. We rented a keep for that trip. We are back this year and might do this one again on our Polaris. We are for sure doing engineer pass this time also.

off road driving
8 months ago

WOW!

off road driving
8 months ago

If you make one wrong move it's over. Don't kid yourself. Don't think owning cool equipment can make up the difference. The 'Steps'... you will slip left toward the creek some 20 feet ish below the ledge. This is your first wake up moment. It's gonna get real or more real. Don't begin any of this without airing down first. From here to the falls is seriously for people who have experience only. Given all this, if you still feel this is for you, then proceed lol. Stay safe.

off road driving
8 months ago

This IS the place for taking pictures. We will go back with that in mind. We prefer the Ouray to Yankee Boy to Imogene to Telluride route. Late lunch in Telluride. Then your preference back.

off road driving
8 months ago

There's a few spots on the west side of the pass that are challenging but doable in just about any 4x4 especially if you do this side going down. Honestly, I think an expert driver might be able to do this whole trail in 2 wheel drive if done East to West and in a short wheelbase vehicle so they didn't have to use reverse. The miles and miles of views both horizontally and vertically from both the pass and Oh Point are more than worth the drive.

off road driving
8 months ago

This is a great "first trail" when starting a week in the area. On the west side, just after starting the trail, the steep rocky part begins. If you don't have low range or 4x4, this part will be difficult to very difficult. After this section, we took the Jeep out of 4x4 completely and didn't put it back in 4x4 until we were a long way back on Engineer. East of the pass is very easy.

off road driving
8 months ago

Miles and miles of big rocks. High clearance and low range is simply a given. At times in the Jeep we found ourselves leaned sideways enough to have at least one passenger end up crawled up on top of another lol. Maybe having to do that while edging along near cliffs at times was a bit much. It was raining and all those rocks were slippery so that might have caused some of the worry too. This is a trail where parts can get broke. We saw one blown tire and one totaled ATV. Although this trail isn't famous like some others, I would say it's very memorable!! We really can't say there was anything about this trail we would want to see again if we weren't going to Poughkeepsie.

off road driving
8 months ago

It's a beautiful drive with lots of waterfalls, nothing to difficult for stock 4x4's, some tricky switchbacks that may need a spotter and a few tight shelf roads but lots of areas for passing. Enjoyable.

Matthew, I think you could do this since you have plenty of clearance.

If you want something challenging....do Black Bear Pass, it's only for the experienced, seriously.

Happy Trails!

off road driving
8 months ago

We took 550 from Ouray at the bottom we air down to half the tires capacity to grip and smooth the ride. From the beginning this is a moderate trail with many switchbacks but enough room to pass by others from the opposite direction. Then you will come up to an area with signage saying from here on it is a one way road, so from there on you are committed to it. Check the weather before going if you are serious otherwise you could spend a lot of time waiting for it to clear! Next, the moderate trail narrows and you will come to a fork in the road, if you take the right fork the road will become a rocky and lead to a 4 foot steep rock stepped waterfall that you have to climb over....we did fine in our stock 4 door jeep rubicon although you could get into trouble depending on your approach. The safe way is to take the left fork which is an easy loop around the obstacle both connect and go to black bear pass.

At the summit it flattens out with plenty of parking....so you can take your time and take in the beautiful scenery! The road continues moderate for a few miles until you see Telluride down in the valley at this point the trail becomes difficult. Look for the old cables in the air across the trail this signals the start of "the steps". The trail narrows and this area has a canyon to the left with jagged slate rocks to your right, also the trail drops down at a 45 degree angle and tilts towards the drop off. The trail is huge steps of slate, you must go slow and it will push the capacity of stock 4x4, 4wd low with downhill assist and disconnected sway bar is highly recommended!! If you don't have downhill assist put your emergency brake on about 3 clicks!! After surviving the steps the switchbacks begin, the first switchback is the hardest and a spotter is suggested, but you must back up to make the turns on several of them, each of the switchbacks are fairly tight but they get easier as you go. Once you reach bridal falls the road is no longer one way and you will meet local traffic of vehicles, ATV's, motorcycles and hikers. The trail takes right into Telluride!!

Happy trails.....we experienced rain and hail on our trek doing this trail!!

Ps....the closest gas station we found to add air up our tires was a mile and half north of Telluride!

off road driving
8 months ago

Epic scenery and a road that will keep you honest. The connections to Animas Forks and Gladstone, which in turn get you to Silverton add immeasurable opportunities to sightsee and really appreciate Mother Nature at its finest!

off road driving
8 months ago

Epic scenery and a road that will keep you honest. The connections to Animas Forks and Gladstone, which in turn get you to Silverton add immeasurable opportunities to sightsee and really appreciate Mother Nature at its finest!

off road driving
8 months ago

Got to the top of Imogene and it started sleeting and 10' of visibility. A little sketchy at times, but great fun. We parked at the top and within 10 minutes it cleared up and we saw spectacular views of Telluride.

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