Georgia Pass

Pike National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain270ft
Trailhead Elevation11,594ft
Elevation Min/Max11594/11814ft
Elevation Start/End11594/11594ft

Georgia Pass

Georgia Pass is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Summit County and Park County, Colorado. It is within Pike National Forest and White River National Forest. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 11,594 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 270 feet. The Georgia Pass (elevation 11,585 feet) and Georgia Pass (elevation 38,009 feet) saddles and the Georgia Pass survey point are near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Colorado Trail (Segment 6).

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Ania Savage
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"Hike in a southeasterly direction across the tundra. At 1 mile, cross the North Jefferson Trail that goes off to the left (northeast). In another 0.5 mile look for stunted trees bent by prevailing winds. Beyond these trees lies timberline and the trail enters a spruce forest. From here on down, the trail is continuously forested and the ground is often spongy, a pleasant relief for your dog. Since the Colorado Trail is open to bikers in this area, keep a sharp lookout for them and keep your dog at your side to avoid trail mishaps. Descend on several switchbacks the southeast side of the broad, forested ridge. Pass several small clearings along the way that bloom well into the season with yellow arnica, a star-shaped wildflower with heart-shaped-leaves."
4WD Adventures: Colorado (Adler Publishing )
Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson
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"The route commences at the intersection with Middle Fork of the Swan Trail. Initially, the road is easily accessible to 2WD vehicles but slowly becomes more difficult. Soon after the start, the route passes the town site of Parkville, the main mining camp in Summit County during the gold rush of the 1860s. All that remains of the once bustling town of ten thousand is the cemetery, which can be reached via a short walking track. Special Attractions: Historic route and mining sites; Parkville Cemetery; Can form a loop route, returning over Webster Pass. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface."
Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails, Vol. 1 (FunTreks)
Charles A. Wells
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"This trail is an interesting backcountry shortcut to Breckenridge from Denver if you are looking for a little adventure and a change in routine. You can access some fairly remote highlands from the south side via an easy road. There are several nice forest service campgrounds on the south side of the pass on a side road to Jefferson Lake. Georgia Pass was the most popular way to reach Breckenridge from the south in the early 1860s as thousands of crazed miners brought their wagons over the pass and down through the Swan River Valley. Eventually Hoosier Pass and Boreas Pass became the more popular routes, and Georgia Pass was abandoned. The moderate rating is based on a 2-mile stretch on the north side of the pass. The south side approach is easy. The entire route is very suitable for stock sport utility vehicles unless snow covered. The trail may be impassable in the spring because of one wet area on the upper north side."

Georgia Pass Trip Reports

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An interesting drive from the Breckenridge side - tough to navigate at times as there are multiple trail options and forks etc. With hindsight, the better option would have been to turn around and go back the same way to Breckenridge, as the remainder of the trail to Jefferson isn't that interesting (aside from more options to take in fall color).
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This is a nice trail but it is more for cyclists - not a great walk for hikers with dogs! There is some water on the trail but none higher up. For cyclists it seems like an awsome trail!
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This was my third trip over the pass, always from the Jefferson side. The first two times were in a 1970 Land Rover; this last time was in a new 4Runner. There has been a lot of refinement in transportation during the last 35 years.

To get to the top of the pass from the East/South is pretty easy. It's the trip down that can get exciting. It's easy to take the wrong path from the top (at least it was for me). The most likely-looking road (to the left)leads nowhere. The correct road looks like barely a road at all, but the one straight ahead is the only one that actually leads to Breckenridge.

The road on the West/North side is steep, primitive and in extreme disrepair. It's a challenging drive but manageable with care and patience. Things improve greatly after a few miles and eventually, you do get to Breckenridge as your reward.

There is lots of scenery along the way. The view from the top of the pass is great. When we went, the wildflowers were outstanding. Definitely worth the trip.

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Trail Information

Pike National Forest
Nearby City
Pike National Forest
White River National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Summit County #2 (incomplete), Park County #1; Trails Illustrated #104, 105, 108, 109; USFS White River National Forest, Pike National Forest
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