|Typically Open:||07/01 - 11/01|
|Highest Elevation:||12674 feet|
|Duration:||About 30 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||East|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Silverton|
|Official Road Name:||San Juan County Road 10|
|Management Agency:||San Juan National Forest|
|District:||Antonito Ranger District|
Hurricane Pass is unique in the San Juan Mountains in that almost the entire length of the trail is situated above timberline. This offers travelers the opportunity to observe high alpine wildlife such as Marmots in relatively close proximity. In addition, gorgeous wildflowers abound in late July contrasting the jagged, rocky peaks that seem to extend forever in all directions.
Dirt road. Rutted, washes, or gulches. Water crossings up to 6" depth. Passable mud. Grades up to 10 degrees. Small rocks or holes. 4WD recommended but 2WD possible under good conditions and with adequate ground clearance and skill. No width problems for any normal vehicle. Vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.Read more about our rating system
|Spring:||Closed for season|
|Summer:||Trail conditions can vary rapidly due to weather conditions|
|Fall:||Typically closes due to snowfall around 11/1|
|Winter:||Closed for season|
The trailhead is situated at the end of Corkscrew Pass Trail. The initial climb from the trailhead is a shelf road but visibility is excellent allowing oncoming traffic to clear before starting the trail. The historic Mogul Mine can be seen across the valley at this point.
At this point a turnout is found along the route allowing oncoming traffic to pass and to take in the beautiful views of the Red Mountains to the west.
An ore chute is found adjacent to the trail. The chute still contains gold ore showing just how quickly the mines in this area ceased operating and the workers seem to have just walked away.
The Hurricane Pass Summit is reached at this point. The beautiful blue Lake Como becomes visible to the east. Weather in this area can change by the minute. Those travelling in this area should be prepared for inclement weather.
The trail ends near Como Lake and offers travelers a choice of routes to explore. Continue uphill to the east to follow the popular California Pass trail into the ghost town of Animas Forks. Turning north leads drivers down the difficult Poughkeepsie Gulch.
Starting Point: Ouray, CO