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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

nature trips

scenic driving

snowshoeing

forest

paved

views

wildlife

snow

There is a winter lot located at the Guanella Pass Road and Naylor Lake Road intersection.

scenic driving
4 days ago

Guanella Pass is a paved scenic byway between Grant and Georgetown. It is not a trail (although you could hike it if it’s closed for winter or you just simply like hiking along roads) and many reviewers are getting the road confused with many other trails out there that are along the road. There are many amazing campgrounds, trailheads, and recreation sites out there. It’s absolutely gorgeous the entire way through. Aspens, wild flowers, creeks, lakes, mountains, forests, open spaces, wild life. I spent the weekend camping and Jeeping out there and will for sure go back!

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked this on 1/23. Parked at the lot that where the road ends and hiked up the road about ~2 miles to the summit. Stunning views! The snow was packed down in the middle of the road, but was very deep on the sides. Micro spikes were perfectly fine (snow shoes were not needed).

snowshoeing
snow
6 months ago

Snowshoed on 12/25/19. We parked at the winter lot at the Guanella Pass Rd-Naylor Lake Rd intersection and showshoed Guanella Rd up to the pass. The road from Georgetown to the winter lot was well-maintained... some snow on the road but no issues driving up and down. It was an absolutely beautiful day! The closed portion of the road had a great snow base with some new powder on top. We got some sun and no wind! It was so enjoyable to snowshoe up the pass without getting windblown! People were also skiing up and down. Definitely recommend for snowshoeing!

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views of lakes the whole way up-- highly recommend this trail during the fall!!

scenic driving
8 months ago

Nice scenic drive from a Georgetown to Grant. Views would have been much prettier a few weeks earlier with the Aspens, most had lost their leaves already. Completely paved There are hiking trails you can stop at on the drive.

hiking
10 months ago

this is NOT A HIKING TRAIL !!! BUT A MOST SCENIC DRIVE. From GRANT TO GEORGETOWN . there are plenty of trails , camping , 4x4 places along the way . so DON'T LOOK FOR TRAILHEAD IN GRANT OR GEORGETOWN. you'll be looking for a long time. a lot of family friendly areas

hiking
muddy
rocky
Thu Jul 04 2019

Had perfect weather after heading down from Kenosha and hit the peak overlook. Great hike! Rough, but super doable. If you take you're time there are 2 lakes that await you

Sat Nov 10 2018

Beautiful! Relaxing, adventurous!

hiking
Sat Oct 06 2018

Hiked the trail near Georgetown on an 8 hour layover on our vacation. It was cloudy and sleety, but it was the best layover we have ever experienced.

Mon Oct 01 2018

We did two hikes, one close to Georgetown and another one at the end of the trail. Both were great, but we enjoyed more the second one, walking very close to the river.

hiking
Mon Oct 01 2018

Great trail, perfect time of year to see aspen leaves change. Only downside is that there are lots of horse droppings on trail.

scenic driving
Mon Sep 17 2018

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
Wed Aug 15 2018

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.

Sun Aug 05 2018

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

hiking
Sat Jul 07 2018

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.

Thu Jul 05 2018

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
Sat Jun 16 2018

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
Tue May 01 2018

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!

ohv/off road driving
Tue Mar 20 2018

Great and easy.

scenic driving
Thu Sep 28 2017

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

snowshoeing
Sun Jul 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

ohv/off road driving
Sat Jun 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".

Mon Oct 17 2016

Pretty hike and great for fall colors

camping
Fri Sep 18 2015

Camp it.

ohv/off road driving
Sun Oct 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.

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