East end of trail starts at historic Animas Forks Ghost Town, gateway to the Alpine Loop. A remote, memorable drive with many well-preserved mine buildings. Awesome views. For current conditions call San Juan Mountains Center in Silverton (970) 387-5530 (closed in winter).
Easy. Road is in good condition most of the summer. Heavy snow on east side of California Pass is usually plowed by late June. Low range recommended for upper portion of trail.
To be absolutely sure road is cleared of snow on way to pass, wait until July. Pass is located at 12,930 feet, so be prepared for all kinds of weather.
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Continue straight to reach California Pass. Road on left comes down from Placer Gulch, where there are lots of great mine buildings to see. This route is described in FunTreks book "Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails".