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

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14 days ago

Awesome hike. Scramble up the saddle and drop into island and ice lakes.

The start of the trail is accurate, and we drove (high clearance 4x4) up to a gate prior to the true trailhead.

Followed what seems to be an old mining/now USFS road all the way up past marshlands (past cairn-designated trail off to the right that shows on this app but is not named) into the basin before realizing we were actually on a local single track trail. Could not find the shown Swamp Canyon trail past this point - The single track turns back toward Ophir Pass and we wanted to go further up the basin to summit the pass and look over to Island Lake. So we bushwhacked up to the point where we ran across the previous cairn-designated trail we’d decided against.

Following this up to the pass, the last mile is loose scree. The scramble up and over the pass is exactly that - take a hard look at it! We spent over an hour getting up and down this short section and while the views are beautiful, it wasn’t exactly safe or designated route. There’s a reason the highlighted Swamp Canyon trail ends well before the summit of the pass!

Overall, beautiful adventure of a morning. Tons of wildflowers, columbine everywhere in the lower meadows, lots of waterfalls and creeks flowing.

hiking
Thursday, July 20, 2017

The views are terrific, but this hike is not for the faint of heart. It is VERY poorly marked. The first ascent from Ames to the cliff tops is well marked, and the path on the ridge is fine, but in between there is a dense woods and the trail completely vanishes. I got lost both on the way up and the way down and had to forage and follow deer paths for almost an hour each time. GPS would help.
For a day trip, park at the electric power plant in Ames (very historical) and follow the road up along the creek until you get to a foot bridge over the creek. The trail begins at an unmarked gate on the other side of the bridge.
Dense brush waist high that you have to push through, for most of the low-altitude trail.

hiking
Sunday, June 16, 2013

Very fun hike. The trail gets hard to follow and can be easily confused with animal trails. But just continue up along the ridge and once you reach treeline, the remainder of the route becomes clear.

skiing
Sunday, May 05, 2013

This is an absolutely beautiful drainage just to the east of the town of Ophir. Endless opportunities for ski touring in the winter. In the summer, it is great for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. You can also hike over the pass at the top of the drainage into Ice Lakes Basin to make a longer through hike.

skiing
Wednesday, May 01, 2013

This is an excellent ski tour. It is fairly well traveled, so the trail/skin track is usually very easy to follow. In the spring, make sure you get out early because it is east facing and receives lots of early sun.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bald Mtn is one of the longest lasting powder stashes at Telluride. It is a relatively short run, but the hike is only about 10 minutes.

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Saturday, March 02, 2013

The view from Palmyra Peak is spectacular. You can see six 14ers, and countless 13ers. After each snow storm, the peak is closed for several days for avalanche work. If you hit it on the first day that it is open after a storm, you will have endless, deep powder. Roy Boy is the farthest run skier's right, and is very lightly traveled.

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Friday, December 27, 2013

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