off road driving
21 days 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.

scenic driving
3 months ago

Can’t wait to do this one with some friends. Frozen lake, 12,960 elevation, beautiful views and only 3 hr ride even stopping and enjoying scenery.

off road driving
3 months ago

Seems like every trail around this area is very scenic

off road driving
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Didn't finish the whole trail because we kept taking the tangents. Gorgeous scenery and some snow in July at the top. Did it in a Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4 with Off Roading tires and a HEMI. We had one little iffy on a rocky area but we took it slow and didn't have any problems. Cheers!

off road driving
Monday, June 26, 2017

This was my favorite drive by far here. I liked it even better than Alpine loop! Lots of snow in June!

off road driving
Monday, June 27, 2016

Not a tough trail but worth the trip. We went in June and there was still lot of snow towards the top of the mountain.

off road driving
Friday, July 12, 2013

Jeeped this one as part of the Alpine Loop. Not too hard, but a little rocky. 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
Friday, March 01, 2013

Easy trail that starts at Animas Forks, over California Pass, by Lake Como, and over Hurricane Pass

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Doable easily in a stock 3/4 ton 4x4 powerstroke nicetrail

off road driving
Monday, October 04, 2010

When I die, my wish is to have my ashes spread at the top of California Pass towards lake como.

off road driving
2 months ago

off road driving
Thursday, July 20, 2017