Hurricane Pass

Silverton, Colorado (SanJuan County)

Last Updated: 10/28/2019
4.8 /5 ( 13 reviews )
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Status: Impassable
Typically Open: 07/01 - 11/01
Length: 2.2 miles
Highest Elevation: 12674 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: East
Nearest Town: Silverton
Nearest Town w/ Services: Silverton
Official Road Name: San Juan County Road 10
Management Agency: San Juan National Forest
District: Antonito Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Hurricane Pass
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.

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Weather

7 day forecast for Hurricane Pass

Route Information

Technical Rating:
(EASY - MODERATE)

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0.00 mi)
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.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 37.910349, -107.645357

Starting Point: Ouray, CO

**From Ouray:** Beginning at the corner of US 550 and 6th Avenue in Ouray. Travel south on US 550 for 7.9 miles. Follow signs for Ironton Park. On the east side of US 550 is large structure of rocks that resembles a dam. Head east here and follow Corkscrew Pass trail for 4.8 miles. At the end of Corkscrew Pass continue east on San Juan County Road 10. **From Silverton:** Beginning at the corner of W. 12th Street and Greene Street in Silverton. Follow Greene Street northeast for 0.6 miles. Turn left on Colorado Highway #110 and continue north for 6.5 miles. Turn slightly left on to San Juan County Road 10 and continue north for an additional 1.5 miles. The trailhead is at the intersection of San Juan County Road 10 and the Corkscrew Pass Trail.

Camping

Not allowed

Trail Reviews (16)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Impassable
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Currently, San Juan County has issued CLOSURES on all their backcountry passes. San Miguel, Hinsdale, and Ouray County issued a travel at your own risk advisory. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sanjuan/maps-pubs/?cid=fsbdev3_002300

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Good weather and gorgeous fall colors for our trip this weekend. Trail is in good shape and made for a smooth drive.

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Status: Open
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Pretty mellow driving and an incredible place to be in Colorado. Only a few rocky spots on the west side that kept our attention, easy otherwise.

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Awesome views from up here, and a fun short drive. Pretty busy when I went on a Saturday. Drove a few spurs off this road too. One ends pretty quickly on private land (bummer) and the other spur near the summit was more difficult than all of Hurricane Pass, but has a nice view overlooking Poughkeepsie. That spur (I believe it's called Alaska Basin) had some real steep climbs with loose rock and was one of the few times I've actually needed to drive in 4-Low. I'm sure that would be very tough if your car doesnt have good off road tires.

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Status: Open
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The Corkscrew / Hurricane / California route is one of my favorites. Scenery is amazing and this road is faster because it's less technical than something like Imogene. We experienced rain, hail, clouds and moderate traffic.

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Status: Open
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Great views on this short connector road. Wanted to take it up to Poughkeepsie but that is still closed as of 8/3/19. Amazing to still see ice on Lake Como, probably shy of 60 days until new ice is forming!

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Status: Open
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There are some awesome views to be had and sight lines are still compromised due to snow banks. Watch for traffic, the number coming and going on the route makes this important in order to avoid unexpected encounters.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Trail is open and in good condition. Very wet and muddy on the Lake Come side of the pass, which is still very much frozen by the eay. Keep an eye out for oncoming traffic as the snow walls are high, and narrow on that side. The views currently are very impressive with the snowcapped mountains.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Per San Juan County officials Hurricane Pass is officially open as of today. San Juan County has announced also that Animas Forks is able to reached by vehicle at this time also only by way of the Corkscrew/Hurricane/California Pass route. If Animas Forks is your destination then you will need to retrace your steps back the way you came at this time.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
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Hurricane pass is open to the top from Cement Creek (Silverton) side. Pretty good shape with a large turnaround at the top.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Impassable
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Heavy snow pack and late season snow falls have greatly affected the opening date to many of the trails in the San Juan Mountains. I will try to quickly update these trail guides to reflect when the hard working plow and dozer operators are able to dig these wonderful trails out for all of us to enjoy. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sanjuan/maps-pubs/?cid=fsbdev3_002300

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Status: Open
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Great views above timberline. Trail was in good condition.

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Status: Open
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The views are amazing and trail is in good condition. Watch out for large herds of sheep and their guardian dogs.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Declared open all the way through per the San Juan national forest. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sanjuan/maps-pubs/?cid=fsbdev3_002300

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
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Snow has fallen making this trail impassable until next season, closed at the top by snow according to the U.S Forest Service. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sanjuan/maps-pubs/?cid=fsbdev3_002300

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Status: Open
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My trip came out from Lake Como, crossing the pass at Hurricane then on downward towards the junction at Corkscrew. My best recollection was of a wide and open track, apart from the shelf road overlooking Lake Como. Otherwise this is an easier section of the San Juans than most. We were 7 hours into our excursion at this point, on a trip over a year ago, so my details on this bit are somewhat hazy, but the views coming through the Red Mountains above the timberline are expansive and unique.

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Writer Information

Greg Stokes

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Greg Stokes Is a Colorado native, born and raised in Colorado Springs. He has been off-roading since childhood, his parents say his first trip was a Jeep run over Medano Pass when he was only 14 Months old. Greg has been at the wheel of everything from dirtbikes, ATV's, early Jeep CJ5's that he has restored, Wranglers, and presently explores in a 1997 80 Series Toyota Land Cruiser and a 2016 Kawasaki KLR650 motorcycle. Greg is a proud Husband and Father of 3. His passion in the off road world is the vehicle-reliant world of Overlanding. He hopes to one day make it to Canada to Explore the Yukon and Northwest territories.
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