Trails north and west of Ouray access the northern slopes of the San Juan Range dominated by 14,150’ ‘ Mt. Sneffels and its associated wilderness area. Trailheads for this extensive area can be reached by either a two-mile drive from Ouray to the Dallas Trailhead or by a 15-mile drive through Ridgway to the Blue Lakes Trailhead. From the Dallas trailhead near Ouray one connects with the Corbett or Shortcut trails, or continues west through Moonshine Park as far as the Blue Lakes Trail system.
Driving by way of State Highway 62 and County Road 7 hikers reach the Blue Lakes trailhead at Willow Swamp on Dallas Creek. From here it is possible to hike to Blaine Basin at the base of the north face of Sneffels or hike to the very scenic and popular Blue Lakes. Continuing over Blue Lakes Pass drops one into Yankee Boy Basin at the head of Canyon Creek.
Ouray Mountain Rescue, under the direction of the Ouray County Sheriff's Office, is always on call for assistance. The Rescue Team is a volunteer organization of mountaineers, technical climbers, paramedical personnel and a K-9 team. All are experienced in rescue techniques. In order to offset training and equipment expenses, tax-deductible donations are gratefully appreciated. Thank you for your support.
OURAY MOUNTAIN RESCUE
P.O. BOX 220
OURAY, COLORADO 81427
PO Box 50 | Ouray, CO 81427 | https://ouraytrails.org
We are a non-profit corporation of volunteers, founded in 1986, dedicated to the preservation and safe public use of Ouray County's trails, working in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, Ouray District. Copyright 2018 Ouray Trail Trail Group.
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