Guanella Pass Trail

EASY 25 reviews
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Guanella Pass Trail is a 24.7 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Grant, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
24.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,458 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

cross country skiing

off road driving

snowshoeing

forest

views

wildlife

snow

scenic driving
4 days ago

Great scenic drive to see the fall foliage. The drive is easy and has many beautiful views. Do go slow through parking areas as a lot of hikers and dogs are crossing the road. Fairly popular right now, lots of leaf peepers and parking is limited.

scenic driving
1 month ago

I will never get tired of this drive. I do get tired of the growing crowds though. A small inconvenience to deal with while enjoying the Colorado Gold. Heads-up. Lets practice good road and trail etiquette here, especially during leaf peeping. Many thanks from a CO native.

1 month ago

Great drive but I didn’t see any off road trails.

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked this in the morning of 7/7/2018. We hiked from the south end, located a mile or two north of Grant. We left our car at 8:30am, entering at the very far south end which is marked only by a bridge over the stream and a small sign stating No Camping. Only 4 - 6 parking spots there. You can drive on north less than a mile where you’ll find what seems to be the main parking - several spaces and bathrooms. The trail was easy to follow, and at that rather early hour, we didn’t see anyone until we’d walked north 3/4 of a mile and came to the parking lot with bathrooms. We walked two miles north from our car until we hit what was, for us with a leashed dog, a roadblock. At that point, you’ll need to cross the stream by walking first across a fallen tree, then onto a pile of flotsam maybe 8-10’ long to continue across the stream. We plan to return sometime without our dog and do that. The trail was for the most part damp to a bit of mud, and probably 90% shaded as it goes through forest. I thought it was quite beautiful. It closely follows the roadway but isn’t right next to it. We saw no animals, but as the forest is quite dense, I wouldn’t imagine there aren’t any. Overall - beautiful hike.

Addition: Although this is a driving road as mentioned by others, there most definitely *is* the very nice hiking path that I’ve described. After the first of our two hours, we saw quite a few other hikers.

2 months ago

Drove the byway today. Its 24 miles of smooth highway. Great views, plenty of areas to park, picnic, hike, or camp. Didnt see any 4x4 trails.

scenic driving
3 months ago

We just drove this scenic byway today, 6/16/18, under nice cloudy and overcast sky's. This would be a great drive in the fall as there are a lot of aspens along this route. We came in from the Grant side which is a fairly gradual climb to the pass. This is fathers day weekend, and there were a ridiculous amount of people at the pass hiking, camping, and whatever else. Tons of cars. At the pass there are several trails one can start off on, the most common being the trail to the 14er Mt. Bierstadt. There are a few high country lakes you can reach on the west side of the road from here too. Continuing on down the Georgetown side of the pass, it is really steep!! We saw a trio of bighorn sheep right on the road. Then finally down into Georgetown and a stop for a libation. Cool town with some really neat old homes and buildings. Very nice drive!! Have to do it again some time in the sunshine, but the clouds were very welcome. Well worth the time.

scenic driving
4 months ago

Saw some bighorn rams and spectacular views of Georgetown and surrounding area. Road is closed at 8.2 miles in due to snow. Worth the drive!

off road driving
6 months ago

Great and easy.

scenic driving
11 months ago

Nice drive on a fall day with snow at the top of the pass

snowshoeing
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Paved road, nice scenery, Closed to motor vehicles in winter, gate is seven miles up from Grant and closes in November til Memorial Day weekend. Forest Service Has closed 90% of the dispersed camping areas along Guanella Pass road. Really nice Snow Shoeing and Cross Country Skiing along the road in Winter. Keep an eye out for Big Horn Sheep, Moose, Bear, Mountain Lion, Elk, Horses, Cattle and Sasquatch on the road along with all the little critters. Enjoy

off road driving
Saturday, June 24, 2017

This trail is actually a well maintained asphalt roadway. I wouldn't consider it a trail rather a park road.

With that said it is a well worth beautiful drive. Just don't expect to be "off-road".

Sunday, June 18, 2017

This is a paved road, not a trail

Monday, October 17, 2016

Pretty hike and great for fall colors

camping
Friday, September 18, 2015

Camp it.

off road driving
Sunday, October 14, 2012

This is a dirt road that is passable by most cars during summer months. It snows over and closes during the winter. Some areas wash out a little in the spring, making sections bumpy. It is a beautiful drive that takes you over the mountain between Grant and Georgetown.

off road driving
1 day ago

scenic driving
3 months ago

hiking
Thursday, September 21, 2017

scenic driving
Sunday, July 09, 2017

off road driving
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Monday, May 25, 2015

hiking
Friday, December 05, 2014

off road driving
Monday, November 03, 2014