Originally Posted by turbospartan
Nice video. What trails would you say were your favorites out of all the ones you did?
I am planning a trip but prob only spending one full day down there before heading back to the city.
Trying to mix in off-road with foliage viewing. Thanks.
Also - do you remember how long some of these trails took? Imogene, Ophir, Engineer Passes in specific.
Gee, only one day?
I have often said that, all things considered, Imogene Pass is one of the best. Again, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. Each pass or trail is special. But if I had only one day to spend there, I would chose Imogene.
About 12 miles, depending on how many times you stop, 3 - 4 hours. Equally good from Telluride or Ouray, and you can return on good paved road (Hwy 62 and 145) (and at night if need be)via Ridgeway. If you want to mix foliage, you could couple Imogene with Last Dollar Trail. Last Dollar never gets above the timber line, and is a very pretty trail through rolling hills, and meadows. The two trails would make a good days trip.
Imogene has many good things:
Imogene Pass is the second highest, drivable pass in Colorado, About 12 waterfalls, numerous over looks, switchbacks, shelf roads. Also a unique look at part of Black Bear trail, more exact the Last step of the steps and the switchbacks of Black Bear pass. (see video 6:11-6:15) Mucho mining history along the way (note the yellow tug from the video, shot at Lower Bird Camp, see video 5:12), mining ruins, stands of aspen trees, probably no wildflower this late in the year.
Make sure to go to the overlook east of the Summit, East of the summit, is a "t" in the trail, to the east of that "t" is an overlook, from which you can seen the corkscrew of Corkscrew pass as well as sections of hwy 550 (Million dollar hwy), see video 2:12.
Hope this helps,
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