DISTANCE
20.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1085 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

fishing

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

off road driving
3 days ago

This is a 26 mile route from Lake City, CO to just south of Ouray. It took me 3;47. The eastern portion climbs slowly and is relatively easy with multiple abandoned mines and beautiful vistas. the pass tops out at 12,800 feet then climbs further as you head west. The western portion is steep in places, full of bare rock and boulders, and very treacherous. There are narrow portions with steep drop offs, at least a dozen hairpin turns, and many sharp rocks. My jeep Grand Cherokee bottomed out at least a dozen times.
My recommendations:
4 wheel drive low is absolutely essential
Do not drive the western portion of this road if there has been any rain. It gets very slippery.
High road clearance with short wheel base and low center of gravity would be ideal.