Boreas Pass

Breckenridge Colorado Cross Country Ski Trails

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Boreas Pass was originally built as a wagon train road and was later used as the route for the nation’s highest-elevation narrow-gauge railroad. From 1872 to 1938 a host of specially designed locomotives clanked along the tracks, handled the high altitudes, and ascended high grades and tight curves. In its time the railroad provided one of the most important means of transportation across the Continental Divide.
Winter Trails: Colorado-The Best Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails

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Winter Trails: Colorado-The Best Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails

by Andy Lightbody and Kathy Mattoon (Falcon Guides)

Boreas Pass was originally built as a wagon train road and was later used as the route for the nation’s highest-elevation narrow-gauge railroad. From 1872 to 1938 a host of specially designed locomotives clanked along the tracks, handled the high altitudes, and ascended high grades and tight curves. In its time the railroad provided one of the most important means of transportation across the Continental Divide.

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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: Breckenridge
Length: 7.2-13.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,140 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Novice to intermediate
Duration: 4 hours to all day
Trailhead Elevation: 10,229 feet
Top Elevation: 11,481 feet
Other Uses: Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing
Local Contacts: White River National Forest
Trail/Surface Quality: Ungroomed, but usually well tracked by skiers and snowshoers
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3/21/2002

If you're new to the world of snowshoeing this is a great hike for you. The difficulty level is extremely easy if you're just out for a short jaunt. Boreas Pass "trail" is actually a road that climbs gradually out of Breck and leads to the northern edge of South Park. You can make this hike as long as you want - a simple out and back or a really long out and back. Expect to see XC skiers and other hikers the entire way, this is a very popular trail.

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