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Quick Facts

Georgia Pass

Beginning Elevation: 9,735 Feet (3034.6 Meters) junction County Roads 54 and 35
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,850 Feet (576.7 Meters) from junction County Road 35
Ending Elevation: 11,585 Feet (3611.3 Meters) summit Georgia Pass
Length: 21.0 Miles (33.8 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 105, 109
Recommended Season: Summer
Road Number: 54 Michigan Creek Road
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Boreas Pass
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle to summit of pass from Jefferson, 4 WD to Breckenridge

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General Description

Georgia Pass is located on the Continental Divide at the north end of the Park Mountain Range. Georgia Pass was one of the first transportation routes to the Breckenridge area during the region's gold discovery era. However, both Hoosier and Boreas Pass proved to be easier access routes and Georgia Pass was soon abandoned.

The pass provides travelers with spectacular views of South Park. Mt. Guyot lies to the west of the pass on the Continental Divide. Today the Colorado Trail leads across Georgia Pass. This pass is open from June until October, weather dependent.

Directions from Fairplay: From Fairplay drive north on Highway 285 for 16 miles to the small town of Jefferson. Turn left on to County Road 35. Continue driving until you reach County Road 54, which will turn into Forest Road 54. The dirt road to the top of Georgia Pass is relatively accessible with a passenger vehicle, however; to continue onto the western portion of the mountain, four-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicles are recommended.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through October .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Lance (Denver, CO)
Time of Day: Morning
Length of Time: Approx. 2-12 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is an excellent road to hone a persons 4WD skills. The south side approach is rather easy as the road is in good shape and not too steep or narrow overall. The north side descent is much more challenging and is a fun drive down (I think it would be more difficult coming up the north side). Excellent views at the summit.

Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Technical without being dangerous. South approach is easy, north side is more fun. There's a 3 mile section where it is rough and narrow.

Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Very enjoyable and beautiful area, particularly in changeable weather - astounding views from the top. Especially fun was the rocky north side. Enough of a challenge to be entertaining without the risk of a walking spouse!! Very nice to come back to Denver by a different route than we came. -Bill Morgan

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cross-country Skiing Georgia Pass Road
ICON Automobile Travel Georgia Pass Road
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Georgia Pass
ICON Mountain Biking Georgia Pass Road
ICON Scenic Driving Georgia Pass Road
ICON Snowshoeing Georgia Pass Road
ICON Viewing Scenery Georgia Pass Road

Related Activities
Colorado Trail (Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass) - This segment of the Colorado Trail leads 11 miles from Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass. It is accessible to horseback riders, hikers and mountain bikers.

West Jefferson Trail - West Jefferson Trail begins in the Jefferson Lake area and climbs to Georgia Pass, 11,585'. Users can make a loop hike by following the Colorado Trail back to the campgrounds.

More Information

Visitor Information:

South Park Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, P.O. Box 219 , Fairplay, CO, 80440, Phone: 719-836-2031


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