A group of us to an annual trip down to Southern Colorado and ride from Lake City - Silverton - Telluride - Ouray - Lake City. This year we want to add an extra day on to the ride and I've been reading a lot about Lou Creek, Nate Creek and the Alpine Trail. Is there a way to get to the trail head from Ouray without riding down highway 550 to Ridgway? There are a few of us in the crew that don't have plated bikes and obviously we would like to stay off the highway if possible. Same goes for the end of the Alpine Trail, is there a back way to get to Lake City?