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Boreas Pass Road

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Boreas Pass Road is a 19.8 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Breckenridge, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 19.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,712 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

scenic driving

snowshoeing

bike touring

ohv / off road driving

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Take the plunge and explore the area between Highway 285 and Breckenridge. Trail Rating: Boreas Pass - 2 Georgia Pass - 4 Glacier Ridge - 5 This Section can be Skipped Season: Late June to October check for drift conditions Georgia Pass is the last section to open. This is a great track to start and finish in Breckenridge, the first half over Boreas Pass is easy with some very nice historic Railway sites. The second half puts you in the back country and high mountain peaks and some moderate 4x4 trails the hardest part of the loop (Glacier Ridge/Glacier Peak) can be skipped as well. From Breckenridge jump onto the road to Boreas Pass on the South side of town. Don't forget to check out the old Snow blower Train just after you turn on to the road. Continuing up the pass you will leave get a great view of the Breckenridge Ski Area before you leave the residential neighborhood. After you enter the National Forest this will put you into the amazing Aspen Forests. A few of these areas feel like tunnels and make for some great fall photos. Just after you get above the Aspens you will come to the old Water Tank that the steam engines used to use when Crossing Georgia Pass on the route Between Como & Breckenridge. A Few more miles up you will come upon the top of Boreas Pass with a few historic buildings and a couple of old train cars to get out and explore. There are some kiosks about the area to read up on as well. Dropping down the North side of the Pass be sure to stop at a little pull off to hike out to an old section of railroad tracks left for historic purposes. Its marked on the map as a POI. There is no signage on the road to tell you the tracks are even back there. Just past the tracks you will drop into a few amazing aspen covered mountains in the fall the colors are amazing!!! Como sits at the base just before yo get onto the highway. There are a few other railroad sights to take in.... the Como Depot and of course the old Stone Como Roundhouse. After leaving Como jump onto the Hwy and its a quick 6 miles to Jefferson. There you take a left onto County Road 35 and begin the second leg of the journey. Ascending Georgia Pass from the North is very easy, take your time enjoy the views as you pass through the Pine Covered hills. After Reaching the top of Georgia Pass you can make a Choice: * Go East to Glacier Ridge and Glacier Peak with amazing Scenery and a chance to see Mtn Goats ** Skip the Glacier area and go North on Georgia Pass By going North you will skip the Glacier Loop which is the hardest part of the trail. * Heading east you will come to a steep climb 4x4 and 4lo are a must, take it slow and easy. After you reach the top of the first climb this ridge is where Mtn Goats seem to like to be. Many times playing up on the outcroppings of rocks. Glacier Ridge is amazing and leads up to the next steep ascent up onto Glacier Mtn. Yes this trail leads right to the top of the peak. From the top of this peak you can see forever in all directions. From here you will return the way you came up. Just watch for the right turn in the grass this will lead you to a somewhat steep descent again use 4lo. This will take yo back to the top of Georgia Pass. ** Heading North yo begin the descent down Georgia Pass this section changes year after due to the snow runoff. But there tends to be a muddy area about 1/2 mile down. Going down through this part is easy up on the other hand can be a challenge some years. Be sure to watch the route there are 2 intersections that can be somewhat tricky. This trail will eventually drop you next to the Swan River with lots of old and some active mining. This is back on County Roads and the last stretch takes you onto Tiger Road. Tiger road goes right by one of the old historic Dredges be sure to stop and check it out. Tiger Road will connect with Hwy 9 just north of Breckenridge. Have fun be safe.

hiking
5 days ago

Drove this road yesterday, nice drive, no clearance issues but rough washboard and embedded rock. Most Aspen have passed the prime colors. Hikers, bikers beware, I was passed by a group of 3 vehicles 2 w/MI tags and 1 w/AZ tag traveling at approximately 60 MPH just south of the pass, very inconsiderate and dangerous. Was glad when I got near Como and saw them stopped changing a ruined tire. Inconsiderate dumbazzes, go home.

off road driving
6 days ago

This was a pretty, scenic trail, but very narrow in places with two-way traffic. Very busy in the fall. I did it in an Outback with no problems.

off road driving
7 days ago

A nice drive. Aspens were best viewed coming from Fairplay just a few miles up the pass.

off road driving
rocky
8 days ago

gorgeous views, glad I was the passenger instead of the driver. narrow parts to be expected, but it was significantly more rugged than I was expecting. not sure how the small cars we saw fared in the big ruts and rocks, it was rough in our truck. stunning views, great pics.

off road driving
14 days ago

Easy trail. Lots of scenic views. Drove it today Sept 29th 2019 and there was a lot of traffic. It did open up in places and was still a nice drive. Beautiful views of the autumn leaves.

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful views. Easy hike on a dirt road with car traffic. Directions to trail head were poor

scenic driving
29 days ago

Beautiful trail to take out of staters over! Tons of history especially train and mining! Especially amazing in fall. Very easy dirt road drive!

off road driving
1 month ago

I rode my dirt bike from the Boreas Pass Trailhead and stopped at every opportunity to take pictures of the scenery. Pretty easy trail, as it’s just a mountain road. Rutted in some places, but manageable. I saw a couple driving their Honda Accord on the road. I’d recommend this trail simply for the views.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Nice views and great camp spots ran into a mountain bike race so went 1/2 way and turned around.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazingly easy drive, stopped no less than 30X for great photos! A "MUST" for ant out-of-town visitors! Moose, Fox, Goat. Continenta Divide, up to 11500 Altitude.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike with awesome views! Highly recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

Some of the greatest views of Breckenridge, the surrounding mountains, wildflower meadows, and aspen groves. Worth the hike (or drive) for sure!

hiking
2 months ago

The beginning of this trail is on a dirt road that does have cars so you must be careful and you do get some dust in your mouth but views are outstanding. The hike back through the woods was pretty and quiet.

off road driving
2 months ago

The trail was full of washboards so it was a rough ride but if you can get past that, it is a wonderful trail. The side from Breckenridge is breathtaking and I highly recommend that over the other side. Easily doable for most vehicles, I never got out of 2WD.

hiking
2 months ago

I chose to drive this road because my daughter wanted to test out our pickup truck on some dirt roads. It did not disappoint because the views of Goose Tarn Lake were incredible as were the stands of aspen. There were a number of people camping off this road. We encountered maybe 10 cars the entire drive and some spots were very narrow so we would wait until they passed to continue. It was very beautiful and we stopped several times to take photos. I would definitely come back and do it again, next time earlier in the day so we can sprinkle on some hikes, as that is the point isn’t it?

hiking
2 months ago

Fun drive took a little while as my father in law followed in a Lincoln Town car. It was slow going for him but he made it. The trail was bumpy in spots but otherwise great views and a fun introduction into Colorado trails

hiking
2 months ago

A spectacular drive up the pass from Breckenridge. The views are spectacular and the road is lined with Aspens. Breathtaking! Definitely make the drive or trek up.

hiking
3 months ago

We drove this today, Como to Breckenridge. Stopped at the top and hiked up at least 1.0 miles. Beautiful views all around.

scenic driving
3 months ago

Great views. Not really offroading but still fun to do.

hiking
3 months ago

Drove up and back 7-11. Reasonably good conditions, beautiful scenery. About 40 minutes each way. Quite narrow in places but always able to manage getting by the few others we met. From the pass we hiked the black powder trail; spectacular scenery..

off road driving
3 months ago

Not as easy as I thought. Aired down in the JK to make it much more comfortable. Great views. Stopped in Como for a coffee and cookie at the post office. Jeff gave us a tour of the town. Great hospitality. Worth a visit.

off road driving
3 months ago

Trail is open. Starts as a paved road from Breckenridge and turns into dirt/gravel road. Perfect for dispersed camping and some light off-roading! There are tons of previously camped spots to choose from with amazing views. We were in a 4WD truck but saw lots of small SUVs and sedans making it just fine.

off road driving
3 months ago

Beautiful and easy drive. Open now to vehicles! I did it in a Lexus ES 350 so pretty much any car can do it. Saw a Prius doing just fine. Amazing views and buildings.

off road driving
3 months ago

This is one of the most beautiful treks in summit county, great for hiking biking and driving. We went yesterday and the road was open to vehicles for the first time this season.Road was 100% dry.

mountain biking
rocky
3 months ago

We drove to the end of the paved road to the trailhead lot which holds quite a few cars. The road is currently closed to vehicles which made for a great bike ride, not having to worry about sharing the road with cars. The trail is not ‘easy’ to bike to the summit as it’s entirely on a grade. Took us 1:40 to ascend and 40 min to descend. Road is pretty soft but no snow. Also it can be quite rocky in places. It was absolutely fantastic...highly recommend. You will know when you reach the summit.

off road driving
closed
4 months ago

I really can’t rate the trail, attempted in on 6/13/19 but the trail is closed to off road vehicles at the trail head so we had to turn back.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome day on the trail today and views were fabulous!! Conditions were perfect for hiking/biking/running.

4 months ago

Grateful for a hike that is doable without too much mud and ice at this time of year. some beautiful summits. Heavy traffic in the first mile, but less as you go on.

hiking
4 months ago

We picked up this section of trail at the Baker’s Head trailhead. (We started Baker’s Trail but it was too snowy for some in our party so we turned around and took the road instead. The road was easy walking. At one point you have great views of the lake and Breck. My son liked the rock formations. You can do out and back or find the cutaway back to Baker’s trail and do a loop. (That’s what my husband and son did.)

hiking
closed
4 months ago

The off-road parts were closed, some great views from the local community roads. Will try again later in the summer.

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