Alpine loop colorado map. Backpacking the 4 pass loop in the maroon bells snowmass wilderness near aspen is an experience filled with summer alpine meadows melting snowfields shimmering lakes and emerald green forests. Travel north on highway 550 to silverton. Self contained camping tours have been an adventure cycling tradition for 40 years. As the hot summer sun melts the winter snows off of the high peaks i get the itch to hit the trail fill my lungs with piney mountain air enjoy the sight of jagged peaks lining the horizon for miles then relax to sounds of a.
How to get there. Relying on your own power cooking your own meals and carrying your home with you its a sense of freedom that must be experienced to be understood. There is a large staging area once you cross the river at eureka. Experience everything that the rocky mountain scenery has to offer all from the comfort of your vehicle.
At silverton turn right onto state highway 110 towards eureka. To many cyclists this style of travel is the ultimate. Cinnamon pass is the first pass of the most well know trail system in colorado the alpine loop. The alpine loop national backcountry scenic byway is the true gems of the san juan mountains in southwest colorado.
Mount evans scenic byway climbing 7000 feet in 28 miles this byway is the highest paved highway in north america. The predecessor to the mountain coaster is the alpine slide which came out in the 1970s. This 65 mile route between lake city silverton and ouray was first built by miners in the late 1800s for mule wagons hauling equipment and ore across the mountains. Most scenic byways are located on paved highways while backcountry byways focus on the out of the way sights.
The alpine loop was a natural for this recognition and was one of the blms first backcountry byways. This trail is suitable for everything from atvs to cars in some parts.