Engineer Pass


Engineer Pass - Hinsdale / Ouray Counties - Colorado - 12,800 feet
Bear Creek to west. Henson Creek to east.

About 4 miles north of Animas Forks on CR-2.
About 18 miles west of Lake City on CR-20, the northern half of the Alpine Loop.
off-road - dirt bike or dual sport

photos by Karst Postma, 7/27/2013


At the summit.

At the summit.

At the summit.

Google Maps

Garmin Mapsource
 

Garmin Mapsource
 

Google Earth, looking east

Google Earth, looking north

Google Earth, looking north

photo by Roamin Carloski


At the summit.

photo from Deward Knapp, 8/22/2006
photo from Wade, 7/23/2004


Deward Knapp at the summit.

Wade's bike at the summit.

Notes from Karst:
Easiest reached from Lake City. It can be done on a big bike, but will require solid moderate to intermediate skills the last few miles. Steep and rocky in places with rocky hair pins.

From the west it can be done with big bikes, but you will definitely require solid intermediate skills due to steep rocky sections and steep, tight, rocky hair pins. With a high first gear (i.e. R1150GS and such) you will have your hands full from this direction. Much easier on a smaller bike.

Either way make sure you disable your ABS for your descent and know how to brake in loose road surface and rocks.

A recommendation from others:
Ride the Alpine Loop clockwise so Engineer is ridden from west to east so steep rough parts are done going uphill. Then ride Cinnamon east to west.

Whether the Loop is ridden clockwise or counterclockwise, many find this a difficult pass.




From United States Board on Geographic Names:
Feature Name ID Class County State Latitude Longitude Ele(ft) Map BGN Date Entry Date
Engineer Pass 187340 Gap Ouray CO 375832N 1073504W 12795 Handies Peak - 13-OCT-1978


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