Trails are listed below by the COUNTY agencies responsible for clearing.
Most color in the higher elevations including Ironton is now gone. However, hwy 62 and 145 still have some nice fall color through the lower San Miguel river area.
The area received rain/snow yesterday and temperatures are chilly today with freezing temperatures most likely in the higher passes. Most passes are still OPEN, but be prepared for ice on many trails above 10,000 feet.
SOA has now CLOSED for the season and we are not likely to get regular updates on trail conditions. With the first heavy snow, we will post the trails as closed. For now, err on the side of caution when approaching the higher elevations and turn around if conditions are questionable.
Oh...and one more thing...Please Tread Lightly and proceed SLOWLY!
OPEN to Sneffels Trailhead. Don't be fooled. This trail is really rugged beyond the Twin Falls. 4x4 ONLY required. The water crossing just below the Falls has been severely washed out over the past few days. PLEASE do not take an 2WD or AWD drive car beyond the Governor/Yankee Boy intersection. There is a good chance your vehicle will be disabled on the rocky 4wd areas and will end up blocking all traffic.
OPEN! Simply incredible for wildflowers.
OPEN to the top! Rugged as usual. This portion can be subject to heavy rains and spontaneous wash outs. Plan carefully.
OPEN! There are a few washouts near the top that make the trail very narrow. With recent rains, the upper elevation can get very slippery.
Officially OPEN. Please stay on trail. Getting off trail caused this trail to be shut down by the USFS last year. Respect the natural tundra folks! Winch and significant modications required.
Recent rains have been this normally easy trail very muddy. There have been posts suggesting San Miguel may have closed this trail for a few days.
OPEN. Fun, scenic, but long day into Dunton. Check out Woods Canyon Lake on your way.
OPEN over the top!
OPEN from Ophir crossing to Hwy 145 exit. This is such a fun little trail between Ophir and Sawpit. But, the highlight is the very first AC plant (as in Tesla) built in the U.S. This electric plant serviced many of the mills between Telluride and Ouray in the early 1900's.
OPEN! We get questioned often from folks about whether they can make it over this trail. If you have to ask...our answer is NO. You should be very experienced and confident with no need to ask. High Clearance, 4 low and Lockers are required.
OPEN! This trail is below Rico and comes out above Purgatory. Beautiful and mostly maintained.
Engineer is OPEN out of Animas to Oh Point and down into Lake City.
OPEN. Home to the Sound Democratic Mill and town of Treasure Mountain. This was undiscovered for years and holds a lot of personality. Enjoy, but Tread Lightly.
OPEN! Take a fishing pole. Little known, but great trail on the original dirt/gravel hwy 550. Make no mistake...still requires rugged ply tires and a little clearance.
OPEN. Don't leave your picnic lunch within a Marmot's reach at Clear Lake!
OPEN. Remember, One-Way only after the summit.
Take your time and don't plan to do this in one day. Best experience is to stay in Creede or Lake City and return the next day.
OPEN to the end of the trail now.
OPEN all the way over to Lake City.
OPEN from all sides.
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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