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 most of 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

The majority of the drive, coming down the east side of the pass, is easy. However, the west side, between Wpts. 01 and 02, is very steep, narrow and rocky in spots. Caution should be used at all times especially in wet weather. Novice backcountry drivers may be intimidated. Don’t drive if snow covered. You’ll want 4-wheel drive with low range gearing and high ground clearance. No seasonal closures except by weather.






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

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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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