Porphyry Gulch

This short, but sweet trail is a good choice for a quick afternoon drive.

Total Miles


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1 to 2 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
Porphyry Gulch
After completing this short trail, you will arrive at a beautiful spot with mountain lakes and waterfalls. If you're in an unlicensed vehicle, you may have trouble finding room to stage at the trailhead. Some drivers head in through the entrance to Black Bear, but the cut-over to this trail is unmarked and crosses private property. It could close without notice.
Getting There
Head south from Ouray on U.S. 550 about 13.5 miles. Turn right on F.S. 822 about a half mile after milepost 80. From Silverton, drive north on 550 about 9 miles.
Contact for Current Conditions
San Juan Mountains Center
(970) 387-5530