Cinnamon Pass OHV Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Cinnamon Pass OHV Trail is a 28.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lake City, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and off road driving and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 28.4 miles Elevation Gain: 7,260 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

nature trips

off road driving



wild flowers



South half of the famous Alpine Loop This trail, combined with Engineer Pass constitutes the famous Alpine Loop. The western half of the trip passes many historic points and climbs to outstanding views. Side trip up Wager Gulch takes you to Carson Ghost Town. Cinnamon Pass Road also accesses beautiful American Basin, one of the best places in the area for wildflowers. There's a large staging area for unlicensed vehicles soon after the pavement ends on C.R. 30 if starting from Lake City as described here. Mostly on BLM land. For current conditions contact the San Juan Mountains Center in Silverton at (970) 387-5530 (closed in winter). Most of this trail is easy; however, the western half is steep and rocky in a few places. The side trip up Wager Gulch is slightly more difficult. All roads, when dry, are suitable for any stock 4x4 SUV with moderate ground clearance. The side trip up American Basin is borderline difficult.

off road driving
6 months ago

Beautiful drive. Good road.

off road driving
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Did this in a stock Jeep Unlimited. No problems at all. Views were amazing! I would recommend this trail to anyone.

off road driving
Monday, July 17, 2017

Easily traverse the pass with high clearance vehicle. Great views. Wild flowers are blooming.

off road driving
Friday, July 12, 2013

Jeeped this one as part of the Alpine Loop. Not too hard, but some tricky switchbacks here and there. 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.

scenic driving
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Scenic high country trail, above the timberline. The road is fairly well maintained, for the amount of traffic that is on it.

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