Tuesday, July 5, 2011

ROAD TRIP - Off-road - The Alpine Loop

Truly on top of the world at "Oh Point" near Engineer Pass, elev 12,800'
The Alpine Loop  over Cinnamon Pass to Lake City, then back over Engineer Pass is a "must do trip" for anyone with a 4x4 vehicle. The trip takes about 6-7 hours all told when traveling from Silverton, Colorado and then back. The road is very easy in the lower elevations near Lake City and slightly challenging in the higher elevations. Any 4x4 can make the trip.


You can download the Google Map HERE.

More photos from the top.

Looking East
Looking West
Info on these sections at TrailDamage.com

Cinnamon Pass
Engineer Pass

Traffic on the loop. Two guys on big BMW GS1200's in front of us.
Heading down after Cinnamon Pass near the Sloan Lake fork.
Switchbacks!
Once down in Lake City, we stopped at the famous "Southern Vittles" restaurant for their legendary Country Fried Steak meal. Many Texans hang their hat in Lake City in the summer and with them has come this great eatery.

You can find more about Southern Vittles HERE.

Southern Vittles Restaurant
AWESOME Country Fried Steak!
Heading back, we follow Henson Creek which was really roaring, and then up to Engineer Pass.

Huge snow pack at Engineer Pass

Wet roads yet, with great traction.

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