California Pass

4.8/5 (32 reviews)
Silverton, Colorado (SanJuan County)
Last Updated: 10/12/2021
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Trail Information

Highlights

California Pass is a gorgeous route offering scenic vistas of the San Juan Mountains and traverses an area rich with mining history. From the top of California Pass at 12,963 feet, an amazing view looking down on the stunning Lake Como can be seen to the northwest. The eastern side of California Pass offers some of the richest mining areas Colorado had to offer in the late 1800s, with the well-preserved ghost town of Animas Forks on the trail's east end.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

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Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (33 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/18/2022

Vehicle: Xterra with mild lift Third leg of our group outing. I thought it was an a fairly easy run but worthy of its rating. Weather was perfect for an early fall day.
Simon
1300
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/10/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Very easy connector trail with no real obstacles to speak. Great mine along the way to check out and explore - also makes for a great little lunch spot.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/07/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Trail Review: California Pass - Gavin Swanson
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/18/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Intermittent rain, sometimes heavy all the way through which I think elevated the difficulty quite a bit. The climb immediately before, and descent after the summit are pretty steep and narrow but otherwise it's a beautiful trail.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/12/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

As of the day we ran it the pass is open and far more interesting than expected. If you come over Cinnamon like we did then you'll be surprised to find this rated easier. Nothing you can handle with 4low and decent clearance. Early season snow banks did make this pretty spicy and a ton of fun. It's very narrow in the snow fields and not much room to pass but there are some spots near switchbacks. Great trail and probably the highlight of our route.
Trail Review: California Pass - Shane DeMars
Trail Review: California Pass - Shane DeMars

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