Hurricane Peak

Hurricane Peak in CO: a 4WD road above the clouds

Hurricane Peak is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 4.034m (13,238ft) above the sea level, located in San Juan County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. It's one of the highest roads of Colorado.

How long is the road to Hurricane Peak?

Set high in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. 4x4 vehicle required. The peak sits at the head of the South Fork of Cascade Canyon. To reach the trail, starting from Silverton, exit Highway 550 onto Greene St./Hwy 110, continue on Hwy 110 through Silverton (1.2 Miles), turn left to stay on Hwy 110 (6.4 Miles) and slight left onto County Rd 10/Hurricane Pass. Be sure to pay close attention to your driving. The trail is steep and falling off some edges would be fatal. The road is 16.8km (10.43 miles) long.

Is the road to Hurricane Peak open?

This road is usually impassable from late October through late June or early July (depending on snow). It is not generally snow-free until late June or even July in some years. Due to its altitude, it receives precipitation all year, as snow in winter, and as thunderstorms in summer, with a dry period in late spring.

Is the road to Hurricane Peak steep?

The road to the summit is very steep. Starting at Silverton, the ascent is 16.8km (10.43 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.163 meters. The average gradient is 6.92%. The drive is very scenic. From this magnificent perch there are awesome 360-degree vistas. You will see abandoned mines and other structures scattered around the slopes.
Pic: Matt Inden/Miles. https://www.colorado.com/roading-hurricane-pass-southwest-colorado-near-silverton

 

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