Originally Posted by Blackdawg
How far into the trails is it?
Not very. That mapped route typically starts in Lake City, CO (far right side) and goes counter clockwise. About halfway across the map where it takes a sharp turn to go south, that's Animas Forks. There's also another cool mine (heard of but I haven't visited) called Treasure Mountain mine and it's also in that area.
If you wanted to camp there, I would start in Ouray rather than Lake City and go counter clockwise from there. That would also seperate the easier part of the loop from the harder part of the loop. You would do Mineral Creek, Engineer Pass, and Cinnamon Pass in one day, then do Corkscrew Gulch, Black Bear Pass, and Imogene Pass the next. That way, if you've got a stock rig, they could wheel day 1 and ride along on day 2 if they didn't want to drive Black Bear Pass.
Edit: I also just realized that Ouray would be a much easier (faster) starting point for you guys coming from the north to get to.