DISTANCE
15.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,455 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

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.