Cinnamon Pass Road

Redcloud Peak Wilderness Study Area, Colorado

Elevation Gain5,248ft
Trailhead Elevation9,522ft
Elevation Min/Max9522/12621ft
Elevation Start/End9522/9522ft

Cinnamon Pass Road

Cinnamon Pass Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Hinsdale County and San Juan County, Colorado. It is within Redcloud Peak Wilderness Study Area and Handies Peak Wilderness Study Area. It is 12.1 miles long and begins at 9,522 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 24.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,248 feet. Cooper Creek Trailhead and other parkings, Grizzly Gulch / Silver Creek Trailhead and another parking, the Cinnamon Pass (elevation 12,641 feet) saddle, and the Seward County Mine (elevation 10,659 feet) quarry can be seen along the trail. There are also a viewpoint, waters, restrooms, and a wetland along the trail. This trail connects with the following: American Basin Road.

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Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails, Vol. 1 (FunTreks)
Charles A. Wells
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"This trail, combined with Engineer Pass, constitutes the famous Alpine Loop. The western half of the trip passes many historic points and climbs to outstanding views. Side trip up Wager Gulch takes you to Carson Ghost Town. Cinnamon Pass Road also accesses beautiful American Basin, one of the best places in the area for wildflowers. There’s a large staging area for ATVs soon after the pavement ends. This is a popular ATV area. Unlicensed vehicles must display an OHV permit and riders must possess a valid driver’s license or vehicle operator’s license. Ouray and San Juan Counties require proof of liability insurance for unlicensed vehicles. Most of this trail is easy; however, the western half is steep and rocky in a few places. The side trip up Wager Gulch is slightly more difficult than Cinnamon Pass. All roads, when dry, are suitable for any stock 4x4 SUV with moderate ground clearance. The side trip up American Basin is borderline difficult."

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Redcloud Peak Wilderness Study Area
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Redcloud Peak Wilderness Study Area
Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer; Trails Illustrated Silverton, Ouray #141
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