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Unread 10-04-2012, 07:53 AM   #1
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Ouray area trail status

Heading up to Ouray for the long wknd and was planning on taking Ophir over to Telluride and Imogene back, however I see conflicting status on the passes.
This site says closed Sep 25:

These all say currently open:
Forest Service
Switzerland of America
Ouray Town Site

Is one site more reliable than the others? Also if they closed in Sep for snow would they re-open if possible or do they stay closed til next summer? I know just call but am at work right now and can't. Weather looks good this wknd just a little chilly.

If they are closed are there any other recommendations in the area? Have done the entire Alpine loop, was thinking maybe just exploring the gulches such as Minne, Maggie, Cunningham, etc. Really enjoy old mill and mine sites.
Thanks for any tips.

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Unread 10-05-2012, 07:11 AM   #2
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The forest service and the town site were updated in June, the Switzerland site was updated in August. So I would go with the county which is more current. Anytime after Labor Day conditions can turn. When I was down there this summer several jeep rental agencies were good about giving trail conditions
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Unread 10-08-2012, 07:36 AM   #3
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Well all the trails are still open, no snow at all. Had a great time, well except when I dropped a tire off a washed out trail up in governor's basin and almost rolled down the cliff. Had to winch it backwards to a rock outcrop. Pretty hairy but worked out good.
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