Lake City, Colorado
June 14, 2013
The Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway, a network of four-wheel drive roads that connects Lake City, Ouray and Silverton, traverses passes up to 12,800 feet while showcasing old mines, ghost towns, natural wonders, beautiful wildflower and abundant wildlife. These roads were originally paths used by Native Americans crossing the region. In the 1880s, these trails were widened and used to access mines. Today was time to explore nature and history amidst thrilling views at breathtaking elevations. We started in Lake City on Cinnamon Pass and headed back on Engineer Pass.
This is a view from Engineer Pass Road as we are about to reach Engineer Pass at 12,800 feet elevation.
Here is a view from Engineer Pass Rd looking back towards Ouray.
Here is the required shot of the snow bank at the Engineer Pass. A truly exciting ride that I cannot wait to do again and again.