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Alpine Loop

In getting into colorado overlanding, one trail that consistently comes up is the Alpine Loop--Engineer Pass and Cinnamon Pass. Of course, the big issue for these is it's nearly a half-day trip just to get there.

This really is just a feeler to see if anyone is considering doing these trails this year--I hope to, but the schedules are uncertain, but I'd really like to make these happen this year.

Yes, this is about the weakest "trip planning" thread so far--but it's one I'd like to do
 

Overland1

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I did the Alpine Loop and several other trails down there when I was starting out. I ran everything in my stock 4Runner without problem, it's an absolutely beautiful area. I would plan on more then a few days down there. We spent a week last time and could of stayed longer.
 

nuclearlemon

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easily been a decade since i've been up that way. years ago, a friend used to do and annual "ghost town" event over a weekend. worked out great since he was huge into train lore and that's where most of our trails came from. he knew a lot of history of everywhere we went. wish he still wheeled.
 

Overland1

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I must of missed the train lore when I was down there. Was he talking general stuff or was there something specific?
 

XTorrey

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If anyone will be there during the week hit us up and we'll be happy to trail lead. We're only about 90 minutes from Ouray, so we've camped up there dozens of times to escape the heat and are very familiar with most of the trail systems. We're going to try and get up there for a few days after Gone Moab, but it may still be too cold for the baby. Garrett said that they've started plowing early this year though and already have Ophir Pass cleared to the summit.
 

nuclearlemon

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I must of missed the train lore when I was down there. Was he talking general stuff or was there something specific?
all the passes were railroads, the towns were stops for the railroads. if you look at colorados back country, almost every place can be traced to the railroad in one way or another. the railroad was what helped keep the mining communities alive. those that had access thrived better. through railroad books, nathaniel learned the historys behind a lot of the small mining towns so he always had cool little facts.

my only solace is that he no longer has time to wheel because he is brewing beer ;)
 

Overland1

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Sounds like a wealth of information. I'm not sure I can fault him for brewing but you need to find balance in your life. It can't all be rainbows and beer after all.
 

XTorrey

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Garrett has been keeping an eye on the snow melt and could give you a heads up. He has to go through the area and over Red Mountain pass for a few of his work stops.
 
I have a great book about mining towns, railroads and off road routes for Colorado that I will bring on Wednesday. I think the wife got it at High Country last year around christmas. Dont remember the name off the top though