The exhilaration of driving up the mountains of Ouray and beyond is unquestionably an exciting experience for adrenaline seekers and those that like to be in the middle of nature admiring the spectacular sights. For first time riders, however, it’s best to get started with some of the easier trails and work your way up in difficulty. Today we’ll briefly cover trails that are considered Class 2 and therefore only moderately difficult.
Yankee Boy Basin is a trail we’ve highlighted a few times in the past. You’ll pass through the remnants of the former Sneffels townsite and the beauty of Twin Falls before reaching the basin which is just below the peak of Mt. Sneffels. Be warned: the final pair of miles are rough and quite steep. If you wish to continue, it may be a good idea to park your vehicle and then hike the rest of the way. The sight of the wildflowers during the middle of summer is spectacular.
Brown Mountain is another Class 2 trail which isn’t difficult but much like the final two miles of Yankee Boy Basin, it is steep in a few spots. The trip is short but the views are stunning and there are spots to enjoy a picnic. You’ll also notice a couple of abandoned mine sites, which should satisfy the interest of history aficionados.
This update is provided by Ouray Mountain Adventures, Incorporated. Our Ouray Jeep trails allow you to explore the Rocky Mountains and we offer full or half day reservations. For more information on our Ouray Jeep rental rates and options including available vehicles, rates, and rental policies, call 970.919.1005 or 888.919.3256. You can also visit us at 125 3rd Avenue, Ouray, Colorado 81427.