Cinnamon Pass, Wager Gulch

Southern portion of the famous Alpine Loop

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Location Lake City, CO
Rating Moderate,
Length 19.2mi
Time 4hrs

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Overview

Southern half of the iconic Alpine Loop.

This trail, combined with Engineer Pass (Trail #14), constitutes the famous Alpine Loop. The western half of the trip passes many historic points and climbs to outstanding views. Side trip up Wager Gulch takes you to Carson Ghost Town. Cinnamon Pass Road also accesses beautiful American Basin, one of the best places in the area for wildflowers. There’s a large staging area for unlicensed vehicles soon after the pavement ends on C.R. 30 if starting from Lake City.

Rating

Moderate
Trail Ratings Defined

Most of this trail is easy; however, the western half is steep and rocky in a few places. The side trip up Wager Gulch is slightly more difficult. All roads, when dry, are suitable for any stock 4x4 SUV with moderate ground clearance. The side trip up American Basin (shown on map) is borderline difficult.

Stats

Length

19.2mi

Time

4hrs

High Point

12,640ft

Best Time To Go

June-Sept

Current Conditions

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

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Trail Updates

8/24/2018
Submitted by Charles A. Wells
A new law in Hinsdale County now allows unlicensed vehicles to legally ride on all county roads including through the town of Lake City. All riders must have a driver’s license and proof of insurance. Vehicles must be street legal.

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