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Just got back from four days of riding the Alpine Loop and surrounding trails. If you like riding in the HIGH country, and the most beautiful views in Colorado, this needs to be on your bucket list.

We were camped at 9,600' and most everything went up from there. I was riding with two identical Polaris RZR PRO XP 4 Ultimate machines. What an amazing area.

Here is a link to some of my photos from the trip. Click on pictures to view in full size. There is an arrow on the right to advance from picture to picture so you don't have to click on each picture.

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Want to do that for sure. Was there a place nearby to rent any cabins and such? With my crew and their ages the wife would want a cabin in the evenings. We are not tent campers yet.


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There are all kinds of cabins to rent in Lake City and the surrounding area. You can ride in town (which enables you to ride the loop) so staying in town works fine.
 

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After seeing the pics I did some digging and we may make a Jeep trip out of it. Looks like its about a 19 hour drive from where I'm sitting.
Some folks struggle with the altitude. Might figure on a day or so to get acclimated to the altitude if you come from low elevation. It's a real thing. It's about a 5-1/2 hour drive for me.
 

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I heard Silverton voted NO ORV in town this year, I bet that hurts their yearly income
I'm sure they will feel some effect from it, but I think they will be fine. There are about as many Jeeps and other full size, street legal rigs as OHV's up there. I also see it from the residents point of view. I saw idiots in Lake City burn out of the gas station in their sxs, tires squealing and hauling a$$. Those are the people we should be mad at, not the folks who live there and have to put up with crap like that on a daily basis. On the other hand, all we lose by not being able to ride in Silverton is we lose being able to ride in Silverton. That's it. We don't lose access to the Alpine Loop or any of the connected trails. Pretty sure that's all you could ride from town anyway.
 

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Bob have you done Black bear pass?
I have not. I would really like to do it, but the logistics are complicated. I would somehow have to have my truck and trailer in Telluride to pick me up after finishing the ride. Could just ride to the top of the switchbacks and then backtrack to the trailhead, but I would prefer not to do it that way. I'd like to do the entire trail.
 

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Good stuff Bob, didn't see any Poughkeepsie pics though 😉
Really gonna miss Kendall Mt Trail and Handlebars Food and Saloon with the Silverton OHV ban.
Looks like you made it up Wager to Sherman, is it still for sale? You buyin?
That would be Carson, and yes it's still for sale. Didn't have my checkbook with me so it's still up for grabs... :)

We did also ride into Sherman since the turn was only a few hundred feet from our campground. Went clear to the end of the road to Cuba Gulch Trailhead about dusk searching for moose. No luck.

Didn't have time for Poughkeepsie this trip, and we weren't confident in the abilities of one of the couples. Gives me something to look forward to for the next trip down there.
 

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Let's see if I can remember the trails we rode. 190 miles all in. Doesn't sound like many miles but figure 8-10 mph max average on those trails and it's about 21 hours of drive time. (not including all the stops)

Alpine Loop
American Basin
Rd. 36 - Wager Gulch
Rd. 14X - A loop that comes out at Ski Hill
Rd. 14 - Nellie Creek
Rd. 21 - Hurricane Basin - to Golconda Boarding House
Rd. 9 - Picayune Gulch - started loop below Animas Forks and came back down Placer Gulch
 

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Sounds like you stayed pretty active to cover all that with some sightseeing mixed in.
Crowded?
A little early but any colors showing yet?

I used to take the right fork at the top of Wager to watch the sunrise, but they closed it.
Running that ridge road off Picayune is a favorite too, looked like one of your pictures was taken from there?
We didn't spend much time sitting around camp. Usually on the trails by 0900 and back late afternoon just in time to start dinner.
There were a fair number of folks up there but nothing too horrible. Once off of the loop and on the side trails you didn't run across many other machines.
We were probably about 2 weeks too early for the fall colors. There were a few just starting to show hints of turning.
We did the Picayune/Placer loop and ran the offshoot trails off of Picayune. Good eye.
 

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Is there no way to connect to Imogene pass back to Ouray legally from the bottom of black bear?
I like staying in Ouray, it’s a bit more centrally located for a bunch of trails but Lake City is amazing too.
Unfortunately there is not.
 

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So if you are street legal in your state AZ you can ride through town?
No you cannot. Colorado does not recognize any UTV/ATV as being street legal. Individual towns/counties can allow it if they choose, but if there is a state highway running through town, you can't ride on it regardless of the rules for local streets. Telluride does NOT allow us on their streets.
 
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