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off road driving
24 days ago

Ophir Pass was a beautiful trail due to its easy going to moderate terrain. It allowed you to take in the sights - snow capped peaks and valleys. Definitely a must do, but can be challenging once it snows. I felt the sliding of the tires over the snow, and shot my adrenaline up with the steep edge so close most of the way. Would love to do it again in August-September!

walking
1 month ago

Nice peaceful walk.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Went through October 2018 with snow on the ground in several areas. It is a little rocky but not bad, dont really need 4 wheel drive on this. We did this in a 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk no problem.

off road driving
1 month ago

Fun trail. Different look than the rest of the others in the area.

off road driving
1 month ago

Great little trail. Not too difficult at all. We took it on a very rainy and overcast day. It made the ascent a little harder than most days, but that’s what made it fun. The switchbacks going up were a blast.

1 month ago

Wishing for more water for the waterfall, but still beautiful.

Beautiful trail and awesome weather

off road driving
1 month ago

Fun rock crawling

off road driving
1 month ago

Great trail

off road driving
1 month ago

off road driving
2 months ago

Great trail. We did it East to West which meant that we went downhill on the West side of the summit and the rocky road. Had our 4x4 Tacoma in 4Lo and 1st gear crawling down the rocky slopes - no problem. Very nice views and spots for photos.

off road driving
2 months ago

Meh - not worth the time. A couple spots had nice views of the valley below, but nothing spectacular. The road is very rocky and bumpy. After doing this trail I feel quite beaten up even with airing down the tires! I can agree that this trail should not be attempted when raining as there is 8 miles of clay/dirt road that would be very slick when wet. My advice, find another trail.

scenic driving
2 months ago

This was an amazing drive! The lake is so crystal clear almost unbelievable

off road driving
2 months ago

Awesome trail. We went up to the lakes area and explored a bit then headed over to the Gold King Basin trail which wasn't mentioned anywhere. It was totally worth while. The road was rocky and bumpy, but easily done in our 4X4 Tacoma and 4X4 4Runner. Had lunch at the end of the trail and were entertained with several chipmunks and woodchucks nearby. The views were gorgeous.

off road driving
2 months ago

This was our first trail on our visit to Ouray. The trail starts off pretty easy and gets rockier the father you go up. We got to the top portion where the sign states short wheel base, high clearance only past this point. We are driving a lifted Tacoma and a lifted 4 Runner, so we figured we would attempt it. We made it up a couple of the switch backs, but then decided to not push any further as it was raining and sleeting and traction was not great on the rocks. We turned around and headed back down. It was a beautiful trip, even if we didn't make it all the way to the top.

off road driving
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful views and such a fun drive up the mountain. Saw some wildlife and experienced spectacular views. Would 100% do it again and maybe go camping.

off road driving
2 months ago

Started from Silverton and came up the CR2 from the end of town.

Quite a bumpy road towards the end, so air down at Silverton (we aired down in Anmias forks).

The ghost town is cool and there's plenty of places to park there.

This is a great jumping off spot for other trails as there's a number of different routes out.

Historic mining town, now abandoned. There's a fair bit of history around this area and well worth delving into before you come here, so you can appreciate what you're seeing.

Given some of the trails round here were used to carry ore out of the area and other mining activities, you have to marvel at the people who lived and worked here in times past.

off road driving
2 months ago

Vertigo warning on this trail at certain points for sure

This route combines the California Pass and Hurricane Pass trails.

I've detailed my experience of the California section in the 4x4 route on this site, so won't repeat that.

With the Hurricane pass area we started from the Lake Como end in the East.

We were planning to do the Corkscrew Pass next but the weather conditions were poor with hail and rain.

The views were astounding and my personal favorite part of the trail was heading up to the pass summit itself over a large puddle of water (though it was something of a waterfall at the time), which really stood out.

The summit itself has a sign and a small pull out area.

This end was narrow and only 1 vehicle wide, however throughout the trail there are plenty of pull outs at regular intervals and we had no issues passing.
At one point we had a tour come up the trail and the driver stopped for a chat, the passengers looked a bit concerned about the weather though.

Western end access to the Corkscrew Pass (2-3) or the County Road back to Silverton (the way we decided to choose, sadly due to weather).
Eastern end of the trail gives you either Poughkeepsie Gulch (6-8) or California Pass (1-3), which in turn leads to the Animas Forks area.

Good drive and loved the experience as a new to off-roading driver.

on Last Dollar Road

off road driving
2 months ago

Great views! Loved all the Aspen trees. Would like to come back when the leaves are changing.

off road driving
2 months ago

nice loop for a day of fun

off road driving
2 months ago

Mostly a maintained road along the Animas River. Started at mine and drove to Silverton. Was last leg of day long drive.

off road driving
2 months ago

Entered trail from Lake City started out on dirt roads. Climbed above tree line on narrow trails and down to abandoned mine.

off road driving
2 months ago

The views are incredible here. I did west to east.

On my way up 2 people had popped tires going east to west so I suggest driving slow! The first few miles were steep and knuckle clenching on the shelf. Basically climbing over large rocks. I have a 4x4 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo and we bottomed a few times and had to almost gun it to get out in a spot. I’ll post pics once back.

Once you pass the top you’re out of the rock scrambling, and as another user mentioned is minivan worthy.

off road driving
2 months ago

Great 4wd drive. Great views. loved the waterfalls.

on Stony Pass

off road driving
2 months ago

Love this trail

Awesome easy hikes multiple trailheads to explore

off road driving
2 months ago

Such an amazing drive over the San Juan mountains. I recommend going from Ophir to the Million Dollar Highway because climbing the rocks is much easier than braking down the whole pass.

off road driving
2 months ago

Loved taking my family on a Jeep ride up this trail! Views were well worth the road.

off road driving
2 months ago

Nice views and then follow along Rio Grande headwaters

off road driving
2 months ago

Off road with front wheel drive rental suv. Made it with no issues.

Beautiful drive

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