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Old 01-20-2014, 08:49 AM   #1
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Ouray, Colorado Jeep Trails

I'm planning a spring or early summer trip to Ouray with some Jeep buddies. I was looking for a little guidance from some folks that have been there on recommended Jeep trails that are mild to moderate that we can check out while we are there and maybe what the best time to go would be? (spring or summer?). Thanks in advance for any guidance/help.

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Old 01-20-2014, 10:46 AM   #2
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I read in the paper they will start plowing and opening the trails in May. They should all be open in June. For easy trails, I would recommend Yankee Boy Basin, Last Dollar Road, Ouray County Road 2 to Co Rd 4, Ouray County Road 5 to Top O the Pines, and Owl Creek Pass. Also if you like ghost towns, from Silverton head to Animas Forks town site, and then up to Engineer Pass.

Ouray Colorado - Come Visit

Bring and drink LOTS of water. You'll be from 8,000 to 13,000 feet elevation. Have fun!

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I read in the paper they will start plowing and opening the trails in May. They should all be open in June. For easy trails, I would recommend Yankee Boy Basin, Last Dollar Road, Ouray County Road 2 to Co Rd 4, Ouray County Road 5 to Top O the Pines, and Owl Creek Pass. Also if you like ghost towns, from Silverton head to Animas Forks town site, and then up to Engineer Pass.

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Great info. Thank you!
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Old 01-22-2014, 12:56 PM   #4
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Crazy hawk where are you leaving out of?
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McKinney, TX (25 miles North of Dallas, TX)
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Old 01-22-2014, 03:36 PM   #6
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We went last summer and are going back this summer. You have to do Imogene pass while you are there. Fantastic trail.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:46 PM   #7
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We are planning a trip to that area for the end of June.
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:40 AM   #8
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I'll agree with Jeepers above, Imogene pass is a great ride.
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:45 AM   #9
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I'll agree with Jeepers above, Imogene pass is a great ride.
Thanks for the feedback and thanks for making my thread your first post!

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Old 02-04-2014, 04:57 PM   #10
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Crazy I am out of Aubrey... I have a couple Of buddies that might tag along.
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Old 02-04-2014, 05:25 PM   #11
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To the guys that have run Poughkeepsie Gulch, I want to run it this year and was wondering what type of lift would be needed on our 2014 JKUR. Thanks for any input.
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Read thread "jeepin across America, the adventure continues". Aside from being the single best read on this forum, it's full of valuable information about this area.
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Black Bear Pass did not seem that tough. Just want good brakes. Stock 69 Bronco with 235/75/15 tires made it. Very cool to look back at it from Telluride and then go over Imogene back to Ouray. Would caution doing on a wet day. I suggest mid June or later, too early and may not be able to do some trails cause of snow.
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Black Bear Pass did not seem that tough. Just want good brakes. Stock 69 Bronco with 235/75/15 tires made it. Very cool to look back at it from Telluride and then go over Imogene back to Ouray. Would caution doing on a wet day. I suggest mid June or later, too early and may not be able to do some trails cause of snow.
Black Bear is a fantastic trail ... and really not that difficult. One thing about Black Bear is the "exposure". Some of the switchbacks will really get your attention...
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To the guys that have run Poughkeepsie Gulch, I want to run it this year and was wondering what type of lift would be needed on our 2014 JKUR. Thanks for any input.
I've seen stock Rubicons do it, but 2 inches of lift and 32's help. Also helps to have lockers when you get to the "wall" obstacle when running it towards California Gulch.
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All of the trails in that area are super scenic and most are very easy with the primary exception being Poughkeepsie Gulch. I wouldn't do that trail without lockers front and rear. I followed a bone stock Jeep Liberty down Black Bear a few years ago and I've seen Lexus RX350's do the Engineer Pass Loop.
Pick up the Charles Wells Guide Book if you don't already have it. Great directions and it will help you understand how difficult each trail is.
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LJ Dave, Thanks for the feedback. I already have 33's. Planing on a Teraflex 2.5 lift this spring. So hopefully will be good on Poughkeepsie.
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Sinister 6, nice photos. Thanks
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Crazy Hawk, are you still going to Ouray? I will be there around July 5 and would like to buddy up to do a couple of easier trails. Any interest?
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Check out Ophir Pass. It is easy but very scenic. Here is a good site to check the status of the trails: Bushducks - Jeep Trail and Backroads Trip Reports<BR>Colorado Jeep Trails and Passes - Opening Dates
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Will be in Ouray and doing Black Bear around July 23-25 2014. Anyone going to be in that area during that time.
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Crazy Hawk, are you still going to Ouray? I will be there around July 5 and would like to buddy up to do a couple of easier trails. Any interest?
Look at Colorado Forum there's a group head'n there over that week.
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I am trying to plan a trip out there on the 25th-27th

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Will be in Ouray and doing Black Bear around July 23-25 2014. Anyone going to be in that area during that time.
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I am trying to plan a trip out there on the 25th-27th
We should try and meet up if we are there the same time. We've been to Ouray around 15 times and with several groups.

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I'm planning a spring or early summer trip to Ouray with some Jeep buddies. I was looking for a little guidance from some folks that have been there on recommended Jeep trails that are mild to moderate that we can check out while we are there and maybe what the best time to go would be? (spring or summer?). Thanks in advance for any guidance/help.
I would say summer to make sure all trails are open. Imogene is one that would be still closed if they had a lot of snow. Done it in mid summer and late summer and on the late summer trip it still had an area that was all ice that gave us a good thrill.
Also love the area around Buena Vista, Nathrop & Leadville for some great trails.
We are doing both areas July 19-25.

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