Explore the most popular off road driving trails near Lake City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
16 days ago

Entered from Lake City. Best park of the trail was the high altitude and breathtaking vistas. Seemed like a lot of the train was above trees. The view of the mining camp was especially wonderful. Climbing in low range, otherwise high range drive. Took the trail to Silverton once we got down.

Started at the beginning of Nellie Creek road which made for a 16ish mile roundtrip. Being as I got an early start (5:30am), the road hike wasn’t all that bad. If one was to start later though I could see where the extra 8 miles would be a slog. As others have said the actual trail is beautiful and there are lots of wildflowers this time of year. The last 1000 feet are tough as the switchbacks and the short scramble is rather steep. There isn’t much exposure though unless you really want it. Took about 6 1/2 hours to complete with some running mixed in on the downhills.

off road driving
2 months ago

I've hiked seven 14ers so far. This was my least favorite, but still worthwhile. I approached from Matterhorn Creek TH, as I also climbed Wetterhorn the same day.

The people I met on the trail were great!

Big exposure on top if you want it! Don't trip or slip!

off road driving
10 months ago

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

11 months ago

Went up September 2015. It was hard for sure. Some of the trail at the top is hard to find. Some terrain is steep with loose rocks. Caution is required. The views on a clear day are amazing and worth the hike.

One of my favorite 14ers (25)! 4x4 trail is rugged but if you can start from the upper parking lot....it's one of the best hikes imaginable. Best views of the San Juan Mt. Range!!!!

trail running
11 months ago

Gorgeous!!! Beautiful rolling green slopes. Brutally up hill on the way there but manageable. There even some little kids with their parents coming down as we went up. If you have to walk the 5 miles up to the trailhead it adds a lot so be prepared.

off road driving
11 months 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.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Loved everything about this hike minus the 4 mile drive to the TH and out.

off road driving
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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.

Friday, July 21, 2017

very nice and not to hard

off road driving
Monday, July 17, 2017

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

scenic driving
Saturday, July 15, 2017

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.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The hardest part might be getting to the trailhead. Once you start the hike it is easy to get thrown off the trail towards a 13,000ft peak, don't do that.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

I did this trail with my parents when I was about 11. It is extremely hard. Needless to say, we made it all the way to the summit, thanks to some hikers we met on their way down. You will need proper equipment if you want to summit the peak.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Awesome trail! 99% of the snow is melted, prime time to hit the summit. The 4 mile road up to the trailhead is intense, two pretty serious steam crossings. Ended up hiking up from the road, 16.3 miles round trip. I reckon this is a good first 14'er to get your feet wet. Epic!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Tried for the summit with my son in Oct. of 2013. We were turned around at just over 13,000' due to the horrific wind that day. Can't imagine what it would have been like on top. Too many nice days to hike, to be out in that kind of wind. I'll be back. Easy trail and great views above tree line!! The road in is god awful though. 4x4 for sure, and very narrow if you meet another vehicle. Luckily we didn't.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Cool 14er!

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Very cool 14er! I enjoyed it, and it's great for kids because it's so open. Also a great place for marmots

Saturday, July 09, 2016

The trip up to the trail head was rough but any decent 4x4 should make it. The mileage from the TH is incorrect. It is over 9 miles round trip. I don't know where the extra mile came from but it was approximately 4.6 miles from TH to summit. The trail was otherwise as advertised. Very scenic and fairly challenging especially the last half mile or so. Well worth it. The weather was perfect. I think this is a must for any 14ner hiker.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Scenic, lots of fun back in June 2015.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Ended up being 12 miles because the road was too bad to get all the way to the trailhead, even with 4 wheel drive. In the end was worth it. Very beautiful with a well defined trail

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.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

3 miles? You kidding? I met a hiker doing 15 miles because he didn't feel confident with his Tacoma pick-up, much less a passenger car. The JEEP TRAIL to the upper trailhead is rough and subject to "change". Only then are you looking at 7.25 miles RT.
*getting water here is difficult, unless you're 100% confident in your filtration. Heavy horse activity in the lowers and just difficult to get at it in the higher. Carry it in.
*don't drink Wetterhorn area either, it's all orange. Seeing the theme here? Carry your water in.
*Uncompahgre is a tough climb and attempts to punch you in the jimmy right prior to the top. If the West side is snowy/wet, you could be in for it.
*beware the mounted hunter during season.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Best 14er hike yet!

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 22, 2015

Went up in a jeep with a large pick-up following behind. Nice trail. Steep for the first few miles but levels out a bit near the top. Definitely needed 4WD low to get up the steeper climb. Road was dry that day but could see it becoming a muddy, slippery mess had it rained. Two water crossing but we went in June 2015, when there was still a lot of snowmelt. In fact the road over the divide was still closed and we could see a snowplow at work. Very cool town. Learned it was private land & the owners keep it open as long as there is no vandalism. But you can see many people have carved initials into the old wood, not respecting the wishes of the owners. That was disappointing. We are lucky the site is still open to tourists that brave the road.

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.

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