Engineer Pass

Part of the Alpine Loop

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Location Lake City, CO
Rating Moderate,
Length 21mi
Time 3hrs

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Northern half of the iconic Alpine Loop.

This trail, combined with Cinnamon Pass, Trail #15, constitutes the famous Alpine Loop. It is an exhilarating trip for drivers of all experience levels. There are many mines and points of historical interest along the route. The east side of the trail follows Henson Creek where you’ll find excellent places to camp and fish.


Trail Ratings Defined

Most of the route is easy, but there are still a few narrow, steep places on the west side of the pass that will get your attention. This is a very high pass and should not be treated lightly. Don’t drive if snow covered. Caution should be used at all times especially in wet weather. Any 4x4 with moderate ground clearance and lowrange gearing can do it.






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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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