Ouray County, Hinsdale and San Juan have been knocking these trails out. After all the craziness this spring, it's exciting to say trail openings are AHEAD of schedule! In fact, the ALPINE LOOP is fully open from Animas.
Our sources tell us that Telluride (San Miguel) is starting Ophir on June 1. Finally! The trail should go pretty quick over the top. They generally move equipment to Imogene thereafter.
Temperatures have been beautiful and we have seen some rain in Ouray with more expected today. Rivers are running, waterfalls can heard across the canyon.
Although healthy space is being encouraged and revised operations are required for some businesses, we are still excited to enjoy the mountains and the surrounding communities at a little slower and more cautious pace this year! #newbeginnings2020
Like you, we love to pull that lever down to 4LOW, put the top down and crawl up some of the most beautiful locations in the country. So, stay tuned for trail updates as we get them.
Oh...and one more thing...Please Tread Lightly.
OPEN! Ouray County knocked this trail out in a day! Gate is open and trail is cleared to Twin Falls.
Melted out towards the 1st switchback. Mother Nature will have to take of this one.
Ouray may have equipment on this trail by the second week of June.
OPEN. Gate is apparently been opened by the USFS.
Ouray County is on it! Cleared almost to the top. Warm and sunny temperatures are giving them a boost.
OPEN! Sketchy as usual for the season up and over the switchbacks. You can now reach Gladstone and back down to Silverton.
This trail is very nearly dried out. If there is any snow left, it will be at the very top.
OPEN for several miles. This trail actually circles all the way around to Dunton. Still patchy in higher elevations.
San Miguel is supposed to be tackling this trail now. 4 days ago we encountered a snow bank and a skier at the top. But, it looked like the last stretch of snow.
OPEN from Ophir crossing to Hwy 145 exit.
Engineer is OPEN out of Animas to Oh Point and down into Lake City.
OPEN for several miles from the Silverton side. Not completely cleared over the top.
South Mineral is clear to the campgrounds. Clear Lake usually melts out on it's own. Reports suggest you can make it to the Ice Lake trailhead before snow.
In Progress. Clear to at least the Old One Hundred Mine Site.
Hurricane OPEN up to California and down into Animas. Decent snowbanks still present on much of these trails.
Partially. In progress.
OPEN all the way over to Lake City.
San Juan County has cleared to the townsite. See FB for some pretty cool pictures! Silverton working down Califorina to OPEN a full loop soon.
Our information comes from being up on the trails ourselves or updates from County/USFS sources, and those that have been on particular trails in their own vehicles. So, as with any high mountain terrain, be CAUTIOUS! If you start up a trail and you are uncertain, don’t go any farther.
Remember, the adventure lies in exploring the beautiful scenery and seeing what's around the next corner... not just a destination. Take water, layers of warm clothing, and maps. Allow plenty of time.
See where our Jeep Tours go, or plan your route with your Jeep rental (except Black Bear Pass). Click on a trail map to the right for specific tour details, and it will take you directly to that tour for a full description and booking information.
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