The Alpine Loop Back Country Byway in the northern San Juan Mountains of
Colorado is a spectacular tour of some of North America's most magnificent
scenery. The largely 4WD trail boasts two 12,000+ foot passes, Cinnamon Pass
(12,613ft) and Engineer Pass (12,800ft) and is an epic high country mountain
bike adventure with 7,000ft + of climbing. The route is mainly on well maintained
4WD roads that are well signed. Take plenty of water, food and rain gear since it's
very exposed on top. The Loop itself has rustic facilities including three
campgrounds, a picnic area, and 10 restrooms along the way. The Alpine Loop
was one of BLM's first Scenic Byways. Outside magazine listed the Alpine Loop as
one of the 10 best rides in the country. The loop can be accessed from Ouray,
Silverton or Lake City. The route described starts at Eureka (there is car parking
at the trailhead) which is reached by heading NE out of Silverton about 7 miles on
Co Rd 2. Lake City is also a popular starting point and you can do the loop and
avoid the out and back from Eureka to Animas Forks.
Alpine Loop MTB Trail
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