Well, the trail is still there. I snapped the picture at the left this evening. The trail is open year-round to hikers, horses, and bicycles. The trail is open from July 4th to Labor Day to motorcycles.
So, just where is this place? Here are the answers:
- N38° 10.5593′ by W108° 35.5376′
- Traveling east, from the Forest Service boundary up to the trailhead is 2.8 miles
- Traveling west, from Owl Creek Pass (the actual pass, as marked by the sign) down to the trailhead is 4.9 miles
- If you’re getting there from Ridgway, the distance from the intersection of Ouray CR 8 and Ouray CR 10 to the trailhead is 6.7 miles
I don’t recommend this trail if you’re alone. Most certainly, do not attempt Lou Creek Pass alone!
Just a correction to your westing on your GPS coordinates.
108° is in china or some such! -108° is in Naturita. But -107° puts your marker in the right spot!