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.
Submitted by Matthew
I Ran Mineral Creek and the road to me seemed a bit rougher than what I remember from 2 years ago. My recommendation is to get on this trail early from the HWY 550 side to avoid having to deal with vehicles trying to pass going in the opposite direction. I would also recommend you link this with California Pass to Hurricane Pass then onto Gladstone. Exit back to Silverton via 110. This makes for a great day trip with nice views and a variety of landscapes. You can
stop and check out the town of Animas Forks also. Best run we did of the whole trip.