Corkscrew Gulch, Hurricane Pass

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Location Ouray, CO
Rating Moderate,
Length 7.1mi
Time 2hrs

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Easy way to reach Hurricane Pass and California Gulch.

This scenic trail cuts through the heart of old mining country as it winds between Red Mountain #1 and #2. Watch for logging trucks on lower part of trail. You can park and camp at bottom end of trail off Highway 550. From the bottom, you can also explore Gray Copper Gulch, which is left at the first major fork, marked as Brown Mountain. Trails become impassable in the winter season.


Trail Ratings Defined

Easy when dry. The road is wide and graded most of the way; however, one section of narrow switchbacks at the top may be intimidating to novice drivers. If wet, the trail becomes more difficult due to slippery clay soil.




4.8 Corkscrew 2.3 Hurricane Pass



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Trail Updates

Due to our findings driving this trail in the summer of 2018, we have changed the rating of this trail to Moderate in our 4th edition book from Easy in our 3rd edition.


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