Corkscrew Gulch, Hurricane Pass

Meander through the heart of historic mining country.

Total Miles
7.1
Plan with onX Offroad

Elevation
3873.42

Duration
1 to2

Technical Rating
3/10

Best Time
Summer/Fall

Trail Overview

Wind between two peaks of the Red Mountains and enjoy some really beautiful country. Logging trucks are common on the lower portion of the trail. Parking and camping are available at the bottom of the trail. From here you can also check out Gray Copper Gulch.

Difficulty

Moderate. Easy when dry. The road is wide and graded most of the way; however, one section of narrow switchbacks at the top may be intimidating to novice drivers. If wet, the trail becomes more difficult due to slippery clay soil.

History

Just south of where Corkscrew Gulch leaves U.S. 550, several roads wind around in the trees. Here and there, a building can be found. This is all that remains of the once important mining town of Ironton. In 1890, the town provided supplies for many rich mines in the area and had a population of over 300. The town had its own water system, an electric plant, fire department and post office. The town managed to survive long after the silver market collapsed around the turn of the century. People actually lived in Ironton until the 1960s. The lumber from the buildings was carted off over the years, so not much remains.

Access Description

From south end of Ouray, head south 7.8 miles on U.S. 550 and turn left at what appears to be a dam. There's a wood bridge and large parking area on the left. If you are coming from Silverton through Gladstone, Poughkeepsie Gulch or California Gulch, you will drive the trail from top to bottom starting at C.R. 10.

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