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Alpine Loop

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Alt Names

Alpine Triangle, San Juan National Forest, Cinnamon Pass, San Juan Mountains, Red Mountain, Mineral Point, Kendall Mountain, California Gulch, Black Bear Pass, Continental Divide, Ophir Pass, Telluride, Silverton, Ouray

Last Known StatusOpen

This popular summer destination has around 65 miles of designated motorized trails with plenty of side roads that wind through the San Juan Mountains. The trail system mainly consists of old mining roads that wind near abandoned mines, railroads, mills, and ghost towns, providing visitors a glimpse into the areas mining history.

The trail system has five designated staging areas and several RV campgrounds that provide direct trail access. There are plenty of primitive campgrounds with direct trail access that charge a small fee but free camping can be found at Lost Trail Campground.

The area is very popular with Jeeps and ATVs but is also a good place to bring a dual sport motorcycle. Most of the trails are rated as moderately challenging but there are a couple of expert level only trails which include Black Bear Pass and Poughkeepsie Gulch.

The trails are only passable during the summer months and are usually snow free by mid June. Other area highlights include natural hot springs in Ouray that are sulphur free.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CitySilverton, CO
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From: Montrose, CO
1) Take US-550 south about 35 miles
2) Turn right onto Camp Bird Road, continue 2 miles
3) Staging area is on the right (north)

For the Alpine Loop Trailhead:
4) Take US-550 south about 40 miles
5) Alpine Loop Trailhead is on the left (east).

For the Red Mountain Trailhead:
6) Continue south past the Alpine Loop Trailhead on US-550 9.5 miles
7) Turn left (east) onto dirt road, continue about .25 miles toward staging area.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandBLM, National Forest

RATINGS

Our RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Miles Of Trail65
Climate TypeForest
Elevation7800 to 12640 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis national forest has some roads.Some
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has some hazards.Some(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Beware of cliffs.
some trails have very steep and narrow dropoffs
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesColorado OHV Sticker
Dates OpenJune - October
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)(1998/older limit 99 dB, 1998/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesSome Areasnot permitted on Black Bear Pass Trail
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome Areasnot permitted on Black Bear Pass Trail and Trail #821
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSSome Areasnot permitted on Black Bear Pass Trail and Trail #821
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered)Some Areasnot permitted on Trail #821
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areasnot permitted on Black Bear Pass Trail and Trail #821
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep on designated trails
FireworksProhibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.

FEES & PASSES

Parking(Unknown)
Entry(None)
RidingYes ($0.00)
Camping(Unknown)
CommentCamping fees vary at individual campgrounds - call for current rates.

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First AidSilverton, COcheck trail map for medical services
Gasoline GasolineSilverton, CO
Diesel DieselSilverton, CO
Potable Water WaterOn Sitecheck trail map for campgrounds
RV Hookups RV HookupOn Site
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOn Site
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Sitecheck trail map for campgrounds
Convenience Store Conv StoreSilverton, CO
Swimming Swim Area1-5 Miles (N)Ouray Hot Springs (970) 325-7073
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site
Boating Launch Boat RampSilverton, CO

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoSan Juan National Forest - Silverton Field Station
1468 Greene Street
Silverton, CO 81433
(970) 387-5530
www.fs.usda.gov
Contact InfoBLM - Gunnison Field Office
210 W. Spencer Street
Gunnison, CO 81230
(970) 642-4940
www.blm.gov
Contact InfoColorado State Parks - Registration Unit
13787 South Highway 85
Littleton, CO 80125
(303) 791-1920
dnr.ivrsparks@state.co.us
cpw.state.co.us
Contact InfoSilver Summit RV Park And Jeep Rentals
640 Mineral Street
Silverton, CO 81433
(970) 387-0240
(970) 210-3683
silversummitrv@gmail.com
silversummitrvpark.com
Contact InfoSilverton Lakes Campground
2100 Kendall Street
Silverton, CO 81433
(970) 387-9888
silvertonlakes@live.com
www.silvertonlakes.com
CommentFull service campground with direct trail access.
Contact InfoEureka Campground
Silverton, CO
(970) 618-3913
terri@eurekacampground.com
www.eurekacampground.com
CommentFull service campground with direct trail access.

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