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Off-Highway Vehicles: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Leadville Ranger District

Quick Facts

Hagerman Pass

Beginning Elevation: 10,200 Feet (3179.6 Meters) junction with Turquoise Lake Road
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,725 Feet (537.7 Meters) traveling westward
Elevation Gain: 2,925 Feet (911.8 Meters) traveling eastward
Ending Elevation: 9,000 Feet (2805.5 Meters) junction with pavement on western side of pass
High Point: 11,925 Feet (3717.3 Meters) summit Hagerman Pass
Length, One-way: 22.5 Miles (37.5 Kilometers) Fryingpan Lakes Road to Turquoise Lake Road
Road Number: Forest Road 105




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General Description

Visitors traveling the entire Hagerman Pass Road from Turquoise Lake Road (Forest Road 105) to Fryingpan Lakes Road (State Highway 4) drive 22.5 miles. the western side of the pass, from Turquoise Lake Road to the summit of Hagerman Pass (Forest Road 104) is 7.3 miles. Hagerman Pass begins on the south side of Turquoise Lake about 4 miles west of the Sugar Loaf Dam. It continues on the western side of the pass past Ruedi Reservoir and onto State Highway 82 at Basalt.

Although not one of the more difficult passes in the area, four wheel drive vehicles are highly recommended. At the top of the pass, 12,075 feet, there are great views of the Turquoise Lake area to the east and the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness to the southwest. It's a good scenic drive for viewing wildflowers, pikas and marmots. Just east of the pass, look to the south over Hagerman Lake to see remnants of the Colorado Midland Railroad, which blazed through the wilderness to reach the silver mining town of Aspen in 1887.


Directions from Leadville: From Harrison Street turn on to West Sixth Street to County Road 4. Make a right on to County Road 4, at the "T", and drive to County Road 9 and the Sugarloaf Dam Site. From the Dam drive 4 miles to Hagerman Pass Road (Forest Road 105). Hagerman Pass Road will be on the left or south side of County Road 9.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: July through October (NOTE: Hagerman Pass Road is closed for natural resource protection from May 15 to June 30. Expect snow and mud in the Spring, Fall and Winter months.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: M Schoenfeld (Austin, TX)
Time of Day: 4 - 7 PM
Length of Time: 3 hrs
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Don't try it in a Ford Mustang Convertible - rented or not. We had no real idea what we were getting in to - we had planned to take Fryiung Pan Road from Basalt to Minturn then turn north to Eagle and had been told that that road was ok - However we saw on the Colorado map that you could go on straight at Minturn and take the Hagerman Pass road back to Leadville so we opted for that. Bad idea but turned out to be spectacular - just slow and difficult in the mustang
Conditions: Had great conditions except for some wash out areas and rocks in the road - would have been no problem for 4WD but in a mustang - slow and go
Water Availability: Since we were driving - no problemo - wish we had wine or beer though - would have helped us serpentine

Filed By: Robb Barnes 111 (Thornton, Co)
Time of Day: 330
Length of Time: 1, 45 min
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The road was really dry and dusty,lots of smoke in the air from all the surrounding forest fires,otherwise a great trip

Filed By: Steve Green (Littleton, CO)
Time of Day: 10AM
Length of Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: On a motorcycle this is an easy one. Other than a couple of permanent running water puddles on the west side I could get a Gold Wing over this one. (Probably still could even with puddles.) It is a lovely pass though and leads to the wonderful road from Ruedi Res to Basalt. On a DS bike you can really rail down that canyon. Or combine it with Crooked Creek pass to come out at Eagle Colorado. Watch the mud there when wet.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON History Hagerman Pass Road - historic access road from Leadville to Aspen
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Hagerman Pass
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Hagerman Pass Road - Lyle/Mormon Lakes Trail, Native Lake Trail, Colorado Midland Trail, Colorado Trail (Segment #10)
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Hagerman Pass Road - Lyle/Mormon Lakes Trail, Native Lake Trail, Colorado Midland Trail, Colorado Trail (Segment #10), Sugarloaf Mountain Road
Yes
ICON Hunting Holy Cross Wilderness, Hunter - Fryingpan Wilderness
No
ICON Mountain Biking Hagerman Pass Road
Yes
ICON ATV Riding Hagerman Pass Road
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Hagerman Pass Road
Yes
ICON Backcountry Skiing Hagerman Pass Road - Skinner Hut
Yes
ICON Snowmobiling Hagerman Pass Road - winter closure gates create on western side of pass create recreation opportunities.
Yes
ICON Snowshoeing Hagerman Pass Road - winter closure gates create on western side of pass create recreation opportunities.
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Hagerman Pass Road
Yes



Related Activities
Colorado Midland-Hagerman Pass Trail - This is a moderately easy loop in the Hagerman Pass area. This is a great walk for those with an interest in railroad and western history.

Colorado Trail (Turquoise Lake to Halfmoon Creek) - This section of the Colorado Trail is known as #10. It begins west of Turquoise Lake and ends 11.5 miles later in the Halfmoon Creek drainage.

Native Trail - This trail exists within the Mount Massive Wilderness Area. Hikers or horseback riders may use a number of different trail routes that vary in difficulty and/or length.

Turquoise Lake General Forest Area - The Turquoise Lake General Forest Area provides access to a plethora of recreation opportunities. Activities on land as well as in the water can be enjoy throughout the year.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Pike and San Isabel National Forests, 1920 Valley Drive , Pueblo, CO, 81008, Phone: 719-545-8737, Fax: 719-543-8926

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