Cinnamon Pass

Total Miles


3847.19 ft


3 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Enjoy this section of the famous Alpine Loop, which can be combined with the Engineer Pass. Take Wager Gulch up to Carson Ghost Town, and take Cinnamon Pass Road up to American Basin for wildflowers. Staging is available on the western side across from Eureka Campground. Staging area options on the east side.


Moderate. Most of this trail is easy; however, the western end is steep and rocky in a few places. The side trip up Wager Gulch is more difficult. All roads, when dry, are suitable for any stock 4x4 SUV with moderate ground clearance. The side trip up American Basin is borderline difficult.

Technical Rating


Access Description

From Ouray: Follow directions for Mineral Creek, Trail #9, then head south 1.4 miles on C.R. 2 to Cinnamon Pass on left. From Silverton: Head north on C.R. 2 for about 12 miles and turn right uphill after Animas Forks. From Lake City: Head south on Highway 149 and turn right on C.R. 30 after 2.3 miles.