Corkscrew-to-Animas

 

The Corkscrew, California, Placer, Picayne, and Animas Forks Trail is a scenic loop consisting of several trails located between Silverton and Ouray, Colorado.  The trailhead is located off of Hwy 550 just north of the Red Mountains.  Ranging in elevation from 9,000 feet more than 12,000 feet at the passes, this series of trails starts out with a climb through Corkscrew Gulch, through Red Mountains No.1 and No. 2, with some sections of steep and narrow shelf roads.  At Waypoint CG02-06, a right turn will take you to Silverton via Cement Creek.  Continuing northeast will take you up and over Hurricane Pass at 12,407 feet (between Waypoints CG02-9 and CG02-10).  Between Waypoints CG02-10 and CG01-11, you pass just south of Como Lake, which is the end of the Poughkeepsie Gulch Trail.  Shortly after that, you crest California Pass at 12,930 feet.  This is the start of the California Gulch Trail.  From here, it’s only about 4 miles to Animas Forks.  But if you have an extra hour or two, take a right turn at Waypoint CG02-16 and make the drive through the Placer and Picayne Gulches.  These trails are fairly narrow and steep in places with several rocky water crossings.  At Waypoint CG01-23, you can either turn right and head down to Silverton.  Or left for a visit to Animas Forks, and continuing up towards Engineer Mountain and back northwest to Hwy 550 (if you are based out of Ouray).  The entire loop is a little over 22 miles and takes about 4 or 5 hours to complete.

Difficulty Rating:  One (1) Easy
(based on my personal rating scale on the Trails Page)



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Waypoint

To

Distance

Cumm. Dist.

Bearing

Lat

Long

CG02-01

 

 

 

 

N37° 56.381’

W107° 40.286’

 

CG02-02

0.26 mi

0.26 mi

138° (SE)

N37° 56.212’

W107° 40.090’

 

CG02-03

0.74 mi

1.00 mi

222° (SW)

N37° 55.736’

W107° 40.635’

 

CG02-04

1.39 mi

2.39 mi

163° (SSE)

N37° 54.582’

W107° 40.194’

 

CG02-05

0.80 mi

3.19 mi

109° (ESE)

N37° 54.358’

W107° 39.362’

 

CG02-06

0.50 mi

3.69 mi

76° (ENE)

N37° 54.464’

W107° 38.833’

 

CG02-07

0.54 mi

4.22 mi

43° (NE)

N37° 54.806’

W107° 38.429’

 

CG02-08

0.45 mi

4.67 mi

99° (E)

N37° 54.747’

W107° 37.939’

 

CG02-09

0.38 mi

5.06 mi

53° (NE)

N37° 54.950’

W107° 37.603’

 

CG02-10

0.26 mi

5.32 mi

335° (NNW)

N37° 55.156’

W107° 37.724’

 

CG02-11

0.52 mi

5.84 mi

85° (E)

N37° 55.195’

W107° 37.149’

 

CG02-12

0.48 mi

6.32 mi

154° SSE()

N37° 54.822’

W107° 36.921’

 

CG02-13

0.27 mi

6.60 mi

45° (NE)

N37° 54.989’

W107° 36.705’

 

CG02-14

0.77 mi

7.37 mi

14° (NNE)

N37° 55.635’

W107° 36.496’

 

CG02-15

0.77 mi

8.13 mi

56° (ENE)

N37° 56.004’

W107° 35.791’

 

CG02-16

0.39 mi

8.52 mi

105° (ESE)

N37° 55.913’

W107° 35.377’

 

CG02-17

0.86 mi

9.38 mi

188° (S)

N37° 55.177’

W107° 35.507’

 

CG02-18

1.09 mi

10.47 mi

214° (SW)

N37° 54.399’

W107° 36.183’

 

CG02-19

0.42 mi

10.89 mi

101° (E)

N37° 54.330’

W107° 35.726’

 

CG02-20

1.58 mi

12.47 mi

59° (ENE)

N37° 55.035’

W107° 34.231’

 

CG02-21

0.72 mi

13.19 mi

212° (SSW)

N37° 54.510’

W107° 34.652’

 

CG02-22

0.78 mi

13.97 mi

90° (E)

N37° 54.510’

W107° 33.791’

 

CG02-23

0.60 mi

14.57 mi

38° (NE)

N37° 54.922’

W107° 33.386’

 

CG02-24

1.89 mi

16.46 mi

332° (NNW)

N37° 56.374’

W107° 34.358’

 

CG02-25

1.45 mi

17.92 mi

351° (N)

N37° 57.621’

W107° 34.620’

 

CG02-26

2.71 mi

20.63 mi

281° (WNW)

N37° 58.079’

W107° 37.546’

 

CG02-27

1.95 mi

22.58 mi

318° (NW)

N37° 59.341’

W107° 38.983’

Notice: Off-highway travel is by its very nature potentially dangerous and could result in property damage, injury, or even death.  If you drive any of the trails on this web site, you acknowledge these risks and assume full responsibility.  You are the final judge as to whether a trail is safe to drive, whether your vehicle is capable of the journey, and whether your skills are up to the challenge.  The publisher of this web site disclaims any and all liability for property damage, bodily injury, or death that could occur to you or any of your passengers.  To the best of my knowledge, the information contained on this page was accurate as of the time I road this trail during the Fall 2005.   However, things change over time.  And portions of this trail may no longer be legally accessible to motorized vehicles.  Therefore, please be good stewards of our sport--always stay on designated trails . . . and always, always remember to Tread Lightly!

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