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Ophir Pass Road

MODERATE 101 reviews
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Ophir Pass Road is a 9.8 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ophir, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 9.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,794 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

trail running

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Ophir Pass is a convenient and scenic way to get from Silverton to Telluride. Seasonal wildflowers grow thick at higher elevations. Unlicensed vehicles are allowed on Ophir Pass Road east of the town of Ophir; however, you cannot ride through town. Watch for signs. High Point 11,789 ft., Best time to go Late June-Sept. Located in San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forests. For current conditions call Norwood Ranger District (970) 327-4261. Applies to one section of narrow, rocky shelf road on the west side of Ophir Pass. Everything else is easy. Passing an oncoming vehicle along the narrow shelf road west of Ophir Pass can be a little scary for a novice driver.

off road driving
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Short rock scramble but mostly just casual easy-slight moderate driving. Had a full size pickup in front of us and a Subaru behind. Both looked like they were on stock tires.

off road driving
rocky
snow
11 days ago

off road driving
12 days ago

Had driven this in the past with a modified Jeep Liberty with no problems. Brought the stock (with upgraded AT tires) Jeep Patriot with 4wd this time. Drove from west to east, up the shelf road. This felt a bit sketchy, but I actually made it just fine - if you're bringing a front wheel drive based 4x4, I'd advise being an experienced driver. Not sure how the everyday pavement driver would do. As always, the views from the trail are stunning!

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful. Still lots of snow at the summit a week ago.

off road driving
22 days ago

Amazing views going both directions, loved every second of it.

off road driving
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
24 days ago

off road driving
muddy
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

Pass is clear now in late July. You should not even consider attempting this in anything less than a 4x4 with low gear and high clearance; you will get stuck or worse. Provided you have this, it's a solid route with fantastic views up above the treeline. I took a stock 4x4 Jeep Wrangler through on GOOD tires, almost all the way in 4WD low and manual shifting, but I would have been nervous on anything less than that. Points off for the dolts driving touring road motorcycles (!!) who got stuck on the 1.5 mile stretch just below the pass. Stalled traffic in both directions while these 60 year old, out of shape yerks tried to walk their bikes down, fell multiple times, and were WAY out of their element. Respect the mountain, do your homework, and don't overestimate your skills. NOTE: Ascending vehicles have the right of way, by rule.

off road driving
snow
27 days ago

Well groomed! Cleared all the way through. Very few washouts. Several waterfalls. One steep area but no problems! Gorgeous views. Neat to see avalanched areas from years past. In 4runner trail edition, 285-70-17 aired down to 21 lbs. great fun!

off road driving
28 days ago

Nice shelf road. Was one of the major trails that was actually open. Took it to telluride

off road driving
29 days ago

Drove today in my Jeep Renegade Trailhawk and really had no trouble at all even with stock tires. Slow and easy on the shelf. beautiful views!

hiking
30 days ago

great trail, beautiful views. most traffic was heading west, so no trouble on the shelf with passing.

off road driving
1 month ago

Rated moderate and that is accurate. Beautiful scenery. Narrow shelf road midway but good visibility. Will do again.

off road driving
rocky
1 month ago

We did this trail on July 4. Beautiful trail! Easily done with a mild high clearance 4wd. The shorter the vehicle, the better, as there’s a short switchback turn in while you 3 point turn to make it around near the top of the Telluride side. Snowfields have been cleared beautifully, as have the avalanche fields. Thanks trail clean up crew!!

off road driving
1 month ago

Was AMAZING!!

off road driving
rocky
snow
1 month ago

The San Juan mountain range never disappoints! We traveled the pass shortly after it was opened in early July. Traveling from Silverton to Telluride and then back again. At the pass we drove through A 15 foot canyon wall of snow! It was so very impressive to see that much snow still in early July. There is one three point turn around on the shelf road that is a little sketchy. From there you can see nearly a mile of the shelf road. Once you start down you just pray no one starts up. Meeting on that shelf road would not be fun to go in reverse back up the hill. There were at least six or seven avalanche debris fields that would have been very impressive to witness from a safe distance. I did this in my 2018 four-door Jeep JL. We had no problems. The rating system for trails is very subjective however. Some would call that moderate, and some would call that harrowing. I would recommend going with multiple vehicles and skilled drivers. It is very do able as my brother coached me through it. Absolutely a highlight of my trip!

off road driving
1 month ago

off road driving
rocky
1 month ago

Some reviews have called this Moderate off roading. That may be true of the portion from 550 to the pass, but even that is narrow with few passing places. But descending west from the pass to Ophir is pure danger for at least 1.5 miles. Narrow, NO passing places, loose pointed rocks continuously, and a switchback that is truly harrowing - even my 4 door jeep took 3 back & forths to get around it. If you dont have 4 wheel drive, a short wheelbase, and very high clearance, DONT DO THIS PASS. I would not even try west to east in my jeep.

off road driving
rocky
snow
1 month ago

off road driving
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Great trail as always. Being the week of the 4th and one of the only trails that’s fully open, there are more than normal amounts of people doing this trail. Definitely a little rougher than normal this year. Always fun, my wife was white knuckles for the shale rock portions and the very tight switch back. We had to do a four point turn to get around it due to a snow drift rite on the edge. At the summit is a snow drift that is about 300’ long and no room for passing, it is cut in so you have a shear snow wall on either side. We did the trail in our 2019 TRD PRO 4RUNNER, No clearance issues. Please remember vehicles going up have the rite away.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

We attempted this pass in our Jeep today. We barely made it down the road from the Ophir side and it was blocked due to avalanche debris. We turned around. It was interesting to see all the avalanches that have occurred in that area.

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