Houghton Mountain

Houghton Mountain

Houghton Mountain is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.781m (12,404ft) above the sea level, located in San Juan County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado.

The narrow road to the summit, located in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, is gravel, rocky, tippy and bumpy at times. The road is usually impassable from October to June (weather permitting). Snow is usually not plowed, so trail opens later in the season. It’s an old mining road. Along the way the trail passes historic mining structures. Great trail for experienced wheelers. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. 4WD vehicle with good clearance and sturdy tires required. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep. Conditions can change rapidly, be careful of the weather. Access through snow can change daily. The summit offers unique views of the Mount Sneffels cluster, the incomparable Uncompahgre Peak group, the Handies Peak assemblage, and Rio Grande Pyramid.

 

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