Cinnamon Pass Road

MODERATE 17 reviews

Cinnamon Pass Road is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lake City, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, scenic driving, and off road driving and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2814 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

views

off road driving
1 month ago

We took this pass two years ago the day after it opened. It was a blast. We rented a keep for that trip. We are back this year and might do this one again on our Polaris. We are for sure doing engineer pass this time also.

off road driving
1 month ago

off road driving
1 month ago

This is a great "first trail" when starting a week in the area. On the west side, just after starting the trail, the steep rocky part begins. If you don't have low range or 4x4, this part will be difficult to very difficult. After this section, we took the Jeep out of 4x4 completely and didn't put it back in 4x4 until we were a long way back on Engineer. East of the pass is very easy.

off road driving
1 month ago

off road driving
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

scenic driving
2 months ago

I've driven over Cinnamon twice now, and let's just say the road doesn't get any better with each passing year. It is a pretty nasty rocky drive. High clearance for sure. The trip is worth it though as there are great views from up here. There are also some spots where you need to make sure no one else is coming down or up, as it would be pretty impossible to pass each other due to the width of the road. But that's typical of most of these back country roads out here. Lots of narrow places.

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

off road driving
Saturday, March 26, 2016

5 hours and 50 miles on a quad ride through Engineer Pass. An amazing experience! We had sun with dry heat to snow with cold air then came the rain! would do it time and time again. Many on the trail were in jeeps but I would have to recommend going on an ATV. The feeling of riding through the pass with open air all around you while being exposed to the elements was something I will never forget.

off road driving
Thursday, August 13, 2015

This drive was spectacular!!! Highly recommend to capable drivers and cars (agree with Rick Powelson below) Came up from the west in Silverton and the road was manageable in our Xterra PRO4X, but there was one section of rock very near to the top on the east side of the pass that may have stopped us if we were headed down from Lake City. 20% 4LO (scattered from just before Animas Forks to a bit east of summit) 55% 4HI (western entrance) 25% 2WD (eastern entrance) Breathtaking, mindblowing ranges surrounding you the entire drive.

off road driving
Monday, June 01, 2015

Opened today but maybe not tomorrow. Lot and lots of snow. Muddy. Took a chance with mh work truck, made it, The previous pics don't do it justice. Rocky rocky rocky. Some divots as deep as 3 feet. The switch backs were rivers from the run off. The last one, east bound to lake city has a sizable drop that if not careful, could leave you high centered. I do agree, stock 4x4 not recommended, but not impossible, but if u do maybe wait til late June, or July. No dully! That would be just stupid,

scenic driving
Saturday, April 04, 2015

Steep roads on top ,but still can drive up the road, with four wheel drive 4 runner.1999 Sept.

off road driving
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Gone on this trail twice as part of the Alpine Loop trail which also includes Engineer Pass. It is not very difficult at all but as with all the trails in the area, the views are gorgeous and it is well worth the while!

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.

off road driving
Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Cinnamon Pass Road is part of the Alpine Loop. I traveled this road from Lake City to Animas Forks. Great scenery, even traces of snow near the end of August.

off road driving
Sunday, March 04, 2012

We started in Silverton and ended in Lake City, via Cinnamon Pass. Jeeping was rather difficult in early June, there was plenty of snow still on the trails. At times we had to get out and push. But what views and what fun for us Rhode Islanders.