Jones Pass

Parshall, Colorado 80468

Jones Pass

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"This beautiful mountain valley is close to Denver and doesn’t require a drive over Berthoud Pass. There are several trails you can explore at this popular location near the Henderson Mine, but you share this trail with some off-road vehicles (all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles).

Enjoy a hike of any length, and soak in the views. You can combine this hike with Butler Gulch, and make it a loop hike. The Butler half will be vehicle-free."

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Colorado Powder Ghost Towns (Wilderness Press)
Peter Bronski
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"There’s tons of terrain within a relatively short distance of the trailhead. The Jones Pass side can be noisy with snowmobiles, but the snow slopes above treeline are worth it. Butler Gulch is a backcountry skier’s quiet paradise. The trees and lower slopes above treeline are excellent midwinter, while the massive snow slopes higher on the mountains are begging to be skied in spring. As the population of Denver and the Front Range grew during the early 20th century, so too did the demand for water. Bringing water to thirsty cities and towns was the unlikely beginning of skiing at Jones Pass."

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This was the first trail I've skiied for quite a few years. With waxed skinny skis, I was able to go in for about 3/4 of a mile before I decided to put on the skins. It could be that a stronger skier could go farther without them. We probably only went in 2 miles, which was great for a first ski of the season. The snow was good. We didn't get to timberline, so I can't comment on the turns up there. However, since the trail is moderate to narrow in width, if you are practicing the tele turns on the trail coming down, they have to be pretty quick turns. Fun and peaceful, with a lovely view especially once you reach the clearing 3/4 mile in. I was a little nervous about the slope of the snow right at the trail in some spots farther in. Being pretty slow skiers who stopped a lot for water and also stopped to eat lunch for 15 minutes, we spent 2-1/2 hours up and back, all things included.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,600 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
10,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Additional Use
Clear Creek Ranger District, Arapaho National Forest
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