Rollins Pass Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Indian Peaks Wilderness Area and Roosevelt National Forest. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 11,675 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 682 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Rollins Pass Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"Road follows historic 1903 railroad route and features three outstanding trestles—two in excellent condition (hiking required). Boulder Wagon Road adds much interest to the trip and is not as difficult as it appears. Broken Thumb Trail is only difficult when accessed from the south end. To avoid difficult portion, access trail from bridge at end of F.S. Road 128.1B. Far north end of Broken Thumb Trail has one dangerous tippy spot before narrowing to a hiking trail."
--Charles A. Wells, ATV Trails Guide Colorado: Central Mountains (FunTreks).
"Rollins Pass Road, also known as the Moffat Road, follows the course of an historically significant railroad route. It is one of the most popular backroads in Colorado despite the fact that the road is closed at the top; therefore, each side of the pass must be driven separately. Understanding the history of the railroad route will immensely enhance your trip. Inexpensive brochures for a self-guided auto tour, sponsored by the Rollins Pass Restoration Association, are available at many locations in the area and from the Forest Service offices in Boulder and Fort Collins. (See contact information.) Popular ATV area. Suitable, under dry conditions, for any stock sport utility vehicle and many passenger cars."
--Charles A. Wells, Guide to Northern Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails (FunTreks).
"Road follows historic 1903 railroad route and features two lakes, stunning views and an easy hike to Needle’s Eye Tunnel.* You can climb over the top of tunnel and continue hike to Twin Trestles."
"Scenic route follows an old railroad grade used prior to the existence of the Moffat Tunnel. You can reach the Needle’s Eye Tunnel and east side of the Twin Trestles by taking the more difficult Boulder Wagon Road. The Needle’s Eye Tunnel is closed, stopping you from going down the east side. ATVs are allowed on main road and marked side roads. No parking at start, but as you climb, there are wide places along the side of road. Main route, under dry conditions, is suitable for any stock sport utility vehicle. Optional Boulder Wagon Road is narrow, rocky and a bit intimidating for novice drivers, but stock, high-clearance SUVs can do it."
"For years Rollins Pass has been a staple in the lexicon of high mountain riding near Boulder and Denver. Beginning on the Continental Divide’s eastern slope, the ride to the top of Rollins Pass provides a long, but relatively moderate hill climb to the summit and the Continental Divide at 11,671 feet. Along the way, riders are treated to dynamic views of the Indian Peaks and the Boulder Park Valley before arriving at the top. Following the bed of an old wagon train route, the trail passes through mixed conifer forests and around high-altitude lakes before arriving at the caved-in Needle Eye Tunnel and Rollins Pass. Since much of this route travels above timberline, riders should start early in the day to lessen the chances of being caught above timberline during a midafternoon thunderstorm, a common occurrence for this area. Terrain: Two-wheel-drive road, doubletrack, and singletrack that travel through mixed conifer forests and across hillside meadows to above timberline and the Continental Divide."
--Stephen Hlawaty, Mountain Biking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides).
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