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Corkscrew Gulch 4x4 Road

Easy, gorgeous drive that continues over Hurricane Pass

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 7.1 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  This scenic trail cuts through the heart of old mining country as it winds between Red Mountain #1 and #2. Watch for logging trucks on... more »

Tips:  Tips: Easiest when done in good weather. Clay soil can be slippery when wet. You’ll climb above 12,000 feet. Take plenty of water and ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking Area at Start

If coming from Ouray, turn left off Highway 550 at what appears to be a dam. Drive in short distance to parking and staging area on left. Unlicensed vehicles can unload here. As you continue, you'll see dispersed camping along road.

2. Brown Mountain Turn Off

Road goes left to more dispersed camping and an interesting side trip to Brown Mountain and Gray Copper Gulch that is fun for ATVs. Continue straight for Corkscrew Gulch. Road soon swings right and starts to climb.

3. Public Toilet

Pass vault toilet and begin steep switchbacks as you climb out of forest.

4. Intersect County Road 10

Stay right after another public toilet before intersection with County Road 10. Turn left uphill to continue to Hurricane Pass, Poughkeepsie Gulch and California Gulch. Right goes downhill to Gladstone, where you can pick up Road 110 into Silverton.

5. Fun Side Road to Right

Continue straight to reach Hurricane Pass. On right is a fun easy side road to explore. It eventually deadends.

6. Hurricane Pass

You reach Hurricane Pass at 12,407 feet. Looking northeast, you can see the Poughkeepsie Gulch Trail running alongside Lake Como. This trail is available as eGuide from FunTreks.

7. Driver's Choice

A major fork offers two choices. Left goes downhill on difficult Poughkeepsie Gulch. Right climbs up to gorgeous California Pass and continues down otherside all the way to Animas Forks Ghost Town. Califonia Pass is a moderate trail provided snow has melted. Both Poughkeepsie and California Pass are available as eGuides from FunTreks.