Webster and Red Cone Pass Trail is a 17.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Dillon, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.
off road driving
cross country skiing
Good hiking trail and moderate difficulty. Trailhead will start around 11,000 ft
Just got done with the Webster Pass Trail from Montezuma to Jefferson. I have a large 1982 Dodge Ram 2500 4WD that had no problems what so ever with the terrain. The only problem was coming down the exposed South side of the pass. The truck only had a about 6 inches of clearance each side with one of those being a steep 200ft drop off. I'm happy not navigating this section ever again. Especially when wet from a passing snow fall. From what I saw I would not listen to the people on here saying you don't need 4WD. Maybe, just maybe, on the perfect day it'd be possible in a mid clearance car but don't risk it. Rain/Snow is very common and can make the downhill slippery and very dangerous. If starting in Montezuma over Webster Pass I'd suggest taking Georgia Pass back Northbound and making it a loop.
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heres a video i made with some clips of the trail if anyone is having second guesses or wonders. There are some people on here who i think have their ego's hurt when they see regular cars doing trails they think only Jeeps and Fj's should be doing but Webster Pass is no where near maxing out the potential of an outback or the likes. i never once scraped the bottom of the car or had any oh crap moments. This is the first all wheel drive car i have ever had and the first off road trail i have driven. For Rick Rigardo to say people die on Webster Pass is a bit extreme.... people die on I-25 too.... Anyways watch the video, i clipped in the "hardest" parts. Don't get me wrong there or big rocks and lots of slow bumpy driving but any stock all wheel drive car will get you to the top.
Great trail for the experienced or beginner (which i am)! There are a few parts that are sketchy unless navigated good as far as not wanting to bottom out or get stuck. I did this in a 2012 Outback and i must say i had no problems vehicle wise. there were a couple parts i got nervous or intimidated but the Subie pushed on! Only thing i have done to the car is 215/70/R16 Grabber AT2's and i cant stress how grateful i am to have had them! they add the extra confidence and traction needed!
I started at Hall Valley Campground side and finished in Montezuma. I am glad i chose this direction because coming form Montezuma there were a couple uphill switchbacks i think i would have either not made or had a heart attack doing! just very sharp and steep turns.... nothing too crazy as far as boulders or anything.
Weather was great. high 60's and sunny. at the top pretty windy with strong gusts but enjoyable. only saw in total about 3 jeeps and 2 four wheelers the whole journey. started about 07:30. hung around for about 2 hours at top. there are trials to hike if you would like.
This trail was a blast! We drove it in our stock TRD off road Tacoma. BUT there were two hair pin turns towards the top that were very banked and worth noting. We made it through them without any trouble.
We went early on Saturday morning and saw very little traffic but it did seem to be picking up by the afternoon.
The views are great and I'd definitely recommend doing it!
Great views, again this other guy is nuts it's nowhere near the difficulty of red cone. Beautiful views and probably won't need 4wd to get by (I didn't) easy ride up to the top of red cone area if you don't want to beat yourself up on the red cone trail.
Webster is a 4x4 trail no matter what a complete novice will tell you The majority of the trail you won't need to be locked in but more people have died on Webster Pass than even the "famed RedCone". The person who stated: "Any vehicle with good clearance can navigate Webster pass trail. You don’t need 4WD". is wrong an information like that will get you killed. He goes on to say: "The most significant challenge is is a river crossing. Depending on the time of year, the water can be 18"-36" deep". Please don't try even crossing 12 inches of water without a 4x4, I have seen cars swept away in less water that that if the conditions are right. Back to the trail, it is an awesome trip and taking your time will allow you to enjoy some of Colorado's finest scenery. There is an abundance of wildlife including mountain goat which you can see in my pictures, the other side of this pass is Radical but that is another review.....
Any vehicle with good clearance can navigate Webster pass trail. You don’t need 4WD. The road is rocky, reasonably level, and offers some minor challenges such as ruts and erosion. The most significant challenge is is a river crossing. Depending on the time of year, the water can be 18"-36" deep.
The accessibility of this road makes it a favorite for sightseeing, ATV’s, etc. On nice days and weekends you can expect moderate-to heavy (at least what I call heavy) traffic. Beautiful evergreen forests and alpine valleys. If there is no traffic, you can expect to see some wildlife. We've encountered mountain goats several times on top the pass.
The trail takes approximately 45 minutes each way so allow a couple hours to make the roundtrip. When you get to the top of the pass, you’ll intersect with Red Cone and Handcart Gulch trails. These trails have difficulty ratings of 7 and 6, respectively. A very steep decline on Red Cone makes it one of the most dangerous trails in the state. Unless you have the proper vehicle and experience, you’ll want to turn around and take Webster Pass Trail back down the mountain.