Alpine Loop, Colorado

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Has anyone done the Alpine Loop in a full sized truck? I see it listed as a Jeep trail, and short wheel based vehicles are recommended. I have a 2019 Chevy Trail Boss that I’m starting to outfit, and that trail looks awesome.
 

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I did it in August of this year in my land cruiser and have done in previous years. The entrance closest to Ouray is very very rocky a lot more than previous years. There was one section that I hit my tow hitch, about a 2 foot climb over a small rock wall, there is no way around it the road drops off. The length and width of the full size truck could be challenging on some of the trails here in the san Juan’s. The other entrance to alpine loop from silverton can lead to cinnamon pass and engineer pass. If that’s what your looking for . I am not saying your truck can’t make it. there is narrow and tight spots along that end of the trail. Check out the visitor center when you get to town for recommendations.
The trails change year to year. Hope this helps
 
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Has anyone done the Alpine Loop in a full sized truck? I see it listed as a Jeep trail, and short wheel based vehicles are recommended. I have a 2019 Chevy Trail Boss that I’m starting to outfit, and that trail looks awesome.
I've done it a number of times in my Chevrolet Avalanche.. I've done nearly all the popular trails in that area in this truck.
 

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Any portions that are particularly sketchy?
The Animas Forks / Silverton side of Engineer right below the pass is pretty steep. I wouldn't want to do if muddy. However, this loop is a main tourist attraction and is maintained more than you might realize.

The section of Engineer from Animas Forks towards Ouray (sometimes called Mineral Creek) is less maintained and more technical. An un-lifted truck is more likely to scrub on a few rocks here.

No trip to the area is complete without a run over Imogene Pass plus I'd highly recommend doing California Pass/Hurricane Pass/Corkscrew Gulch.

Here's a great resource. Be sure to look at the nearby tabs to see all the adjacent trails. Download their gpx files into something like Gaia if you're not doing that already.

One mistake many make in visiting this area is not realizing the window for these trails being clear is so narrow. July, August and maybe September are your best bets. If you come early in the season (June), keep an eye on this status page to ensure your destination is clear: Colorado High Country Status - Trails Offroad

If you are interested in any company, share your plans and invite others. You might find someone to travel with...including myself.
 

roadKing9503

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The Animas Forks / Silverton side of Engineer right below the pass is pretty steep. I wouldn't want to do if muddy. However, this loop is a main tourist attraction and is maintained more than you might realize.

The section of Engineer from Animas Forks towards Ouray (sometimes called Mineral Creek) is less maintained and more technical. An un-lifted truck is more likely to scrub on a few rocks here.

No trip to the area is complete without a run over Imogene Pass plus I'd highly recommend doing California Pass/Hurricane Pass/Corkscrew Gulch.

Here's a great resource. Be sure to look at the nearby tabs to see all the adjacent trails. Download their gpx files into something like Gaia if you're not doing that already.

One mistake many make in visiting this area is not realizing the window for these trails being clear is so narrow. July, August and maybe September are your best bets. If you come early in the season (June), keep an eye on this status page to ensure your destination is clear: Colorado High Country Status - Trails Offroad

If you are interested in any company, share your plans and invite others. You might find someone to travel with...including myself.
Thank you for the info! Late July would most likely be our window for travel, coming from Louisiana.

Like I said in the original post, my new truck has a factory 2” lift, so I’m hoping that most of those trails are doable. I’ve driven off-road a good bit here in the swamp, but that’s a whole different environment out there.

I grew up in the mountains in Az, but that was before I could drive, lol.
 
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Thank you for the info! Late July would most likely be our window for travel, coming from Louisiana.

Like I said in the original post, my new truck has a factory 2” lift, so I’m hoping that most of those trails are doable. I’ve driven off-road a good bit here in the swamp, but that’s a whole different environment out there.

I grew up in the mountains in Az, but that was before I could drive, lol.

You'll be fine. My truck is totally stock. I just air down and often disconnect my sway bars. Don't underestimate how much you can improve your ride by airing down.

I would avoid Poughkeepsie Gulch and Black Bear Pass unless you've done your homework.

You might consider coming into or leaving the area via Stony Pass. That's a great overlanding route that is often overlooked.

BTW, I'm from LA too.........(Lower Alabama). :tonguewink:
 
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