Red Cone Pass

Pike National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain2,823ft
Trailhead Elevation9,872ft
Elevation Min/Max9872/12100ft
Elevation Start/End9872/9872ft

Red Cone Pass

Red Cone 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 5.0 miles long and begins at 9,872 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,823 feet.

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ATV Trails Guide Colorado: Central Mountains (FunTreks)
Charles A. Wells
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"Incredible views from Red Cone looking down to Webster Pass and Radical Hill in the distance. An extreme thrill ride coming down one-way section from Red Cone. When clear of snow, you can reach Webster Pass by going up Handcart Gulch."
Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails, Vol. 1 (FunTreks)
Charles A. Wells
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"The trip up is challenging and fun. You reach an elevation of over 12,800 feet with a spectacular 360-degree view. A real adventure with high views of a stunningly beautiful area. Return via Handcart Gulch, to complete a great loop route. Very popular area to explore on ATVs and dirt bikes. To drive this trail, you must have supreme confidence in your vehicle and your driving skills. This trail’s notoriety is based on an extremely steep 3/4-mile long, one-way descent from the top of Red Cone down to Webster Pass. This stretch is so steep it is difficult to walk down in places. It is extremely dangerous because your vehicle will likely roll if it gets sideways on the hill. Before descending, make sure there is no snow blocking your continued descent from Webster Pass, because you cannot turn around and drive back up Red Cone. This section is one way downhill only. Those who attempt to drive up this section will damage trail and risk getting the trail closed. Do not descend this section if Webster Pass is snow covered or you will get boxed in with no place to go. Only the most aggressive stock SUVs with experienced drivers should attempt this trail. Your best chance of a snow-free trip is in late August or early September."

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Beautiful Views at the top. This trail is rated "Difficult" in most publications. I would have to say this trail is fairly easy! You don't need to have locking diff. And you don't need 35's or better on your tire size.
The Trail I would rate a 3 star in terms of difficulty.
The Views I would rate a 5 star in terms of views and beauty!

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Trail Information

Pike National Forest
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Pike National Forest
Pike National Forest
Local Contacts
Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer; Pike National Forest map; Trails Illustrated #104
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