Engineer Pass

Get to the east side of this trail to enjoy some great camping and fishing.

Total Miles

21

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Elevation
12,800'
Duration
3 Hours
Technical Rating
4 / 10
Best Time
Summer - Fall

As we continue to improve our trail coverage, we'd love to hear what you think and which areas to add next.

Trail Overview
Engineer Pass
This trail is one portion of the Alpine Loop. There is something for all levels and a lot of unique historical sights to see. When you reach the east side, you'll follow Henson Creek. This is a great place for camping and fishing.
History
Engineer Pass Road was a major stagecoach and freight route when it opened in the late 1870s. Like so many other roads in the area, it was built by Otto Mears as a toll road. Watch for kiosks along the route that describe key features. Take some time to see the town of Henson and the Ute-Ulay Mine. The mine was discovered in 1871 and sparked the development of Lake City.
Getting There
From Silverton: From the northeast end of town, take C.R. 2 a total of 14 miles northeast following signs for the Alpine Loop. The road gets rockier and steeper north of Animas Forks. From Lake City: Drive over Cinnamon Pass, Trail #15, from east to west, or just drive Engineer in reverse direction. To reach Engineer from Lake City, take 2nd Street west from Highway 149, then turn left on Bluff Street and follow signs to Alpine Loop.
Contact for Current Conditions
San Juan Mountains Center
Silverton
(970) 387-5530