Alpine Loop Back Country Byway

HARD 8 reviews

Alpine Loop Back Country Byway is a 73.6 mile loop trail located near Silverton, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for off road driving and is best used from July until October.

73.6 miles
9786 feet

off road driving







scenic driving
2 months ago

This is just another one of those awesome back roads in the San Juan's. The scenery never disappoints. We did this in July of 2001, and started in Silverton and went over Cinnamon Pass and down to Lake city, then up and over Engineer and back to Silverton . What an incredible loop. It was all misty up by the top of Engineer the day we did it. Then the mist lifted and there were sheep all over the fields up there. Felt like you were in Ireland or something. Green as could be. Guard dogs all over too. It was a perfect moment as we approached the pass. Fairly cloudy the day we drove it though, so I will come back some day when it's clear blue. This is the Alpine loop road which takes in about 70 miles of back country jeep roads. Probably one of the most scenic dirt roads you will ever travel. Just do it!!

2 months ago

off road driving
7 months ago

Sketchy in some spots but a lot of fun! 4x4 a must!

Friday, May 06, 2016

Stunning views. It was a bit more difficult that I had bargained for but manageable. Long stretches of shelf road and some rock obstacles when I drove it. Much more difficult thank Yankee Boy Basin or Alta Lakes. You can avoid the harder stretches by avoiding the section that goes to Ouray. Advise airing down.

Beautiful Alpine basins.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

scenic driving
Saturday, September 27, 2014

Awesome drive.

off road driving
Friday, July 12, 2013

Jeeped it. Make sure you are in a proper 4WD vehicle like a Jeep or ATV.

off road driving
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Scenic trip from Sliverton/Ouray to Lake City. We started in Silverton, to Animas Forks, then over Engineer Pass, down to Lake City. Returned via Cinnamon Pass to Animas Forks, and then back to Silverton. Lots of high mountain scenery, and mining ruins.