Mineral Creek

Total Miles
7.0

Elevation

3,680.77 ft

Duration

1.5 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Difficult

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This is a quick way to get from point to point, but it's challenging. It's a fun climb up a thin canyon to Poughkeepsie Gulch and Mineral Point. Look for hidden waterfalls at the entrance to Poughkeepsie. There is not a lot of parking at the trailhead, and it can get really packed on the weekends.

Photos of Mineral Creek

Mineral Creek
Mineral Creek
Mineral Creek

Difficulty

Difficult. Starts out quickly with difficult spot that has optional easier lines. Rocky and steep in places, especially after Waypoint 02. Stock 4x4 SUVs can do it with careful tire placement and patience. No room to pass along several sections of narrow ledge roads. High clearance, low range and skid plates recommended.

History

The town of Mineral Point (a.k.a. Mineral City), located near the San Juan Chief Mill, existed during a period from 1873 to the 1890s. It served as a mid point stop for prospectors heading for what would soon become the town of Ouray. Stagecoaches and wagons used this road before Highway 550 existed. Side roads, south of Waypoints 03 and 04, once ran through Mineral Point. As you Passing can be challenging in some spots. drive through the area, please respect what remains.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

Doug Zelinka
Jun 11, 2024
2024 Jeep Wrangler
Open
Muddy/Wet
Bill P
Jun 09, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Note: Novice off-roader here. 2006 Jeep Sport. Factory suspension and ride height. Only up grade is rancho shocks. From 550 the trail toward Silverton starts off steep and rocky. There are some rock sections that take some getting out and assessing. There was one section that I didn’t think I would make but was able to work through it. The views are amazing. Lots of others out riding around if you get into trouble.
B Powell
May 29, 2024
4x4
Open
Pretty rugged trail, but fun. You can make it to Silverton as snow has been pushed aside. Most people were up by Animas ghost town.
Jason Bolfango
May 24, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Muddy/Wet
Snow/Ice
Nice trail, some water from snow melt. Trail was covered with snow about a mile or so in and had to turn around.

Access Description

From Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, head south 3.8 miles on Highway 550 and turn left at sign for Alpine Loop (C.R. 18).

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