Northwest of Ouray
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.