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Mineral Creek

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Location Ouray, CO
Rating Difficult,
Length 7mi
Time 2hrs

Vehicle Types

Overview

Challenging shortcut from Ouray to iconic Alpine Loop.

From Ouray, this is the quickest and most direct way to the Alpine Loop and Engineer Pass, but it is also the most difficult. Road climbs up scenic narrow canyon and accesses Poughkeepsie Gulch and Mineral Point. Hidden waterfalls at Poughkeepsie entrance. This popular trail has limited parking at start and can get quite congested on busy weekends.

Rating

Difficult
Trail Ratings Defined

Starts out quickly with difficult spot that has optional easier lines. Rocky and steep in places, especially after Waypoint 02. Stock 4x4 SUVs can do it with careful tire placement and patience. No room to pass along several sections of narrow ledge roads. High clearance, low range and skid plates recommended.

Stats

Length

7mi

Time

2hrs

High Point

12,080ft

Best Time To Go

June-Sept

Current Conditions

(970) 240-5300Uncompahgre N.F., Ouray R.D.

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