Hancock Pass Road, Forest Service Road 266/County Road 299, is the only drivable trail over the Continental Divide south of Cottonwood Pass in the Sawatch Mountains. It leads north/south two miles from Tomichi Pass Road to Williams Pass Road. A high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle is necessary for this route, which is rated as moderately difficult. Hancock Pass Road should not be attempted if any snow lies on the trail.
The beginning elevation for Hancock Pass Road, on Tomichi Pass Road, is 11,450 feet. Forest Road 266, Hancock Road south of Hancock Pass, stems from Tomichi Pass Road in Brittle Silver Basin. The road begins climbing north toward the Continental Divide. Within a mile the road reaches the divide and Hancock Pass.
On the northern side of the pass the road number changes to 299. Hancock Pass Road leads northeastward while descending into the upper Chalk Creek Valley. One and a half miles north of the pass County Road 299 ends at Forest Road 298. If you turn right at this junction the road will lead you to the abandoned town site of Hancock.
Directions from Pitkin: Drive north on Forest Road 765 two and a half miles to the Alpine Tunnel Road, Forest Road 839. Turn right on 839 and drive approximately seven and a half miles to Tomichi Pass Road, Forest Road 888. Travel one half mile east on Tomichi Pass Road to Hancock Pass Road, Forest Road 266.
Directions from St. Elmo: Travel south on County Road 295. You'll pass the town site of Romley at two and a half miles. Continue driving south on Hancock Road to the town site of Hancock, three and a half miles. Turn right on Forest Road 298, drive almost one half mile to County Road 299. This is Hancock Pass Road.