Porphyry Gulch

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

Total Miles
2.6

Elevation

3766.79 ft

Duration

1 to 2 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Summer/Fall

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Trail Overview

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.

Difficulty

Mostly easy except for one section of high, narrow shelf road that may intimidate novice drivers. Hike if you don't feel comfortable.

Technical Rating

4

Access Description

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.