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Alpine Loop from Silverton

Missouri City, TX
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Alpine Loop from Silverton

I want to do the Alpine loop from Silverton in Mid September. We will be driving up to CO in my wife's '98 Land Cruiser. I have read that sections require high clearance and short wheelbase. The Toyota has low gears and a rear locker, but I'm worried about clearance, about 9" w/ 112" wheelbase. (don't want to bang up her car). Is anyone familar with the loop and can tell me if it is passable / clear at this time of year and do you think the Land Cruiser has sufficient clearence with the longer wheel base?

Belleville, IL
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1. Re: Alpine Loop from Silverton

I can't answer for sure if your vehicle would make it, but we had no problems driving the Alpine Loop in a stock Jeep TJ last year. We skipped the most difficult part of Engineer Pass that starts at the highway. Instead we went over Corkscrew Gulch to Hurricane Pass and California Pass. We ended up at Animas Forks. Then we took Enginner Pass over to Lake City and Cinnamon Pass back to Animas Forks. We then drove to Silverton and returned to Ouray. We did all this in one long day. You could drive straight to Animas Forks from Silverton and just complete the loop from there. That would be the easiest.

Cinnamon Pass was fairly tame. Engineer was a bit more rocky near the summit of the pass, but nothing very difficult. It does help to have good clearance and skid plates. I highly recommend the Fun Treks Jeeping books for following any of the Jeep trails in the area. http://www.funtreks.com/

This site also has some good photos and videos of some of the trails to give you an idea of the difficulty:


Ouray, Colorado
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2. Re: Alpine Loop from Silverton

Everything Want2Travel said is correct... In mid to late September, it could be shut down for snow... especially since Engineer is up and over 13,000 feet.

However, last year, we went over Cinnamon in late September and there wasn't even a dusting of snow... the aspens were fantastic on the Lake City Side...

3. Re: Alpine Loop from Silverton

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