5 miles from Ouray off of Highway 550 the
Alpine Loop heads to Mineral Springs. This section was the toughest
driving challenge of the Alpine Loop with the exception of Poughkeepsie
Gulch and very upper California Gulch.
large sign points the way to the Alpine Loop. The first two miles
of the road are the most difficult to drive. Portions of the road
are very rocky. Beginners should proceed carefully.
This section is challenging 4
wheel drive territory that is best for outfitted 4 wheel drive vehicles
and experienced drivers.