The Alpine Loop
ElevationAscent: 6,023' 1,836 m
Descent: -6,015' -1,833 m
High: 12,967' 3,952 m
Low: 8,685' 2,647 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“A classic high-elevation route with great history and amazing views.”— Tim Judkins
The Loop takes you over two passes (Cinnamon and Engineer) between Lake City and Silverton. It can be accessed from Lake City, Silverton (via CR 2) or Ouray (via CR 17 off of Red Mountain Pass). The described route starts and ends in Lake City.
Leave Lake City going south. Take the well-marked turn towards Lake San Cristobal on County Road 30. Continue the long, beautiful climb up to Cinnamon Pass at 12,600' on Cinnamon Pass Road. Descend steeply towards Animas Forks and then begin climbing again to the north and east on County Road 2, Engineer Pass Road until you reach Engineer Pass at 12,800'. From Engineer Pass, it is a long, fast descent back to Lake City tying into County Road 20. The route is very well signed.
The Loop can be done counter-clockwise as well. An early start is recommended due to the risks of afternoon thunderstorms and Jeep/UTV traffic.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Dogs Allowed, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed