Imogene Pass

 

The Imogene Pass Trail is located between Telluride and Ouray, Colorado.  The trailhead is located in Telluride, and is used to return to Ouray after running the Black Bear Pass Trail.  Ranging in elevation from 8,700 feet (in Telluride) to just over 13,000 feet at the pass, the Imogene Pass Trail was built in 1880 to access Ouray from the Tomboy Mine.  The Mine ceased operation in 1927, but the road was reopened in 1966 as a 4WD road, following efforts of various 4WD clubs.  Along the initial portion of the trail, you can clearly see the switchbacks coming down Black Bear Pass Trail, as well as both Ingram Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.  The Tomboy Mine is located between Waypoints IP01-12 and IP01-13, and there are numerous historical remains to visit.  Imogene Pass is 13,114 feet in elevation (the second highest pass road in the U.S.) and is located between Waypoints IP01-15 and IP01-16.  At Waypoint IP01-22, the trail forks off to the right and takes you through the Camp Bird Mine and into Ouray.  The left fork continues into Yankee Boy and Governor Basins.  The Imogene Pass Trail is about 14 miles one way and takes about 3 or 4 hours to reach Ouray.

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



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Here are a couple shots from the Imogene Pass Trail.
On the left is the switchbacks on the descent into Telluride from Black Bear Pass.
On the right is a hardy group of NM4-Wheelers at Imogene Pass.

           
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Waypoint

To

Distance

Cumm. Dist.

Bearing

Lat

Long

IP01-01

 

 

 

 

N37 56.425

W107 48.657

 

IP01-02

1.01 mi

1.01 mi

99 (E)

N37 56.287

W107 47.565

 

IP01-03

0.18 mi

1.18 mi

312 (NW)

N37 56.390

W107 47.708

 

IP01-04

0.32 mi

1.50 mi

91 (E)

N37 56.385

W107 47.359

 

IP01-05

0.33 mi

1.83 mi

36 (NE)

N37 56.619

W107 47.147

 

IP01-06

0.26 mi

2.09 mi

129 (SE)

N37 56.477

W107 46.921

 

IP01-07

0.13 mi

2.22 mi

220 (SW)

N37 56.390

W107 47.016

 

IP01-08

0.31 mi

2.53 mi

103 (ESE)

N37 56.328

W107 46.686

 

IP01-09

0.29 mi

2.83 mi

46 (NE)

N37 56.506

W107 46.455

 

IP01-10

0.43 mi

3.26 mi

75 (ENE)

N37 56.601

W107 45.997

 

IP01-11

0.23 mi

3.48 mi

132 (SE)

N37 56.470

W107 45.811

 

IP01-12

0.39 mi

3.88 mi

112 (ESE)

N37 56.344

W107 45.410

 

IP01-13

0.58 mi

4.45 mi

141 (SE)

N37 55.952

W107 45.015

 

IP01-14

0.91 mi

5.36 mi

107 (ESE)

N37 55.720

W107 44.058

 

IP01-15

0.22 mi

5.58 mi

352 (N)

N37 55.908

W107 44.091

 

IP01-16

0.23 mi

5.81 mi

104 (ESE)

N37 55.859

W107 43.843

 

IP01-17

0.37 mi

6.18 mi

326 (NW)

N37 56.122

W107 44.071

 

IP01-18

0.30 mi

6.47 mi

28 (NNE)

N37 56.349

W107 43.918

 

IP01-19

0.60 mi

7.07 mi

61 (ENE)

N37 56.604

W107 43.343

 

IP01-20

0.58 mi

7.65 mi

327 (NNW)

N37 57.026

W107 43.689

 

IP01-21

0.51 mi

8.17 mi

35 (NE)

N37 57.389

W107 43.363

 

IP01-22

1.03 mi

9.20 mi

336 (NNW)

N37 58.208

W107 43.827

 

IP01-23

1.49 mi

10.69 mi

48 (NE)

N37 59.070

W107 42.605

 

IP01-24

0.85 mi

11.54 mi

40 (NE)

N37 59.632

W107 41.998

 

IP01-25

1.43 mi

12.96 mi

30 (NNE)

N37 00.700

W107 41.204

 

IP01-26

0.56 mi

13.53 mi

56 (NE)

N37 00.973

W107 40.690

 

IP01-27

0.27 mi

13.79 mi

98 (E)

N37 00.942

W107 40.396

 

IP01-28

0.16 mi

13.95 mi

335 (NNW)

N37 01.066

W107 40.471

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 Summer 2003.   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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