Some of the finest views lie at the end of difficult climbs. And there's certainly no lack of nearby trails and/or peaks from which one can "overlook" Lovely Ouray....
Let me count the ways, beginning with no less than half a dozen or more places on the 6ish mile Perimeter Trail. Then there's at least two or three spots from the switchbacks going up Bear Creek Trail. And who could forget one of the best town and surround views from well over 10,000 feet, atop Twin Peaks.
A scenic 15 minute drive south on the Million Dollar Highway, followed by a 30 minute four-wheel drive, followed by a three mile grunt to the summit of Mount Abram, well, let's just say you are in for an eagle's eye view of Lovely Ouray, cradled in the bosom of its mountain mamas, and stretching well beyond Grand Mesa's grand plateau, some 70 miles distant. I swear, on a clear day you can see Wyoming.
If you're willing and able to grind three miles up Old Horse Thief Trail to the "Ridge-To-The-Bridge of Heaven" you can land a southerly perspective of Ouray, not to mention, Ridgway, Log Hill and Pleasant Valley.
Then there's the Alpine Mine Overlook, a semantic contradiction in that it overlooks Ouray instead of the Mine.
I can't really say that I have a favorite overlook. Perhaps which ever one I'm on, to be honest. Last weekend it happened to be the Alpine Mine Overlook...which really should be renamed, "Ouray Overlook," as I see it.
|Taking a lunch break on the edge and high above town|