Corkscrew Gulch and Hurricane Pass
The Magic Compass. Corkscrew Gulch is aptly named for it’s narrow and winding ascent to the summit of Red Mountain Two. Perhaps the most distinctively colored geology in the San Juan Mountains…deep reds, oranges and brilliant vanilla blanket all three of the Red Mountains. The softer sediment on the trail offers a little smoother climb than some of the other 4 X 4 trails. This increasingly popular, beautiful high mountain 4 wheel drive trail starts just before the old mining town of Ironton. For the train buff, Corkscrew Gulch also features remnants of the Guston turntable, a once productive turnaround point for the red mountain mining district’s railway. This track connected Silverton, Ironton and Lake City while in operation. Turn north, south, east or west and enjoy never-ending views of 4 different mountain ranges! Corkscrew provides one of the most unforgettable and distinctive vantage points in all the San Juans.
Corkscrew Gulch Jeep Tour Details
Leaving from Ouray, Colorado, travel up the Million Dollar Highway over the Bear Creek Falls bridge through vertical canyon walls to a valley lined with carpets of thick aspen. Pass the sparkling Crystal Lake and turn onto Corkscrew Gulch just before Ironton townsite. Climb through groves of Aspen and watch for remnants of the historic Guston townsite and railroad turntable. Leave tree line and continue up the winding ‘corkscrew terrain’ to a summit of 12,400 feet almost directly across from Imogene. View four distinctive mountain ranges, and if time allows, traverse Hurricane pass for a bird’s eye view of Lake Como.
Half Day: $63.95 per adult and $35.00 per child 5-12.