Best trails in Ophir, Colorado

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Looking for a great trail near Ophir, Colorado? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, views trails, dogs trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Ridgway State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Bear Creek Preserve or Molas Park. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 11 hard trails in Ophir ranging from 3.9 to 18.4 miles and from 9,104 to 13,881 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Ophir, Colorado
Top trails (15)
#1 - Ophir Pass Road
San Juan National Forest
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 5 h 9 m
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. Show more
#2 - Clear Lake OHV Trail
San Juan National Forest
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Length: 9.4 mi
#3 - Lizard Head Trail
Lizard Head Wilderness
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Length: 18.4 mi • Est. 10 h 25 m
NOTE: As of August 02, 2020, users have reported that the trail is not maintained after about 3.5 miles in.Show more
#4 - Ice Lake Basin Trail [CLOSED]
San Juan National Forest
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 5 h 29 m
Note: Updated trail closure information can be viewed on the San Juan National Forest page here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sanjuan/recarea/?recid=42984&actid=50 Following the Ice Fire in fall of 2020, the Ice Lakes Basin Trail was closed. The Ice Fire area closure includes the lower Ice Lakes Trail, the lower Clear Lake Road, and the South Mineral Road (NFSR 585) from a new gate just past Goldenhorn camping area to where it crosses Clear Creek past South Mineral Campground. The updated closure (Forest Order SJ-2020-10) applies to ALL public entry, including hikers, mountain bikers, snowshoers, skiers, and all motorized use including snowmobiles. This is a beautiful trail with awesome views all the way up. Very difficult if you aren’t used to the elevation, as there is so much climbing. Waterfalls, creeks, colors galore, and the most insanely colored lake you will ever seen! Ice Lakes trail has two common destinations, lower and upper. The upper basin is surrounded by awesome peaks. Vermillion, Fuller, Pilot Knob and Golden Horn are climbed from this basin. Amazing blue/green lakes, late season wildflowers, moderately strenuous hike to creek falls and waterfalls too. Show more
#5 - Ophir Pass to Crystal Lake
San Juan National Forest
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 26 m
#6 - Columbine Lake via Oscars Pass
Uncompahgre National Forest
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 6 h 16 m
#7 - Wilson Meadows Trail
Lizard Head Wilderness
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
From Telluride: Travel 3 miles west on State Hwy 145. Turn left at the first highway intersection, continuing south on State Hwy 145 for approximately 10 miles to the top of Lizard Head Pass. The Lizard Head Trailhead is located on the west side of State Highway 145. Continue driving past the restroom for approximately 1,000 feet, then turn right onto a spur road that ends at the Lizard Head Trailhead parking area. Follow the Lizard Head Trail #505 for approximately 3.5 miles to an intersection with the Wilson Meadows Trail.Show more
#8 - Island Lake Via Ice Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
San Juan National Forest
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 54 m
Note: This trail is currently still CLOSED as of December 20, 2020 due to damage from the Ice Fire. Please check the park page for updates here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sanjuan/recreation/recarea/?recid=42984&actid=50 This is a beautiful trail with awesome views all the way up. Very difficult if you aren’t used to the elevation, as there is so much climbing. Waterfalls, creeks, colors galore, and the most insanely colored lake you will ever seen! Show more
#9 - Swamp Canyon Trail
Uncompahgre National Forest
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 3 h 18 m
The trail starts just to the east of the town of Ophir and climbs up to the top of Swamp Canyon. You have the option to climb U.S. Grant Peak, South Lookout Peak, or continue over the pass to Island Lake and Ice Lakes Basin. Beautiful views from the top.Show more
#10 - Vermilion Peak Trail
San Juan National Forest
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 9 h 44 m
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