Cinnamon Pass, Wager Gulch

A section of the famous Alpine Loop with option to visit Carson Ghost Town.

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3 to 4

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Trail Overview

Enjoy this section of the famous Alpine Loop, which can be combined with 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 east side. Open all year, except for weather closures.


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.


The town of Carson, on Wager Gulch Trail, was established in 1882 with an operating post office between 1889 and 1903. The town served the St. Jacobs Mine and others in the area, which produced gold, silver, lead, copper and zinc. The few buildings that remain are only a tiny part of the town that, at one time, was large enough to straddle the Continental Divide.

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 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.

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