California Gulch

1 Review
Location Ouray, CO
Rating Easy,
Length 4.6mi
Time 1hr

Vehicle Types

Overview

Leaves “Animas Forks Ghost Town” and climbs to California Pass.

East end of trail starts at historic Animas Forks Ghost Town, gateway to the Alpine Loop. A remote, memorable drive with many well-preserved mine buildings. Awesome views.

Rating

Easy
Trail Ratings Defined

Road is in good condition most of the summer. Heavy snow on east side of California Pass is usually plowed by late June. Low range recommended for upper portion of trail.

Stats

Length

4.6mi

Time

1hr

High Point

12,930ft

Best Time To Go

June-Sept

Current Conditions

(970) 387-5530Contact the San Juan Mountains Center in Silverton

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Jeff Bouton - Fruita, CO says

This is a great trail for exploring the San Juan Mountains above tree line. It also offers a lot of interesting side trails, such as the Picayune and Placer Gulches, and can be extended to Hurricane Pass and Cork Screw Gulch, which are all easy trails with great views and a lot of historic old mines.
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